The cornerstone of our artistic programming is the Powerhouse Theater Season, an eight-week partnership with Vassar College in the culturally vibrant Hudson River Valley.
Each summer, over 400 professional playwrights, directors, actors and designers, as well as 40-50 high-school and college-aged students – the Powerhouse Training Company – live and work together in a collaborative artistic environment. These artists work away from critical and commercial pressures at Powerhouse, allowing them to take risks as they explore and develop new projects.
We publicly present two dozen projects in June and July, from mainstage productions to workshops and readings, and our celebrated awards, fellowships, and residencies engage dozens of additional artists and several other theater companies each summer.
Our year-round programs in NYC offer dynamic services to artists throughout the year, and throughout the development of a project. They allow us to initiate collaborations and continue our relationship with artists, developing work progressively over time.
The NYC Reading Series, presented in collaboration with Barnard College, offers up to a week's worth of development to 5-7 plays and musicals in process, culminating in a free public reading in Barnard's Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater.
The Winter Season runs for several weeks in January and February, and emulates signature aspects of NYSAF’s celebrated Powerhouse Season: a diverse group of professional artists are served by workshops, readings, and residencies that rehearse side-by-side in a rigorous and nurturing environment; the work is presented publicly free of charge; and we foster community and collaboration between artistic peers and between artists and audiences.
The Filmmakers' Workshop supports early-career screenwriters and television writers with creative development and intensive professional mentorship, and applies NYSAF’s signature artistic tools to TV and film.
Each year, approximately ten writers benefit from a week-long summer creative residency; one-on-one feedback sessions with 3-4 professional mentors; developmental readings with professional casts; and panel discussions, screenings, and other production discussions, all designed to bring each project closer to completion. Approximately 6 months later, they reconvene in NYC for further project development, mentorship, and networking with the other writers in their cohort and with the industry.
Images from top:
Phillip Johnson Richardson; Powerhouse Mainstage; credit: Buck Lewis
Halley Feiffer & Trip Cullman; NYC Winter Season; credit: Any Ingalls
Jaki Bradley & Kevin Armento; Filmmakers' Workshop; credit: Buck Lewis