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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

Broadway and Beyond

To see a show at Powerhouse is to be among the first to see what could be the next big theatrical hit.

Powerhouse is a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for new stories that go on to theaters across the country. In Fact, the 2016 Tony Award winners for Best Play and Best Musical, Stephen Karam’s The Humans and Lin Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking Hamilton, both trace their roots to Powerhouse.  Additionally, the Tony Award-winning plays Tru (Jay Presson Allen) and Side Man (Warren Leight) received premiere productions with Powerhouse Theater, and our audiences have seen nearly all of John Patrick Shanley’s works in development, including the first public reading of his Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play Doubt. In all, over twenty recently developed projects have had or will soon have major productions, including:

  • Head Over Heels, The Go Gos, Jeff Whitty and James Magruder (Broadway)
  • India Pale Ale, by Jaclyn Backhaus (Manhattan Theatre Club)
  • The Secret Life of Bees, by Lynn Nottage, Duncan Sheik and Susan Birkenhead (Atlantic Theatre Company)
  • Diana, by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan (La Jolla Playhouse)
  • The Great Leap, by Lauren Yee (Atlantic Theatre Company)
  • Hadestown, by Anais Mitchell (Broadway)
  • Alice by Heart, by Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik and Jessie Nelson (MCC Theatre)
  • Junk, by Ayad Akhtar (Broadway - Lincoln Center Theater)
  • The Last Match, by Anna Ziegler (Roundabout Theatre Company) 
  • A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, by Taylor Mac (St Ann's Warehouse)
  • The Wolves, by Sarah Delappe (Broadway - Lincoln Center Theater)
  • The Pain of My Belligerence, by Halley Feiffer (Playwrights Horizons)
  • Bright Star, by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell (Broadway)
  • Amy and the Orphans, by Lindsey Ferrentino (Roundabout Theatre Company)