Fall Studio Classes


September 30 – December 9
(Dec. 16 for Production Class)
for age 5 and up.

September 30 – December 2
by appointment.

October 21 – November 18
for ages 3 and up

More Information

Have questions? Please contact Emely Larson at elarson@hartfordstage.org or (203) 908-1832

All in-person Fall Studio classes will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Map »

Tuition assistance available for qualifying families! Click here to apply.

Where will the program be located this winter? All youth studio programming will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, located at 136 Capitol Ave in Hartford.

What is your sick policy? Students must be healthy, injury-free, and well enough to fully participate. If your child becomes ill while in the program, we require that they be picked up promptly. Any child who has a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting must be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to class. Any child with a communicable disease, including Covid-19, must remain out of class for the prescribed isolation period designated by the physician for that particular situation. Please keep sick students home so that germs and illnesses will not spread to other students and staff.

Will there be performances for the programs this fall? Yes! For our weekly full session (8 week) classes, we will hold a share day the week following the final class (December 9th.) Further details will be provided as we get closer to that date.   For the Production Class, performances will take place on December 15th and 16th. Families will be kept up to date if plans need to adjust. Sampler (5 week) classes will not have a share.

What are your drop off/ pick up procedures? There is a small parking lot at the church and ample parking around the First Presbyterian Church, so families are welcome to park and walk up to drop off their students. When you arrive, please escort your student to the drop off area so they can be checked in. Only staff and students will be permitted in the building. Students must be dropped off in the designated drop off spots only. A parent (or someone on the child’s approved pick-up list) must sign their child in and out each day. If we do not know you, we may ask to see ID.

What is your refund policy? Hartford Stage will refund program fees for cancellations made 2 weeks to the start of the session. No refund will be made for late arrivals or early departures, withdrawal, dismissal, or sickness. We’re sorry, but we cannot offer refunds or credits to families instructed or choosing to quarantine due to household exposure/suspected exposure. Lost time (including illness or vacation) cannot be made up in other sessions.

If you have any further questions, please contact Emely Larson, Studio Manager, at elarson@hartfordstage.org or (203) 908-1832.

Register Online:

Click on the “REGISTER…” button and follow instructions to our Ticketing Page (please note you are “buying a ticket” to the class!)

Youth Classes

8 weeks classes from September 30 – December 2 (no classes on October 14 and November 25), with final share performance on December 9th. Schedule for final share may vary from class time.

Story Explorers: Tall Tales

Teaching Artist: Marie Altenor

Ages 5-7
September 30 – December 9, 2023
Saturdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am


This class will introduce young actors to basic theatre concepts such as ensemble, pantomime and characters through the exploration of some famous tall tales!

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One Act Play: The Ever After

Teaching Artist: Erica LuBonta

Ages 8-11
September 30 –  December 9, 2023
Saturdays: 10:00 – 11:30 am


Young actors will practice their skills in acting and improvisation while working toward a production of the one-act play, The Ever After. A cheesy talk show host invites traditional fairy tale characters who have been estranged for 20 years to reconcile on live television. From Snow White and the Evil Queen to Cinderella and her middle-aged Ugly Stepsisters, this TV show parody asks the question, ’Can’t we all just get along?’ The talk show is punctuated by questions from obnoxious studio audience members and hilarious infomercials for fairy tale related products.

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Comedy Scene Study

Teaching Artist: Thomas Beebe

Ages 9+
September 30 –  December 9, 2023
Saturdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am


Using improvisation and other comedy techniques, students will create hilarious dialogue and outrageous characters, enjoying many laughs along the way!

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Production Class: The Enchanted Bookshop

Teaching Artist: Emely Larson

Ages 10+
September 30 – December 16, 2023
Saturdays: 12:00 – 3:00 pm

*Production Dates: December 15 at 7 pm & December 16, time TBA
*Tech Week Rehearsals: December 12-14; 6:00 – 8:30pm


During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive. Those characters long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?

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Private Coaching

Private Acting Coaching

September 30 – December 2, 2023 (By Appointment)

Limited In-Person spots open on Saturdays located at First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Virtual options and after school in person options are also available, based on teacher availability.

8 Week Session: $240
Individual Sessions: $30 per half hour session

Work one-on-one with one of our teaching artists!  Lessons will be scheduled by appointment only in 30 minute sessions. Attention will be given to voice and speech work, character development, physical acting, audition techniques and material selection.

Register for Single Session

Register for 8 Sessions

Saturday Samplers

Sing a Story

Teaching Artist: Jessica MacLean

Ages 3–5
October 21 – November 18, 2023
NEW SESSION ADDED: Saturdays: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:15 – 11:00 am Sold out!


An introduction to storytelling using favorite stories, theatre games, creative movement and simple songs.

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Creative Drama: Animal Tales

Teaching Artist: Tori Mooney

Ages 5-8
October 21 – November 18, 2023
Saturdays: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm


This class will introduce young actors to basic theatre concepts such as ensemble, pantomime and characters through the exploration of some famous animal tales!

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Musical Theater Jam

Teaching Artist: Thomas Beebe

Ages 9+
October 21 – November 18, 2023
Saturdays: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm


Students will hone their acting, singing and dancing skills as they act and dance some favorite musical theatre scenes and numbers.

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