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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


The Powerhouse Theater Season uses five different venues for its productions:

Hallie Flanagan-Davis Powerhouse Theater

Powerhouse Mainstage Productions and workshops are held in the 145-seat Powerhouse Theater. The black box theater takes its name from the building’s former life, as the college’s actual powerhouse, built in 1912 to accommodate Vassar’s changeover from gas to electric power. In 1973, the original structure was reinvented and renamed the Hallie Flanagan Davis Powerhouse Theater, in memory of the legendary dramatist who created the Experimental Theater at Vassar in the early 20th century. A little more than a decade later, in 1985, the theater housed the first Powerhouse Theater Season.

Martel Theater in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Powerhouse musicals and concert readings are held in the 325-seat Martel Theater, in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, opened in 2003. Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Cesar Pelli and Associates, the Broadway-standard Martel Theater features a traditional proscenium-style stage.

Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Powerhouse Inside Look plays, workshops, and readings are held in the 125-seat Susan Stein Shiva Theater. The building was the college’s original coal bin and was converted to a black box theater in 1994.


The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

The Training Company performs classic plays and new works in the courtyard at the Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve. Performances  are free to the public. In the event of severe weather, the productions are held onsite, inside the newly renovated barn. 


Belle Skinner Hall of Music

This season, a Powerhouse Inside Look play and a reading are taking place in the expansively elegant 499 seat Mary Ann Fox Martel Recital Hall located in the Belle Skinner Hall of Music. The neo-Gothic building founded in 1931 is dedicated after lifelong scholar and collector of music Belle Skinner '87 - that is, 1887.