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Hartford Stage Company, Inc. Summer Studio

CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 5 Vernon St, Hartford, CT 06106


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Educational Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Fitness
  • Games
  • Music
  • Science Activities
  • Social Science Activities
  • Theater

Ages Served:

3–18 years old

Areas Served:

Avon, Bloomfield, East Granby, East Hartford, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Manchester, Marlborough, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks

Program Length:

1 week, 2 weeks, 3–4 weeks, 5–6 weeks

Start Date:

July 6, 2020 (first session)

End Date:

August 14, 2020 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–5:00 pm


$500–$1000, $1000+ Financial Aid Available, Offers Reduced Fee Based on Family Income. Since our program outcomes are performance-based, we stress from the onset the importance of participation in rehearsals and classes. Attendance is a requirement for participation in the final performance. All students and parents are notified of this before the start of the program with the understanding that casting may change in light of repeated absences.

At this time we do not offer transportation to our students. For some of our students, this may pose a problem on attendance, due to the lack of vehicle, relying on public transportation, work schedules, or other issues. Hartford Stage’s Summer Studio has staff who are trained in CPR/First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid. As of 2019, the program is a licensed camp through the State of Connecticut.

To Register:

Emely Larson
Studio Manager
Hartford Stage
50 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103
[email protected]
(860) 520-7277

More about our camp:

Hartford Stage’s Summer Studio is one of the state’s top youth theater programs. A continuation of the summer program that began at the now-defunct Hartford Children’s Theatre, Summer Studio offers high-touch, collaborative, creative theatre experiences for children ages 3–18. Classes are based around works of literature and make connections between literacy and performance. 

Studio classes are led by experienced teaching artists, many of whom have theater and/or education degrees from universities such as NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of Connecticut, Montclair State University, and Muhlenberg College. 

The theme for 2020 is “School Days,” and Hartford Stage will offer the following sessions. (Classes are subject to change based upon demand and space availability. Show titles are subject to change.) 


Teen Musical: Ages 14-18; July 6-Aug 8: 9 AM-5 PM. Each teen is cast in a musical theater production. Mornings are spent in rehearsals; afternoons are spent in classes in specific areas of interest to the students. Teens also have built-in opportunities to mentor younger students. Field trips enhance their work and encourage ensemble building. The program culminates with a full production at Hartford Stage.

Show for 2020: Hairspray 


Youth Ensemble: Ages 10-15; July 6-Aug 1: 9 AM-5 PM. Each student is cast in either a musical or non-musical production. Mornings are spent in rehearsals, while afternoons give actors the opportunity to explore electives of their choice. Once a week, the Youth Ensemble enjoys a field trip.

Shows for 2020: High School Musical Jr. and A Super Groovy Night’s Dream


Junior Troupe: Ages 8-11; July 6- 25: 9 AM-5 PM. Students will be cast in a musical production. Students will split their time between rehearsing and taking part in theater classes. Once a week, the Junior Troupe enjoys a field trip together.

Show for 2020: Schoolhouse Rock Kids


Children’s Cast: Ages 5-8; Session 1; July 6-17; Session 2: July 20-31: 9 AM-5 PM. Students participate in an array of playful activities, including story theatre, creative movement, music, puppetry, dance, and arts and crafts, as well as going on a weekly field trip. Each session ends in a mini-production that each cast creates based on favorite stories and characters.

One-Act Play: Ages 9-15; Aug 3-14: 9 AM-5 PM. Actors hone their skills with training in the basics of acting and improvisation, working toward the production of a one-act play.


Summer Bookends: Ages 5-8; Session 1: Aug 3-7; Session 2: Aug 10-14; 9 AM-5 PM. Students explore literature from summer reading lists through acting, music, creative movement, and arts and crafts. 

Day Dreamers: Ages 3-5; Session 1: July 6 – 10; Session 2: July 13 – 17; Session 3: July 20 – 24; 9 AM-12 PM. Our youngest artists enjoy a half-day of creative movement, music, story theatre, and puppet play.Each program concludes with an open performance.

Hartford Stage Summer Studio is Allergen-Friendly, Special Needs Accessible, and Summer School Compatible.