POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Powerhouse Theater was awarded the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Award for an Arts Organization in a ceremony held on October 10.
Presented by the Dutchess County Arts Council, the Arts Organization Award rewards an institution that has made an important contribution to the growth of the county’s cultural life over a significant period of time.
Powerhouse, which completed its 29th season this past summer, is a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film. Every summer, Powerhouse presents up to 20 different projects featuring more than 250 professional artists and theater students. The students come from across the county and around the world to participate in the season and form the Apprentice Company. Performances are marked by their professionalism, craftsmanship and affordable prices, making exceptional theater accessible to a broad audience.
Previous Powerhouse seasons have featured works by theater luminaries John Patrick Shanley, Eve Ensler, Beth Henley, Moises Kaufman and Jon Robin Baitz. This past season featured new work by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and memorable performances from Annabella Sciorra, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Linda Lavin.
“It’s an honor to have Powerhouse recognized by the preeminent arts organization in the county,” said Ed Cheetham, producing director of the Powerhouse Theater. “We’ve been going strong for nearly 30 years and our commitment to bringing high quality, professional theater and an outstanding training program to the college community and the Hudson Valley is unwavering.”
Johanna Pfaezler, artistic director of New York Stage and Film echoed this sentiment. “We are thrilled to be recognized with this award, especially now as we head into the 30th year of this extraordinary collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, which has impacted thousands of artists, and audience members."
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.