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Playhouse Theatre Academy is dedicated to offering professional theatre programs for emerging artists of all ages and abilities. All students will learn from expert faculty who will share their exceptional abilities and love of theatre. Managed by Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc., Playhouse Theatre Academy is able to provide access to professional artists, productions and opportunities through our affiliation with Playhouse on Park. Whether your goal is to be a professional actor or to explore your imagination and creativity in a new way, the Playhouse Theatre Academy is a home for quality theatre instruction.
 

The 224 EcoSpace - Playhouse Theatre Academy is located at the beautiful 224 EcoSpace, 224 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105. Here you will find plenty of off-street parking, beautiful waiting areas, and dedicated teaching studios. The 224 EcoSpace in conveniently located (.5 miles from The Mark Twain House), providing easy access from all areas of Greater Hartford and beyond: just 2.1 miles from Playhouse on Park;  .3 miles from the I-84 W Sigourney St exit; 1 mile from I-84 E Sisson Ave. exit. The building is set back behind the parking lot and is purple in color! Parking is on the West Side.  Enter through the East Side entrance.

Instructors subject to change.

AGES 4-6
Creative Kids - Monday

Mondays 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Instructor: Helena Morris
(also see the Saturday Creative Kids sessions)

Session 1: classes held 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 (Share Day)
Session 2: classes held 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3 (Share Day)
Session 3: classes held 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 (Share Day)
Session 4: classes held 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 (Share Day)

 

These classes may be taken individually or as a series, each class will have its own focus. Although you will get the most benefit from taking all 4 sessions, each class can stand on its own. Explore different themes each session, from Dr. Seuss to Medieval Times, you’ll never visit the same place twice!

Class Description: Welcome to the world of theatre! Children will explore their creativity through imaginative play and ensemble games. Exercises and games will focus on acting, storytelling, puppetry, music, and movement. Kindergarten prerequisite, but children ages 4 and older who have attended pre-k are welcome to register with approval.

Fee: $135 for one session, get all 4 for $432, a savings of 20% off the session price. One time $15 registration fee. 


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AGES 4-6
Creative Kids - Saturday

Saturdays 10:00 am - 11:00am, Instructor: Elizabeth Simmons

4 (8-week) sessions
Session 1: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 (Share Day)
Session 2:
11/9, 11/16, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 (Share Day)
Session 3:
2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 (Share Day)
Session 4:
3/28, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 (Share Day)

These classes may be taken individually or as a series, each class will have its own focus. Although you will get the most benefits from taking all 4 sessions, each class can stand on its own. Explore different themes each session, from Dr. Seuss to Medieval Times, you’ll never visit the same place twice!

Class Description: Welcome to the world of theatre! Children will explore their creativity through imaginative play and ensemble games. Exercises and games will focus on acting, storytelling, puppetry, music, and movement. Kindergarten prerequisite, but children ages 4 and older who have attended pre-k are welcome to register with approval.

Fee: $135 for one session, get all 4 for $432, a savings of 20% off the session price. One time $15 registration fee.  


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AGES 7 - 12
Advanced Young Actors: Perform a Play

Mondays 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Instructor: Elizabeth Simmons

24 classes: 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1 Show Date 6/8

Join us for a full rehearsal and performance process, halfway through the session families are welcomed to an invited rehearsal to see their progress. Students will be challenged and grow their skills in this advanced option, where they make the play their own!

Class Description: This class is geared more towards the process of putting together a script and a performance utilizing the fundamentals of acting. Create, rehearse, and perform an original one act piece that culminates in an end of year performance. Students must have taken two sessions of Creative Kids or Young Actors classes to register.

Pricing: $395 for Full Program. One time $15 registration fee.

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AGES 7 - 12
Young Actors: Theatre Technique

Saturdays: 11:00 am - 12 noon
Instructors: Elizabeth Simmons

4 (8-week) sessions
Session 1: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 (Share Day)
Session 2: 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/11, 1/18 (Share Day)
Session 3: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14 (Share Day)
Session 4: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 (Share Day)

Class Description: This class is for students who want to learn acting skills as well as how to work together in an ensemble. Working with scenes and monologues as well as improvisation, students will build confidence in front of their peers and practice being truthful and engaging on stage.

Pricing: $135 for one session, get all 4 for $432, a savings of 20% off the session price. One time $15 registration fee. 

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AGES 7 - 12
Young Actors Comedy & Improvisation

Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Instructor: Helena Morris

4 (8 week) Sessions
Session 1: classes held 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 (Share Day)
Session 2: classes held 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15 (Share Day)
Session 3: classes held 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11 (Share Day)
Session 4: classes held 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 (Share Day)

Register for All 4 Sessions: Additional Sketch/Improv Show Date 6/3 (Share Day)

These classes may be taken individually or as a series, each class will have its own focus. Although you will get the most benefit from taking all 4 sessions, each class can stand on its own. Explore different themes each session, from silent film comedy to fast paced improvisation, you’ll get a new laugh each time!

Class Description: For students who love to clown around, tell jokes, and act out comedic characters! Learn to create, rehearse, and perform sketch comedy and improvisation games. Enhance creativity and imagination through characters and relationship. This class has an option of registering for 1 session for skill building or a 4 session advanced option with a sketch/improv show at the end of the year.

Pricing: $135 for one session, get all 4 for $432, a savings of 20% off the session price. One time $15 registration fee.

Registration Form


In cases of inclement weather, Playhouse on Park educational programs follow the Hartford Public School schedule. If Hartford schools close early or are closed for the day, Playhouse on Park classes will not run, and the missed class will be rescheduled.

We will do our best to email every student who would be affected by a cancelation. If we decide that for the safety of our students and staff we need to reschedule a class even though Hartford Schools are open, we will notify all students via email.