Sharing Talents, Assisting Medical Community

Making Masks From HomeFour student costume designers and two artist instructors are utilizing their talents to help provide masks for the medical community. Theater Design and Production students Jadyn Moore, Kaci-Ann Headley, Elizabeth Lopez, and Emily Feivelson have all volunteered their time at home in piecing together re-usable facemasks to be used by doctors and nurses at local facilities.

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Alumnus Makes Broadway’s List

Women to WatchThe Broadway Women’s Fund has released its inaugural “Women to Watch” list, a lineup of talented women artists ready to work on Broadway shows. Among them is Katie Gamelia, a 2004 graduate from the Academy

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Dancers Make National Connections

Dance FestivalTwenty four dancers and four faculty members from the dance department attended the National High School Dance Festival at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. The annual festival provides young dancers the opportunity to enjoy three full days of master classes, workshops, performances, and networking, as well as the chance to audition for prestigious college dance programs.

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Broadway Legend Shares Wisdom

Beth LeavellOn February 25th, the Musical Theater Department welcomed Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and Broadway performer Anthony Norman to visit the Academy and workshop with students. Every student in the department participated in Master classes with Ms. Leavel and Mr. Norman...

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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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