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Mort & Irma Handel Performing Arts Center

Located at 35 Westbourne Parkway in Hartford, the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, which opened in September, 2008, was converted from an industrial building designed in 1929 by pioneering industrial architect Albert Kahn. This vibrant center for performing arts education serves as a resource for the entire community. 

The 56,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility provides performance and rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and studios for students in The Hartt School's Dance and Theatre Divisions, as well as Hartt Community Division's dance program. Housed in the Handel Performing Arts Center are the 300-seat Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theater and the 100-seat Kent McCray Theater, given through the generosity of Kent ('51) and Susan McCray. Performances in these venues include the black box theatre and senior dance composition performances, recitals, lectures, and Community Division performances. Each theatre has a state-of-the-art computerized light board and sound equipment.

All dance classes for dance division students are held at the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center. The south wing includes five spacious studios, artistic and production offices, a conference room, and dressing and shower facilities. The five dance studios have high ceilings, wooden barres, mirrors, and Gerstung multi-layered dance floors.

Classes for theatre division majors are held in the north wing of the Handel Performing Arts Center. The north wing houses four rehearsal studios/classrooms with mirrors and Robbins floors.  All studios are equipped with wireless internet and sound and projection equipment. A conference room, three voice studios, artistic and production offices, and dressing and shower facilities are also included.

35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT 06112