Porthouse College Academy

The Porthouse Theatre Academy is a musical theatre summer intensive program for high school graduates intending to enroll at Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance as a theatre major. Participants may enroll in either the 3 or 6 credit hour program.



Download 2019 Porthouse College Academy Brochure

Dates and Tuition

Credit Hour Program Dates In-State Tuition Out-of-State Tuition
3 Credit Hours July 9 – 28, 2019 $1,478.00 $2,564.00
6 Credit Hours July 9 – August 11, 2019 $2,846.00 $5,018.00

*Please note: These rates are approximate and are subject to change for Fall 2019 admission. These rates do not include housing, meals, insurance, or any personal expenses. These rates also do not include a $110.00 non-refundable Arts fee. University fees are subject to change.



  • Students already accepted into the BFA Musical Theatre Program who wish to get a head start on their college career.
  • Students who are not accepted into the BFA Program and are seeking assistance in strengthening their audition skills. The students will have the opportunity to reaudition for the BFA Musical Theatre program after the completion of the summer intensive.
  • Current Kent State Theatre majors who would like to audition for the BFA Musical Theatre Program.


  • Receive three credit hours all of which apply to the graduation requirements in both the BFA Musical Theatre and the BA Theatre Studies Programs.
  • Get a head start in the School of Theatre and Dance and prepare for the main stage season auditions.
  • Receive advanced training in audition preparation.
  • Enroll in the Equity Membership Candidate Program and receive up to five AEA points.
  • Network with professional theatre artists from across the country.

structure and Schedule

July 9 - July 21

Students will enroll in three 1 credit hour courses:

  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Voice and Ensemble Singing
  • Acting and Monologue Preparation

These classes will meet Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

Students will attend The Music Man rehearsals and attend Master Classes from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

July 22 - 28

Students will attend:

  • The three 1 credit hour classes from 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Rehearsals from 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Opening night of The Music Man on July 26

Students in the 3 credit hour workshop will be asked to perform in the cabaret-style Greenshow during opening weekend of The Music Man The option is available to continue in the Greenshow through August 11.

July 22 - August 11 (6 Credit Hour Program Only)

Students will attend:

  • Master Classes and/or rehearse new musical from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Perform in Greenshow at Porthouse from  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Work in assigned area at Porthouse from 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Those enrolled in the 6 credit hour program will receive hands-on experience during the production of The Music Man. Students will work in the areas of management, run crew, and/or performance.


Jennifer Korecki

Coordinator, Porthouse Academy