Porthouse Academy

Every summer, Kent State University's professional theatre Porthouse Theatre hosts multi-week theatre intensive workshops for high school and incoming or current college students in the form of Porthouse Academy.

Participation in Porthouse Theatre's High School Shadow Program is perfect for high school students who are interested in developing their musical theatre skills or expanding their interest in theatre design and technology.  Porthouse Theatre's College Academy is ideal for incoming freshmen who wish to jump start their college careers or strengthen their musical theatre skills. Porthouse Theatre's International Academy is a fantastic program for students from around the globe to study theatre in the United States and experience the workings of a professional theatre.

2021 Porthouse College Academy

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Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s summer professional theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will host its annual Porthouse Theatre College Academy during the summer of 2021.

The Academy is ideal for performance students looking to jump start their college career and further develop their musical theatre skills. Students who enroll elect to receive 3 or 6 credit hours toward their BA Theatre Studies or BFA Musical Theatre degree.

All classes are expected to be held in-person contingent upon and conforming to Kent State University’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

Dates and Credit Hour Options

3 Credit Hour Option

July 13 - 30

In State Tuition – $1,577.73*
Out of State Tuition – $2,687.73*

6 Credit Hour Option

July 13 - August 15

In State Tuition – $3,155.46*
Out of State Tuition – $5,375.46*

* Kent Campus 2020-2021 Tuition Guarantee Cohort Rates (TGCR)


Students can expect to take 1-credit hour classes in Musical Theatre Dance, Musical Theatre Performance, and Acting and Monologue Preparation.


Summer housing will be in Stopher and Johnson Halls at a rate of $225 per week. Rooms are single rooms with private bathrooms.


Register for the 2021 Porthouse College Academy

Contact Jennifer Korecki at 330-672-8312 or jkoreck1@kent.edu

Porthouse High School and International Academies Cancelled for 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Porthouse Theatre's academies are cancelled for the summer of 2021.

For More Information

Jennifer Korecki

Coordinator, Porthouse Theatre College Academy and High School Shadow Program

Jakyung Seo

Coordinator, Porthouse Theatre International Academy