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.

Porthouse Academies Cancelled for 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Porthouse Theatre's academies are cancelled for the summer of 2020. We look forward to welcoming students back for Porthouse's educational programs in the summer of 2021.



Download 2020 Porthouse College Academy Brochure

Dates and Tuition

Credit Hour Program Dates In-State Tuition Out-of-State Tuition
3 Credit Hours CANCELLED $1,478.00 $2,564.00
6 Credit Hours CANCELLED $2,846.00 $5,018.00

*Please note: These rates are approximate and are subject to change for Fall 2020 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 7 - 19

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 West Side Story rehearsals and attend Master Classes from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

July 20 - 26

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 West Side Story on July 24

Students in the 3 credit hour workshop will be asked to perform in the cabaret-style Greenshow during opening weekend of West Side Story. The option is available to continue in the Greenshow through August 9.

July 26 - August 9 (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 West Side Story. Students will work in the areas of management, run crew, and/or performance.


Jennifer Korecki

Coordinator, Porthouse Academy