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Hartt's Music Theatre 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, dance and musicianship classes -- along with weekly individual singing lessons and coachings -- 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 partnerships with the renowned Goodspeed Musicals and the Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage company are 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 musicals and other plays from across the theatrical repertoire. Starting with second year projects and culminating with full-scale, professionally designed productions, the season is chosen to provide each class with challenging onstage experiences. in the fourth year, our students are in residence at Goodspeed Musicals for three weeks in January working on a festival of new works. Music Theatre students may also audition for the Hartford Stage Company's annual production of A Christmas Carol as well as other Equity productions in the company's season. Many of our students join the Equity Membership Candidate Program during their time at Hartt.
Our location puts Hartt 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 Goodspeed Musicals and the Hartford Stage Company, our students regularly find opportunities with TheatreWorks of Hartford, Cape Cod's Monomoy Theatre and other local companies. The final year of study culminates with our showcase for industry professionals in New York.