Hartford Stage actively engages in partnerships with local artists, community leaders, organizations, schools, libraries and other groups to enrich and strengthen the connection that our community has with the work we produce on stage. These partnerships have resulted in collaborative programming, both on-site and off, including special community events, lectures, book signings, cross promotions, and exhibitions – most of these programs are free to the public.
The art we produce goes well beyond the stage, extending directly into the heart of our community,
Engage with Hartford Stage
Free Post-Show Discussions: Join us for post-show discussions with invited cast members after Tuesday evening and Wednesday Matinee performances following Opening Night.
Free Sunday Speaker Series: Join us after the third Sunday matinee performance for a discussion moderated by our artistic team with an expert or scholar on a topic relevant to the production.
LGBT Nights: Hartford Stage hosts LGBT Nights several times per season. Join us for a complimentary pre-show reception and purchase discounted tickets for that evening’s performance.
Exhibitions in the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation Lobby: Each production features a unique exhibition that ties to the themes of the play. Past exhibitions themes have included costume design, the history of the Kindertransport, the history of Shakespeare productions at Hartford Stage, A Christmas Carol through the years, and much more.
Check out some of our past community events at Hartford Stage:
Panel Discussions and Talks
Hartford Stage hosts a number of free public events – including our 50th anniversary celebration (www.50.hartfordstage.com), author signings, panel discussions, post-show discussions, and lectures – at the theatre to connect the art on stage to the creative people behind it.
Hartford Stage creates educational, interactive, and relevant exhibitions to accompany each production in the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation Lobby. Our marketing and artistic departments team with creative artists in-house and community collaborators to create companion pieces that heighten the patrons' experience.
Having Their Say: Generations in Conversation
Having Their Say: Generations in Conversation is an oral history project designed to gather and preserve the past through interviews. We invited a group of local African-American female students to partner with 10 African-American women over the age of 70 to share stories specific to our Hartford community. Through a series of intergenerational dialogues, the participants exchanged their personal journeys, reflecting on the influences that have shaped their lives here in our city. We shared their stories in an engaging multi-media exhibit during Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years.
On Tour: Stagecraft
Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage debuted at the Hartford Public Library in the summer of 2013. The exhibit traveled to the New Britain Museum of American Art, Mark Twain House & Museum, New England Carousel Museum, State Capitol Building, and the William Benton Museum of Art.
In the Community
You can find Hartford Stage out in the community year-round at a variety of public events.
A beloved family holiday tradition, Hartford Stage has presented A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas for 19 seasons. There are a number of community events and projects associated with the production, including a Postcard Exchange, Community Night benefit performance, and our Sensory Friendly performance. To learn more about this annual performance, which is welcoming to all families of children with autism or other sensory sensitivities, visit https://www.hartfordstage.org/sensory-friendly.
To learn more about Hartford Stage’s community engagement initiatives, please call 860-520-7114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hartford nonprofit organizations interested in applying to participate in the Community Access Program, click the button below.
Photo credits: (Top of page, left to right): Chris Ghaffari and Kaliswa Brewster in Romeo & Juliet. (left to right) Priscilla Lopez, Cary Tedder and Jessica Naimy in Somewhere. The cast of Anastasia. All photos by T. Charles Erickson, except Anastasia, by Joan Marcus.