Breakdancing Shakespeare

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  •  Rehearsals take place at Hartford Stage Rehearsal Studios
  • Rehearsals run Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Past Master Classes have included: stage magic, circus performance, stage combat, color guard, mime, and more.

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Breakdancing Shakespeare

The 10th Anniversary Season of Breakdancing Shakespeare presents Romeo & Juliet

Public performances of Breakdancing Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet will be held at Hartford Stage on:

Thursday, August 11
at 7 p.m.
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Friday, August 12
at 7 p.m.
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Saturday, August 13
at 2 p.m.
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General admission tickets: $10 tickets


Meet the Cast

Breakdancing Shakespeare is part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s award-winning Neighborhood Studios program.  Neighborhood Studios is a nationally recognized summer arts apprenticeship program for area teenagers between 14-18.  Participants are paid a $100 weekly stipend, teaching them the important responsibility of a paying job. Throughout the program, apprentices participate in all-day workshops with master teaching artists including a career building curriculum that teaches resume building, financial literacy, interviewing and networking skills, as well as vocational skills necessary to succeed in today’s workforce: creative problem solving, multi-media communication, teamwork and civic responsibility. Apprentices are selected from across the Arts Council's 34-town service area, providing an opportunity for teenagers to learn from others with different cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds.

What is Breakdancing Shakespeare?

Created in 2006, in conjunction with the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program, Breakdancing Shakespeare is a paid, six-week summer apprenticeship for students ages 14 through 19 from the Greater Hartford area. Over the course of the program, students learn techniques of breakdancing, physical and vocal characterization, movement, and interpretation of classical text. The students use these skills to put a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean play which culminates in an exciting, high-energy public performance geared toward making Shakespeare accessible to audiences of all ages.

Production History:

  • 2015: Hamlet
  • 2014: Love's Labour's Lost
  • 2013: Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • 2012: Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2011: The Tempest
  • 2010: Macbeth
  • 2009: The Comedy of Errors
  • 2008: Antony & Cleopatra 
  • 2007: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • 2006: Romeo & Juliet