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ThInterior.jpg The Theater of the Performing Arts 600-seat, state-of-the-art proscenium theater. Facilities also include a 120-seat Black Box Theater, classrooms and support spaces. There's plenty of free, secured parking in the Learning Corridor parking garage. 

Enjoy our spacious, state-of-the art performance spaces where we present a spectrum of diverse programs, showcasing Arts Academy talent and local artists and organizations.

Our spaces are available for rent to outside groups. 



Choreographers’ Showcase

Directed by Judi Tolomea
October 29, 7:30 PM
Main Stage Theater; $20 and $15 for adults;
$15 and $10 for students/seniors

This performance will include modern dance, contemporary ballet, and hip hop - with Hartford premieres by world-renowned choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, artistic director of Urban Bush Women; Kate St. Amand, co-artistic director of Syren Dance; and emerging choreographer, Maiya Redding from  Chicago. Featured Connecticut choreographers include Lorelei Chang, artistic director of DancEnlight and Corrine Bates, Arts Academy Dance Faculty; and includes workby Arts Academy Alumni Rosanna Karabetsos.



By Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière
Directed by Missy Burmeister
November  10, 12, 18 & 19, 7:30 PM.
Black Box Theater, $10 Adult, $5 Student/Senior

Molière’s classic farce explores hypocrisy and deceit. Preaching piety, two faced Tartuffe has duped the head of the household into believing he is a man of great religious faith while he schemes to steal Orgon’s fortune, marry his daughter, seduce his wife and take over his home.


Fall Showcase and Gallery Exhibition

November 22

Gallery Reception: 4:30-6:00 PM,
Lobby Gallery
Free Admission

Performance: 6:30PM
Main Stage Theater
Free Admission

The Arts Academy’s annual fall celebration of student visual art, music and performance work.
Visual Arts Fall Exhibition will be on display until December 15


Artistic Pluralism Defined. Alumni Exhibition Reception,

December 20, 4:30-6:00 PM.

Closing Reception
3:30-4:30 PM
Lobby Gallery

Free Admission


Finian's Rainbow

Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy
Lyrics by Harburg Music by Burton Lane
Directed by Kyle Reynolds
January 20, 21, 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m. Black Box Theater, $15 Adult, $10 Student/Senior

One of the most radical plays on Broadway when it premiered in 1947, “Finian’s Rainbow” is a musical that skewers racism and tweaks capitalism. Arguably the most racially provocative production to reach Broadway in its day, this oddly whimsical trifle about the Irishman Finian McLonergan and his daughter Sharon coming to America (Rainbow Valley, Missitucky) to make their fortune with the help of crock of gold stolen from the leprechaun, quickly becomes a serious comment about prejudice's roots, effects, and remedies.



Directed by Alexa Melonopoulus
February 10, 11, 17, 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater, $10 Adult, $5 Student/Senior

This concert features work generated within the dance department’s curriculum.  Choreographed and created by Arts Academy faculty to celebrate the importance of repertoire, original choreography and the ballet canon.



Collage, Create, Connect!!

February 16, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

February 16 - March 23

Lobby Gallery
Free admission

 A collaborative visual arts exhibition.


Journey to the West

By Mary Zimmerman    
Directed by Rachel Sinay
March 10, 11, 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m. Black Box Theater, $10 Adult, $5 Student/Senior

The story is taken from one of the great Chinese classical novels from the sixteenth century. It tells the rambling story of an unlikely foursome an insatiable pig, a ferocious river monster, and a very energetic if naughty monkey and a monk on his quest to Central Asia and India to obtain certain sacred texts. Zimmerman combines folklore, mythology and physical comedy mixed with an adventure story of suffering and redemption.

On Sale February 20, 2017

Music Intermezzo

March 22, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free admission

Musical Theater Intermezzo

March 28, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free admission

Dance Intermezzo

April 3, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free admission

Creative Writing/Media Arts Intermezzo

May 11, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free admission

Theater Intermezzo

May 17, 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater
Free admission

Develop, Design Spring Visual Arts Exhibition

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
April 20 - May 9
Free admission


In the Heights

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Directed by Brian Jennings
April 28 & 29 and May 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater,  $25 and $15 for adults; $15 and $10 for students/seniors

In the Heights tells the story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. In the Heights won the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. This production is not recommended for children under 14 due to adult language, content and themes.


On sale starting in March 27, 2017

Senior Dance Performance

May 25, 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater
Free admission

Senior Musical Theater Performance

May 31, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free admission

Student Directed Plays & Movement Rep Performance

June 2, 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater
Free admission

V. I. P.: Visually Important Projects Senior Thesis Visual Arts Exhibition

June 7, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

June 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Lobby Gallery
Free admission

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