Porthouse Theatre College Academy | School of Theatre and Dance | Kent State University

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 2016 Porthouse College Academy Brochure

Dates and Tuition

Credit Hour Program Dates In-State Tuition Cost* Out-of-State Tuition Cost*
3 Credit Hours July 12 - July 31, 2016 $1,368.00 $2,454.00
6 Credit Hours July 12 - August 14, 2016 $2,736.00 $4,908.00

*Tuition is based on Fall 2015 rates and is subject ot change.

Who The Program Is For

  • 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.

Why Enroll

  • 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 12 - July 25

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 Footloose rehearsals and attend Master Classes from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

July 26 - July 31

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 Footloose on July 31

Students in the 3 credit hour workshop will be asked to perform in the cabaret-style Greenshow during opening weekend of Footloose. The option is available to continue in the Greenshow through August 16.

Please note: For students enrolled in the 3 credit hour program, Porthouse Academy ends on August 2. For those enrolled in the 6 hour program, Porthouse Academy continues through August 16.

July 26 - August 14 (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 Footloose. Students will work in the areas of management, run crew, and/or performance.


Jennifer Korecki

Coordinator, Porthouse Academy