In Honor of August Wilson

Honoring August WilsonOn Saturday, Feb 8th, seven Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day theater students traveled to New Haven to compete in the national August Wilson Monologue Competition. They, along with other participants from around the state, performed monologues from August Wilson’s plays in front of a panel of judges from Connecticut’s professional theatre community.

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Acclaimed Violinist Workshops with Student

A young violinist from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day spent an afternoon collaborating with world renowned violinist Randall Goosby. On January 16, Hartford senior Jose Ortiz, who studies violin at the Academy, had the opportunity work with Goosby in what is one of a series of masterclasses offered by the school.

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New Jazz Record Features Two Alumni

Zaccai  CurtisDrummer Jerome Jennings has worked with legends such as Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, and Phillip Bailley. His recent release “Solidarity” features playing by two Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day alumni.

On piano is Zaccai Curtis. Zaccai is presently well known in the jazz world working with such greats as Carlos Santana as well as releasing albums on his own. He has been featured in Downbeat Magazine. 

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Using Theater For Change

Project TransformFive Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day students were among a group of youth performers who took the stage to advocate for change. A total of twelve young artists worked for seven weeks with Hartford Stage’s guest artist Nilaja Sun to write and perform an original piece about the changes they would like to see in the community/world. 

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Theater Critic Honors Academy Alumnus

Allie FurlongA GHAA Half Day Alumnus had been recognized as “Best Featured Actress” in a drama by the Orlando Sentinel. The paper honored Class of 2016 theater major Allie Furlong for her roles as a high school student in “John Proctor Is the Villain” and Deirdre in “The Humans.”

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Academy Is a Presence at Festival of Trees

GHAA Festival of TreesPerformers and visual artists from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day helped kick start Hartford’s Festival of Trees. In an annual holiday tradition, the Wadsworth Atheneum exhibits work from local artists in what is known as the “Festival of Trees & Traditions.” Taking part again were visual arts majors from the Academy Half Day.

This year, the school’s young artists presented a collaborative multimedia display. The students created a variety of multifaceted ornaments inspired by contemporary artists from around the world...


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Academy Dancers Pay Tribute to Nikolais

NIkolais PieceDancers from the Greater Hartford Academy Half Day were among a group of performers paying tribute to the late Alwin Nikolais. Eleven dance majors from the Academy took to the stage at Trinity College's Austin Arts Center to perform “Mechanical Organ,”  a piece choreographed by Hartford native Alwin Nikolais and staged by Alberto del Saz.. They were joined on stage by dancers from St Joseph’s University, Trinity College, and ACES New Haven

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Student’s Work Displayed At Wadsworth

The TapeA student’s photography work from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day is on display at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Visuals Arts senior Julienne Delphonse original work “EhT EapT” or “The Tape” has been on display since this summer in a photo gallery other young artists titled “SNAP! Photography Presents Visual Truths.”

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Dance Faculty Earns Distinguished Achievement

Jeanne GiroirAn artist instructor from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day has been recognized by Connecticut Dance Alliance for her contributions to teaching and performing in the state of Connecticut! Core dance faculty Jeanne Giroir is the latest to be recipient of the “Distinguished Achievement Award.” Every year, the CDA acknowledges someone who has made outstanding contributions in teaching, performing, and promoting dance and who has had a profound effect on the Connecticut Dance scene.

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