Classes

Recent Faculty

Acting Amara James Aja, Jordan Mahome
Creative Collaboration Lab Liz Dahmen, Max Reuben
Creative Theater Making Ellenor Riley-Condit
Directing - Script Analysis Cloteal Horne
Directing - Stage Composition Liz Dahmen
Movement Matt Mastromatteo, Ellenor Riley-Condit
Playwriting Max Reuben
Script Analysis Amara James Aja
Soundpainting Max Reuben
Text Analysis Avery Glymph
Voice and Speech Cloteal Horne

 

Actors

Actors gain practical tools that they can begin to apply to their varied projects. They meet for class daily, with the core classes being acting, voice, text, movement, script analysis and Soundpainting. Classes are taught by leading artists in their fields. The core curriculum is supplemented with workshops, master classes and discussions with artists in residence. Actors are cast in one of the two outdoor productions plus studio projects and workshops.

At the end of the program, actors are cast in new theatrical pieces, developed over the course of the summer by the directors and writers of the training company.

Directors

Directors meet in two sessions, each twice a week, with one session devoted to the reading and analysis of text, and one session devoted to the fundamentals of theatrical composition. Additional classes in acting, collaboration, movement, Soundpainting, and a roundtable discussion of the Powerhouse season support these sessions.

At the end of the program, directors and writers will collaborate to present a new theatrical piece, developed over the course of the summer, featuring actors from the training company.

Playwrights

Playwrights gain practical tools for generating work by writing and revising new short plays every week, both in and out of a rehearsal process. Additional classes in acting, collaboration, movement, Soundpainting, and a roundtable discussion of the Powerhouse season support these sessions.

At the end of the program, writers and directors will collaborate to present a new theatrical piece, developed over the course of the summer, featuring actors from the training company.

Master Classes

Below are some members of the Powerhouse community who have shared their time through master classes and/or talkback sessions designed exclusively for training program participants:

Ayad Akhtar*

Ken Barnett

Hunter Bell

Jocelyn Bioh

Sarah Benson

Eli Bolin

Mario Cantone

Michael Cassara

Rachel Chavkin

Will Davis

Sarah Delappe

Jeremy Dobrish

Erik Ehn

Scott Elliot

Michael Esper

Raúl Esparza

Santino Fontana

Marcus Gardley

Zach Helm

Elizabeth Hess

Don Holder

Laura Innes

Russel G. Jones

Thomas Kail

Sheryl Kaller

Michael Mayer

Joanna Murray-Smith

Josh Radnor*

Bill Rauch

José Rivera

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld

Steven Sater

John Patrick Shanley

Duncan Sheik

Cotter Smith

Cory Michael Smith

Cheri Steinkellner

Gerard Stropnicky

Lucy Thurber

Shona Tucker

Jennifer Westfeldt

Scott Wojcik

*former Powerhouse Training Program Participant