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Herencias Latinas

Herencias Latinas / Latino Culture

The newest initiative of its Hartford Heritage Project!

Herencias Latinas & HHP

The Hartford Heritage Project, established in 2011 and expanded in 2021 to include The Black Heritage Project, has systematically sought to bring the richness of the city’s history and culture into the classroom, connecting students and faculty with numerous educational institutions and organizations throughout downtown and the greater Hartford area.

In Spring 2023 the college officially launched “Herencias Latinas” – the segment focused on Latino culture. Over the next couple of years, students, faculty and staff will explore the many facets of Latino life in the Hartford area, establish new connections with area organizations, develop educational activities and initiatives intended to expand the college’s commitment to understanding and appreciating the diversity and complexity and history of the Latino population of the city of Hartford.

FALL 2023

CT State Capital is pleased to announce a special series of events to welcome Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes on October 24, 2023 for Living Between Cultures: Identity and Belonging, a conversation with Melia Bensussen, Artistic Director of Hartford Stage. The program starts with a special event for students at Capital. All events are free, but registration is required.

Free Admission | Registrations Required
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Schedule of Events
Oct. 24th
2:00 pm Capital Community Only: Meet Quiara, Library, 5th floor CT State Capital
950 Main Street, Hartford CT 06103
5:00 pm Welcome Reception
Live music by Carlos Hernández Chávez & Gonzalo Cortés
Christ Church Cathedral
45 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103
7:00 pm Living Between Cultures: Identity and Belonging Hartford Stage
50 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Main Event

Living Between Cultures: Identity and Belonging features Pulitzer-Prize Winning Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes in conversation with Melia Bensussen, Artistic Director of Hartford Stage


Quiara Alegría Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

Quiara Alegría Hudes is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “Water By the Spoonful”; author of a memoir, My Broken Language; and screenwriter for the major motion picture In the Heights. Previously, she wrote the book (aka script) for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and Hollywood blockbuster In the Heights and authored other plays and musicals that have been produced around the world. Her notable essays include “High Tide of Heartbreak” in American Theater Magazine and “Corey Couldn’t Take It Anymore” in The Cut. In opposition of the carceral state, Hudes and her cousin founded Emancipated Stories, a platform where people behind bars can share one page of their life story with the world. As a barrio feminist and joyous mischief maker, Quiara y su hermana created the Latinx Casting Manifesto.

Melia Bensussen, Artistic Director, Hartford Stage

Melia Bensussen is the sixth artistic director, and the first woman, to lead Hartford Stage.  Melia began her tenure in Hartford in July of 2019, after serving as Chair of Performing Arts at Emerson College in Boston.  An Obie-award-winning director and artistic leader, she has directed extensively at leading theatres throughout the country, including productions at the Huntington Theatre Company, Sleeping Weazel, Shakespeare & Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Class Company, Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Bay Street Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, among others.  Raised in Mexico City, Melia is fluent in Spanish and has translated and adapted a variety of texts, including her edition of the Langston Hughes translation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Weddingpublished by TCG.  A graduate of Brown University, she is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, and a Princess Grace Directing Fellowship, as well as their top honor, the Statue Award.  Melia is the Chair of the Arts Advisory Council for the Princess Grace Foundation and serves as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

In the Heights - Official Trailer

In the Heights – Official Trailer

Quiara Alegría Hudes with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes on bringing In The Heights to the big screen

Quiara Alegría Hudes discusses her experience with Hartford Stage
Full YouTube playlist of Water By The Spoonful videos

Photos from Water By The Spoonful at Hartford Stage
Quiara speaks with students and faculty at Capital

Quiara Alegria Hudes speaks with students and faculty at Capital


Begun in Spring 2023 two events launched the Herencias Latinas project in collaboration with our important partners: Hartford Stage and TheaterWorks of Hartford (TWH).


We will collaborate with TheaterWorks of Hartford for their performance of the Hilary Bettis play “Queen of Basel.”  Register online for FREE here.


Students, faculty and staff are invited to a performance of the current “all bilingual production” of the play “Espejos: Clean” at Hartford Stage. Tickets have been reduced to $10 for the event  (enter code: HERENCIA at checkout). The play begins at 7:30pm. Prior to the play, those attending are invited to a reception on the second floor of the college for Mexican appetizers at 6:00pm. Purchase Tickets online here.

Herencias Latinas at CT State Capital is made possible with support from the Capital Community College Foundation (CCCF).
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