Breakdancing Shakespeare

What you need to know:

  •  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

Meet the Cast

What is Breakdancing Shakespeare?

Breakdancing Shakespeare is part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s award-winning Neighborhood Studios program, 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 writing, financial literacy, interviewing and networking skills – as well as vocational skills necessary to succeed in today’s workforce: creative problem-solving, multimedia 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. Breakdancing Shakespeare apprentices also learn breakdancing techniques, physical and vocal characterization, movement, and interpretation of classical text and use these skills to put a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean play. What culminates is an exciting, high-energy public performance that makes 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