Hartford Stage Company
Now in its 52nd season, Hartford Stage seeks “to enlighten, entertain, and educate by creating theatrical works of the highest caliber that have a transformative impact on our field, our audiences and our community.” Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, and in 2015/2016 will add three more world premieres to the present total of 68 world and American premieres it has presented. The company also features a distinguished Education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually. In 2011, Darko Tresnjak became the fifth artistic director to lead Hartford Stage. In partnership with Managing Director Michael Stotts, the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; and Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including its first Tony Award in 1989 for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Education Department programs include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses. The Education Department is committed to being a leader in providing in-school, theatre-based programs that promote creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
Hartford Stage will present student matinees of Romeo and Juliet directed by Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-show talkbacks, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 80 schools from Connecticut.