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Actor Training


Hartt's Actor Training program is dedicated to a comprehensive and rigorous style of training that creates artists who are physically, intellectually and emotionally prepared for the extraordinary demands of the acting profession.  In a carefully planned progression of acting, voice, movement and text analysis classes, students expand both their craft and their creative imagination so that they can be successful in a wide range of theatrical styles from the contemporary to the classical.  Our unique Partnership-In-Training with the Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage Company is part of our thorough career preparation curriculum that readies our students to seek work as professional actors.

Performance opportunities at Hartt are extensive and designed to expose students to plays from across the theatrical repertoire.  Starting with second year projects and culminating with full-scale, professionally designed productions, the plays are chosen to provide each class with challenging onstage experiences.  In the spring semester of the third year, Actor Training students receive approximately ten weeks of intensive Shakespeare training in England with our faculty from the professional British theatre.  Attendance at several productions in London and Stratford enhance this unique educational opportunity.  Fourth-year students may audition for roles in the Hartford Stage Company's annual production of A Christmas Carol as well as various other Equity productions in the company's season.  Most of our students join the Equity membership Candidate Program during their time at Hartt.

Our location puts The Hartt School in the middle of this country's most vibrant theatrical community.  From New York to Boston to a vast array of highly regarded regional theatres, Hartt students have a short trip to the best professional theatre in America. In addition to our relationship with the Hartford Stage Company, our students regularly find opportunities with TheatreWorks of Hartford, Goodspeed Musicals, Cape Cod's Monomoy Theatre and other local companies.  The final year of study culminates with our showcase for industry professionals in New York.

Major in Actor Training (134 credits)

First Year

Subject Code Course Title Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2 
HTA 110-111 Voice I - II 3 3
HTA 120-121 Movement I - II 3 3
HTA 130-131 Acting I - II 3 3
HTA 140-141 Rehearsal/Performance I, II 1 1
AUCC, AUCS All University Curriculum 3 3
HTS 140-141 Stagecraft 1 1
CPO 404, 405 Music Theatre Chorus/Laboratory 1 1
MUS 110,111 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 0.5
RPW 110 - 111 Reading and Writing I - II 3 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
Total Credits 18.5 18.5

Second Year

HTA 210-211 Voice III - IV 3 3
HTA 220-221 Movement III - IV 3 3
HTA 230-231 Acting III - IV 3 3
HTA 240-241 Rehearsal/Performance III - IV 1 1
AUCT, AUCW All-University Curriculum 3 3
M 110, 114 or 116 Precalculus/Statistics/ Contemporary Mathematics 3 -
DRA 362 Development of Theatre - 3
HTA 200-201 Text Analysis I - II 2 2
MUS 110,111 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 0.5
Total Credits 18.5 18.5

Third Year

HTA 305 Study in England - 6
HTA 310 Voice V 3 -
HTA 320-321 Movement V - VI 3 3
HTA 330 Acting V 3 -
HTA 360-361 Projects I - II 3 3
Academic Elective 3 -
HTA 300 The Shakespearean Context 3 -
Total Credits 18.0 12

Fourth Year

HTA 331 Acting VI 3 -
HTA 410-411 Voice VII - VIII 2 2
HTA 440-441 Rehearsal/Performance V - VI 6 3
HTA 451 Career Preparation - 3
HTA 461 Projects III - 1
Academic Elective - 3
HTA 400 Shakespeare in Text and Performance 3 -
HTA 412 Acting for the Camera - 4
Total Credits 14 16

Note: Theatre students must maintain a 2.67 major GPA at all times.

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