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Carol Ostrow: The Power Behind Powerhouse

[ photo: Carol Ostrow ]

The Power Behind Powerhouse

Now a cornerstone of the summer arts scene in the Hudson Valley, the Powerhouse Summer Theater Program began in 1985 when Carol Ostrow '71, who was teaching in the Drama Department at the time, introduced the principals of New York Stage and Film (Leslie Urdang, Mark Linn-Baker, and Max Mayer) to Evert Sprinchorn, then head of the Drama Department. New York Stage and Film was looking for a place away from the N.Y.C. pressure-cooker to develop new plays, and Sprinchorn had wanted for a long time to create a summer theater program for Vassar students. What was, and still is, innovative about the program that emerged from that meeting was the collaboration between an academic institution and a professional theater company. In the years since, Powerhouse has produced hundreds of new works in theater and film and has trained generations of theater apprentices from colleges and universities all over the country. Numerous Powerhouse productions have gone on to Broadway and Off-Broadway, including Tony Award winners Sideman by Warren Leight and Tru by Jay Presson Allen and the smash-hit hip-hopera The Bomb-itty of Errors.

VV Spring 2004