Pre- and Post-Show Workshops

Already bringing your class to Hartford Stage? Now bring Hartford Stage to your class! A Hartford Stage Teaching Arist will visit your school to lead your class in an interactive workshop connected to the play. Preshow workshops focus on preparing students to see the play by introducing major characters, thematic elements, and/or historical context. Post-show workshops provide an opportunity for students to interpret what they have experienced at the theatre and relate it back to their in-class work. Each workshop runs one 45-60 minute class period for a fee of $100.


InterACT exposes hundreds of underserved students in grades 9-12 to professional theatre by inviting them to participate in the Student Performance Series, Hartford Stage’s student matinee program, free of charge.  Teachers may apply for participation of one or two classes.  All InterACT students experience a series of in-school, pre- and post-show workshops that explore themes related to the productions.  InterACT is subsidized through Hartford Stage corporate and foundation funding.

Download the 2013-2014 Application


Through InterACT, Hartford Stage aims to

  • Expose students to a wide range of genres of dramatic literature and performance styles reflecting the diversity of performing arts practitioners, our audience, and our community.
  • Develop critical skills related to drama and language arts.
  • Strengthen the relationship between students and Hartford Stage by cultivating students’ identities as scholars, critics, and fans of live theatre.

For more information about InterACT or pre- and post-show workshops, contact  Robert Reader, 860-520-7263, or


MainStage Programs

Student Performance Series

Bring your students to see a play at Hartford Stage! Each Student Performance Series ticket includes access to our online study guidescurriculum guides and the opportunity to stay for a talkback hosted by an Education Staff member.

Our Main Stage Season:


By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Student Matinees:
Tue. April 29, 2013 at 10:30am

Recommended for 9th grade and up (contains adult language, alcohol use, brief sexual references).

All student matinee tickets offer 1 complimentary ticket with every 20 tickets purchased.

Timeline and Application Deadline

  • May 2012–The 2012-13 InterACT shows are announced and the application is made available.
  • Friday, June 29, 2012–Deadline to submit applications.
    • Completed application materials must be received by Friday, June 29, 2012 and should be submitted via mail or email to:
      Alexandra Truppi
      Education Programs Associate
      Hartford Stage
      50 Church Street
      Hartford, CT 06103
    • Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
  • Late August 2012–Teachers will be informed whether their class(es) have been selected for InterACT 2012-13.  The pre-program information session for teachers will be scheduled at this time.
    • Hartford Stage aims to select students who will benefit most from the InterACT program.  Applications are evaluated on both need and merit.  Priority is given to Hartford Public Schools.  All decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.  We will do our best to accommodate as many schools as funding and space allow.

Download InterACT Application