Theater Of The Performing Arts

An Entertainment Destination in Hartford!

Theater of the Performing ArtsThe Theater of the Performing Arts 600-seat, state-of-the-art proscenium theater. Facilities also include a 120-seat Black Box Theater, classrooms and support spaces. There's plenty of free, secured parking in the Learning Corridor parking garage. 

Enjoy our spacious, state-of-the art performance spaces where we present a spectrum of diverse programs, showcasing Arts Academy talent and local artists and organizations.

Our spaces are available for rent to outside groups.

Theater Us Info

17-18  Season

Six Plays Six daysSix Plays in Six Days

Directed by Brian Jennings and Mike Nowiki
September 23 7:30PM
Main Stage Theater; $5 General Admission. 

A week-long experiment where students create original plays from concept to fully staged productions in only six days, to be performed in front of an audience at the end of the week.


OSSO.S.S: Outstanding Studio Selections

Visual Arts Faculty and Student Exhibition.
Art & Bake Sale Fundraiser to support Community initiatives!!!

Reception October 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Theater Lobby Gallery
Free admission

Gallery runs October 25 November 15.

Choreographer's Showcase PosterChoreographers' Showcase

Directed by Judi Tolomea 
October 28, 7:30 PM

Main Stage Theater; $20 and $15 for adults

This year’s exciting program includes works by an impressive range of talent including Kate St. Amand  and Ryoko Kudo. The show will also include pieces by emerging artists Maiya Redding and Arts Academy alumni Trezon Dancy and Joseph Heitman.

These artists’ movement styles range from heartbreaking to lighthearted and feature a classic piece based on the movement of choreographer Jose Limon set to a music by Franz Schubert; a beautifully crafted and challenging contemporary dance set to classical piano by Chopin, and a piece that celebrates community in the African/modern funk dance movement. One night only!

On Sale October 9

Radium GirlsRadium Girls

Directed by Stacie Beard 
November 9, 11, 17 and 18 7:30PM
Black Box Theater $10 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The year was 1926. Madame Curie is an international celebrity and radium was a miracle cure for cancer. Luminous watches, dials and jewelry painted with this wondrous substance were everywhere. Then the girls who painted them began to fall ill with mysterious diseases. Based on a true story, D. W Gregory’s play " Radium Girls" traces the efforts of dial painter Grace Fryer as she files a lawsuit against the United States Radium Corporation. Set in New Jersey, "Radium Girls" is a fast-moving story about greed, wealth, science, and most of all- courage.


On Sale October 23 

Fall Showcase and Gallery Exhibition

November 21
Gallery Reception: 4:30-6:00 PM
Performance: 6:30PM
Main Stage Theater and Lobby
Free Admission

The Arts Academy’s annual fall celebration of student visual art, music and performance work. Visual Arts Fall Exhibition will be on display until December 15.

Knew, Know, NOW!!!

Reception: December 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Lobby Gallery
Free admission

Alumni Exhibition

Holiday Pops

Reception: December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater, $5 General Admission,
Tickets Available at the door. Cash or Check Only

All your favorite holiday songs, plus a sing-a-long, performed by the Arts Academy Vocal, Classical, Instrumental, and Jazz Ensembles. Proceeds go to benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund and the Music Department Fund for Guest Artists and Field Trips.

King of Hearts PosterKing of Hearts PosterKing of Hearts

Directed by Rachel Sinay
Music Direction by Melanie Guerin 
January 19, 20, 26, 27  7:30 PM
Black Box Theater; $15 for adults, $10 Students/Seniors

This musical is the story of Private Johnny Perkins, who has been sent on a mission to defuse a bomb that was intended to destroy a village. Upon his arrival, Private Perkins discovers that the inhabitants of the town have evacuated, leaving only escaped inmates from the insane asylum who have taken over the town. They proclaim Johnny as their leader, or King of Hearts. King of Hearts was first produced on Broadway in 1978, and is based upon the 1966 film “Le Roi de Coeur.”

On Sale January 1 


Directed by Alexa Melonopoulos Fleury  
February 9, 10, 16 7:30 PM 
Black Box Theater; $10 for adults, $5 Students/Seniors 

 This concert features work generated within the dance department’s curriculum. Choreographed and created by Arts Academy faculty to celebrate the importance of repertoire, original choreography and the ballet canon.

On Sale January 22 ​

Collaborate, Cultivate, Cre8!

February 27 Reception
Lobby Gallery
Free admission

A Collaborative Visual Arts Exhibition showing from February 27 - April 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ana and the Tropics PosterAnna in the Tropics  

Directed by Missy Burmeister
March 9, 10, 16, 17  7:30PM
Black Box Theater; $10 for adults, $5 Students/Seniors

Set in a cigar factory in Florida in 1929, this romantic drama tells the poignant story of workers who would listen to a lector read a story as they roll cigars. Enamored by the story, cigar workers would increase their production, making their job into an art. When the lector decides to read Anna Karenina, the passions and longings of the employees come to life under the words of Tolstoy’s timeless novel.
Nilo Cruz received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for drama for “Anna in the Tropics” the first Latin American author to win this prestigious award.

On Sale February 19

Music Intermezzo

March 21
6:30 PM
Main Stage Theater

Free Admission

Musical Theater Intermezzo

March 27
6:30 PM
Main Stage Theater

Free Admission

Dance Intermezzo

March 28
6:30 PM
Main Stage Theater

Free Admission

A Chorus Line - Director's Reception

Director's Recption

April 27, 2018
Informal Reception 6PM
A Chorus Line Performance 7:30 PM

The Greater Hartford Academy of Arts is pleased to present “A Chorus Line” as their annual spring musical. The Parents, Friends and Alumni Association cordially invites you to our Director's Reception on opening night!

Please join us April 27th at 6:00pm for the reception, which features a buffet dinner, wine, silent auction and the show! Dinner is sponsored by local restaurants including J's Restaurant, Peppercorn's Grill, Ted's Montana Grill, and more.

Your $50 ticket includes the reception, first look at the silent auction, and premiere seating for “A Chorus Line.”

Funds raised from the Directors’ Reception provide vital enhancements to Arts Academy programming and student support through field trips, master classes, specialized equipment purchases and scholarships.

If you are unable to attend the reception please consider making a donation to the Parents, Friends and Alumni Association by mailing a check to: PFAA, 15 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

We are also looking for auction item donations from local businesses, groups and organizations. Click below for more information about contributing. We appreciate your consideration in this worthy cause.   

Director's Reception   Donate to Auction        

Tickets Go On Sale April 2nd

Chorus Line
A Chorus Line

Directed by Kyle Reynolds 
April 27, 28, May 4, 5  7:30PM
Main Stage Theater; $25 and $15 for adults,
$15 and $10 Students/Seniors

“A Chorus Line” examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. The show tells the story of a group of dancers who are auditioning for a show. However, instead of making them read a short audition, the director asks each performer to talk about how they came to be in show business. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, as told to fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett, “A Chorus Line” is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. “A Chorus Line” also received the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


On Sale April 2

Creative Writing/Media Arts Intermezzo

May 9
6:30 PM
Main Stage Theater

Free Admission

Theater Intermezzo

May 17
6:30 PM
Black Box Theater

Free Admission

Sequence Size SHapeSequence, Size & Shape: Spring Exhibition

Reception May 23
Main Stage Lobby

Gallery runs until June 4

Senior Dance Performance

May 24,6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater

Free admission

Senior Musical Theater Performance

May 30, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater

Free admission

Student Directed Plays & Movement Rep Performance

June 8, 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater,

Free admission

Jazz and Ribs

Jazz and Ribs4:30 PM June 10, 2018
Black Eyed Sally's, Hartford
Call Box Office for Pricing
Box Office 860-757-6388

Enjoy a late afternoon of music and food as the Academy Big Band, Jazz Choir, and Jazz Ensembles perform for you. They will joined by accomplished jazz guitarist Rich Goldstein. Proceeds go to the Thomas J. Duffy scholarship fund. Order tickets by phone or at the door.

Event is at Black Eyed Sally’s
350 Asylum Ave, Hartford CT

Call the Box Office 860-757-6388 for tickets or pay at the door.

Art-4-Thought: Senior Thesis Exhibition Senior Thesis Visual Arts Exhibition

Reception: June 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Lobby Gallery

Free admission

Gallery runs June 14 June 19

Academy Awards

June 14, 6PM
Main Stage

Free admission