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Actor Training


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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.

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