Hartford Stage Company, Inc. Summer Studio
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, located at 359 Washington Street in Hartford
- Academic Enrichment
- Creative Writing
- Educational Activities
- Field Trips
- Science Activities
- Social Science Activities
Ages Served:3–18 years old
Areas Served:Andover ; Avon ; Bloomfield ; Bolton ; Canton ; East Granby ; East Hartford ; East Windsor ; Ellington ; Enfield ; Farmington ; Glastonbury ; Granby ; Hartford ; Hebron ; Manchester ; Marlborough ; Newington ; Rocky Hill ; Simsbury ; Somers ; South Windsor ; Suffield ; Tolland ; Vernon ; West Hartford ; Wethersfield ; Windsor
Program Length:2 weeks, 3–4 weeks, 5–6 weeks
Start Date:June 28, 2021 (first session)
End Date:August 6, 2021 (last session)
Hours of Operation:9:00 am–5:00 pm
$200-$500; $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.
We will be following state guidelines for summer camps and implementing new health and safety protocols.
50 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103
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.)
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.
*This program will be following a hybrid model of part virtual/part in person*
Teen Musical: Ages 14-18; Virtual rehearsal July 6-16: In person rehearsal July 19-30: 10 AM-4 PM. Teens will rehearse and perform in a full production of Ranked — A new musical (it debuted in 2018) about a world where a person’s future is solely determined on their grade ranking in High School. Competition for standing is fierce and friendships are on the line. The first two weeks of the program will be spent online learning and recording music before moving in person to learn staging and film the performance.
Junior Troupe: Ages 8-11; July 6- 24: 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.
Children’s Cast: Ages 5-8; Session 1; July 6-16; Session 2: July 19-30: 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.
Hartford Stage Summer Studio is Allergen-Friendly, Special Needs Accessible, and Summer School Compatible.