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.


Application Deadline Extended to July 20th

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.

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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  Erin Frederick, 860-520-7244, or

Student Matinees

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.

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Our 2015/16 Main Stage Season:

A Ghost Story of Christmas

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Originally Directed by Michael Wilson
Directed by Maxwell Williams

The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 17th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!

Recommended for 4th grade and up (contains spooky characters and images that may be frightening for very young audience members)

Themes & Topics for discussion: Dickens, Adaptation of Literature, Industrial Revolution, Greed and Generosity, Responsibility to Others

Student Matinees – 10:30 AM

  • December 1
  • December 3
  • December 4
  • December 8
  • December 9
  • December 10
  • December 11
  • December 15
  • December 16
  • December 17
  • December 22


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

“A plague on both your houses!”
Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end.

Recommended for 8th grade and up (contains violence and some sexuality)

Themes & Topics for discussion:
Shakespeare, honor, family, love, rivalry

Student Matinees – 10:30 AM

  • February 25
  • February 26
  • March 8
  • March 9
  • March 10
  • March 15
  • March 16
  • March 17

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

By Emily Mann
Adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth
Directed by Jade King Carroll

103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant. “The most provocative and entertaining family play to reach Broadway in a long time,” said The New York Times.

Recommended for 7th grade and up (contains racism, strong language)

Themes & Topics for discussion:
Race, Jim Crow laws, Harlem Renaissance, women’s rights, Civil Rights Movement, pursuit of education, bonds between siblings, family

Student Matinees – 10:30 AM

  • April 21