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Hartford, CT – Capital Community College (CCC) is proud to announce a new Associate Degree program in Theater Arts, beginning Fall, 2017. Students will get hands on experience through regional theater company internships, and will take classes taught by theater professionals from Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, Sea Tea Improv and HartBeat Ensemble, institutions the college has existing partnerships with through CCC’s popular place-based initiative, the Hartford Heritage Project. (

“We are proud to partner on this newest endeavor, which will further expand Capital’s campus across the entire city of Hartford and create classrooms and learning laboratories not just at Hartford Stage, but at partner theatres throughout the city,” said Hartford Stage’s Managing Director, Mike Stotts. “Not only does this hold tremendous potential for students to learn from professionals, but it creates an exciting opportunity for us as well: to help make the study of theatre more accessible and to deepen our involvement with students who live, work and study in Hartford.”

Graduates from the theater program will be prepared for entry-level employment in various aspects of theater production, such as stage and production management, lighting, sound, set, costume, as well as performance. The program will open a strong pathway for transfer to four-year institutions to complete a baccalaureate degree in theater or other majors, with degree requirements aligned with the Connecticut State Universities for seamless transfer into theater and other programs at Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western CT State universities. Students may select this pathway to launch their career in the theater profession or to give them a solid performing arts foundation that strengthens their communication skills, poise, ability to work in groups, and more.

“This is immersive, inclusive education that marries two amazing communities in Hartford: the theatrical community and CCC,” said Julia Pistell, Managing Director of Sea Tea Improv comedy theater on Asylum Street. “We can’t wait to offer space, instruction, and internships to the students right outside our doorstep.”

Julia Rosenblatt, HartBeat Ensemble’s Artistic Director, shared that for years, Hartford alumni of their Youth Play Institute (a professional paid internship in acting, playwriting, design or stage management for young adults 16-21) have been inquiring

where they can go for further training. “We are thrilled to finally have a local, affordable institution we can guide them to,” she said. “This is a huge step forward for the Hartford arts community.”

Fall classes at Capital Community College start August 29. Online registration for Fall begins April 10; walk in registration starts April 17.

For more information on the new theater program, please contact Kevin Lamkins, or (860) 906-5213.

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Capital Community College, located in the center of Hartford in the renovated, historic G. Fox building, is a public, open-door, educational institution committed to the metropolitan community it serves. Its mission is to provide higher education and lifelong learning to people of diverse cultures, abilities and ages, and to serve the needs of the community, government agencies and business and industry.