Porthouse International Academy

The Porthouse International Academy

The Porthouse Theatre is Kent State University’s outdoor summer theatre located about 20 minutes from the main campus. They have entertained Northeast Ohio audiences since 1968 and show no signs of slowing down.  Every summer, more than 20,000 guests enjoy the Porthouse experience in the 500-seat covered theatre.

Now, Kent State University is offering a unique summer program for domestic and international students who are interested in the performing arts. They have the option to spend three weeks on the Kent campus from July 12 to August 14, 2016 to experience the inner workings of a professional theatre, while taking classes in English, dance, acting and voice. Students will also receive intensive training from professional actors, designers and technicians. They will be able to observe rehearsals and attend a performance of Footloose on opening night as well

Jakyung Seo is an Associate Professor of Lighting Design at Kent State and the Coordinator of the Porthouse International Academy.  She previously taught at the University of Cincinnati and California State University at Fresno.  She has designed more than 60 shows around the US and abroad, including South Pacific, Man of La Mancha and numerous dance performances.  In addition to this, she is an International Relation Contractor who developed the partnership between two international theatre companies in France and Korea.

According to said Seo, “Students in the International Academy will have the chance to interact and make connections with theatre artists from all over the world.  It is also a great opportunity for them to take classes with American college students because they develop an intercultural connection in the classroom that is important for both international and domestic students. We do have some concerns including language barriers and cultural differences, but they will benefit more from understanding their differences and respecting one another’s cultures.  Eventually this experience will add to their future work in a global environment.”

The cost of the program is $2,100, which includes tuition, housing and transportation from the campus to Porthouse Theatre. This price also includes two 1-day shopping or sightseeing trips and access to the Kent State Recreation Center and University Library. Students will be responsible for flights, insurance, food and personal expenses.

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