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Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional

July 9–20, 2018

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The application deadline for the 2018 program has passed. If you are interested in participating in the 2018 program, please contact our office directly for more information, as limited space may be available.

Applications accepted January 1–April 6, 2018

Acting Fundamentals  |  Improv  |  Singing  |  Dance  |  Audition Skills  |  Character Development  |  Movement Techniques  |  Master Classes with NYC Professionals and University Faculty

The SMTI Preprofessional program provides exceptional opportunities for high school and college-age performers aged 14–20 to develop and integrate their acting, singing, and dance skills while working closely with NYC industry professionals. The program culminates in an original showcase performance designed specifically by the artistic directors to highlight the skills of our participants.

2018 Master classes include:

An opportunity to learn the original choreography from Broadway's Hamilton, presented by a member of cast, straight from the stage to the studio.

Sing and present a monologue for renowned Broadway actress Tracey Moore, author of “Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre,” and current Associate Professor of Theatre at The Hartt School. Get valuable feedback on your collegiate audition material.

Perform for top NYC casting director Stephen DeAngelis who will offer one-on-one feedback and coaching to strengthen your musical theatre audition technique. Find out how to make the best first impression, learn which cuts best show your personality and vocal range, investigate best current practices for preparing your submission material, get insider information on choosing audition material for large auditions such as StrawHat/NETC/full seasons and more. Moreover, there will be a Q&A about the business.

Looking for the Junior program for grades 4–8? Find out more

From Studio to Stage 2017

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose HCD Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional

Our Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional program offers you not only the opportunity to develop your triple-threat skills, but a chance to work side-by-side with NYC professionals and to meet students from all over the country who are training in this industry. 

1. Our Faculty

SMTI PP provides NYC artists as full-time faculty (in addition to master classes) so that you get 10 entire days under their guidance. Our faculty includes some of the biggest contemporary movers and shakers in the industry! Veteran Broadway music director Wendy Cavett is the first female conductor of Hamilton: An American Musical and is currently conducting both Hamilton and Come From Away on Broadway. You have access in class, rehearsal, and discussion panels to the best in the business. Current college professors who are training the performers of tomorrow are also on faculty. Meet and network with the people who can help you move forward in the business. Please see our compete list of faculty below.

2. Our Curriculum

Our program is not simply a summer camp, and we do not cast and rehearse a book musical. Our program is a vibrant training ground for tomorrow’s stars. We build technical foundations, working with each student on text analysis, researching a song, and specific style. We prepare you for upcoming auditions by developing audition skills, improvisation skills, resume creating, and material selection and preparation. Our final showcase performance is developed and material chosen with each specific participant in mind. You will immerse yourself in dance technique, dramatic craft, and vocal technique/health taught by top experts in the field. We want students to leave our program feeling empowered in the demanding and competitive field of musical theatre.

3. Our Extras

We provide three master classes with Broadway artists, college professors, and the biggest names in NYC musical theatre training. We provide a digital headshot taken during the program by a visiting professional photographer for no extra fee. Additionally, we offer an optional Saturday excursion where participants can bond with each other outside of the theatre and take a break from rigorous class work and rehearsals. 

4. Our Relationship with The University of Hartford's the Hartt school

We are proud of our relationship with The Hartt School, a top performing arts conservatory that offers degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Not only are our Intensive students taught by the masterful University faculty, but Hartt Theatre/Musical Theatre admissions faculty are present for the final showcase so that you get an early jump on being seen. Also, our affiliation means that we use the amazing Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center (HPAC) facilities throughout the program. Classes for SMTI are held in the north wing of the HPAC. 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. The final showcase performance takes place in the 300-seat Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theatre onsite. 

5. Our Residential Option

When you stay on campus during our Intensive you have the opportunity to experience true university life! Gain valuable college experience as you live and dine on the scenic and suburban 350-acre University of Hartford campus while meeting and working with students from other states and even countries. Our resident assistants work with a small student ratio, are enthusiastic and welcoming, and delight in providing a great experience when class is not in session by hosting movie nights, informative lectures, and off-campus excursions. 

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The Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional program provides an unparalleled experience tailored to the needs of talented and motivated young performing artists from across the globe who wish to pursue a career in musical theatre.

Musical theatre is a unique genre in that it integrates many elements of performance. Students have to study each artistic element as if it were their sole focus, and then meld them together to create a focused, dynamic, and moving performance.

Our incredible faculty are our strongest asset — true movers and shakers in the musical theatre world who devote 80 hours of focused work to help our participants reach their true artistic potential. Last year I was astounded by the dedication of both faculty and students, and the growth I saw was unprecedented.

One of the most unique aspects of our program is our individualized approach. We do not merely cast a book musical. We mentor each individual performer and trust that they will leave the program with skills that will carry them toward mastery as they move from high school to college, and into the professional world.

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional Program is about fostering excellence, artistry, and a love of musical theatre for tomorrow’s performers. We hope that you join us on an exciting artistic journey!

Michelle Murray Fiertek, DMA

Meet the 2018 Faculty

  • Michelle Murray Fiertek, Program Director/Vocal Instructor 
  • Kenneth Cavett, Co-Artistic Director, Acting Instructor/Staging Director 
  • Wendy Cavett, Co-Artistic Director, Music Director 
  • Mark Ceppetelli, Assistant Music Director
  • Moira O’Sullivan, Acting Instructor/Staging Director
  • Kaitlyn Krewson, Choreographer
  • Stephen DeAngelis, Master Class
  • Eddy Lee, Hamilton Master Class
  • Tracey Moore, Master Class
  • Benjamin Rauch, Holistic Performer Clinician

Michelle Murray Fiertek

Michelle Murray Fiertek, director of SMTIAn active singer across many musical genres, Connecticut soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek most recently sang the roles of Mother in Hartford Opera Theater’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti), Gertrud in Opera Connecticut’s production of Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), and Ann Putnam in Hartford Opera Theater’s production of The Crucible (Ward). Her recent calendar of song recitals included performances across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and in Madrid, Spain. In 2015, Fiertek was proud to have been nominated in the “Best Featured Actress in a Musical Production” category by Broadway World Connecticut for her performance as Miss Pinkerton/June Jinkins in Hartford Opera Theater’s double bill of The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti) and An Embarrassing Position (Shore).

In her early years, Fiertek opened The Voyage of the Little Mermaid for Disney’s Hollywood Studios as one of the original Ariels. She went on to work as the lead singer aboard the S. S. Discovery I and became the first American singer to be invited to perform both Japanese and American music in Minakami, Japan. She has released two albums on the Summit Records label: Blue: The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein, described as “exemplary” by BBC Music Magazine and named “CD of the week” by the Arizona Republic and KBAQ-FM, and The Juliet Letters. Fiertek made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2005 with a solo performance described as “First rate – engaging and authentic” in New York Concert Review.

A champion of Spanish art song, Fiertek has studied under such famed musicians as pianist Miguel Zanetti and mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza in Granada, Spain, as part of the celebrated Interpretation of Spanish Song program, as well as returned to the program in subsequent years as a guest artist. She has been a faculty and guest recital artist at venues across the country, and the featured soloist in many large-scale choral works, including Fauré’s "Requiem," Mozart’s "Coronation Mass" and "Mass in C Minor," Vivaldi’s "Gloria," Bach's "B Minor Mass" and Handel’s "Dettingen Te Deum" and "Messiah."

As an educator and administrator, Fiertek has held positions across the country as an instructor, lecturer, music academy coordinator, children’s music director, and as the artistic director and producer of a fifty-member touring teen theatre company. She holds two B.M. degrees from Arizona State University, an M.M. from California State University, Long Beach, and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Hartford's The Hartt School. She currently serves on the voice faculty of The Hartt School, The Hartt School Community Division, and Manchester Community College.

Kenneth Cavett

Kenneth Cavett, Co-Artistic Director, Acting Instructor/Staging DirectorKenneth Cavett began coaching and teaching actors nearly ten years ago, with a strong focus on the foundational work of Stanislavski. He especially enjoys guiding and watching young actors discover their own creative process. He believes the actors freedom to create can be found within strong boundaries developed by specific exercises that help them in that process.

As an actor, Cavett has had the privilege to perform in works by many of the great American playwrights and composers, both here in New York as well as in prominent regional theatres such as Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Philadelphia’s Prince Theatre and Jersey’s own Paper Mill Playhouse. He has been blessed to work closely with such theatrical luminaries as playwright (and fellow native Texan) Horton Foote, director and teacher Robert Lewis, and actress Elizabeth Ashley, along with Tony award winning director John Rando and folk/rock icon Bruce Hornsby. In 2010, he was chosen to perform in the American classic A Hatful of Rain, as part of the International Theatre Festival held in Warsaw, Poland. While living in Chicago, Cavett helped found The Cactus Theatre, devoting himself to the creation of a permanent acting company, with whom he worked both on and off stage for nearly seven years. 

TV appearances include Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), and The Men Who Built America (History Channel). And though it seems he is the only actor in NY who has never appeared in an episode of Law & Order, you can listen to him in his latest audio book Magic Baker, as the voices of King Crispin and Bouts the Baker. Cavett and his amazing wife Wendy look forward to their 2nd year leading SMTI, accompanied by their beautiful work-in-progress, daughter Molly! 

Wendy Cavett

Wendy Cavett

Broadway and off-Broadway: Mamma Mia!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Most Happy FellaA Tale of Two Cities. National and international: The Who’s Tommy, Mamma Mia! Argentina and Las Vegas, A Chorus Line.

Regional credits, many of which are premieres, include: The Twelve (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Johnny Baseball (A.R.T.), The Hidden Sky (Prince Music Theatre), A Year with Frog and Toad at Minneapolis’ CTC; Just So at North Shore Music Theatre, The Secret Garden, Dreamgirls and Gigi at Papermill Playhouse; Almost September at St. Louis Rep and Here’s Love at Goodspeed Opera. In development: Chix 6, a female superhero rock fantasy musical!

Wendy Cavett currently plays in the pit of Hamilton and is on the theatre faculty of Wagner College in Staten Island.

Mark Ceppetelli

Mark CeppetelliMark Ceppetelli is a theater music director, pianist, composer, and arranger, having worked in Connecticut with several community and regional theaters.  He has music directed at Castle Craig Players (Spamalot, The Marvelous Wonderettes), Newington Children’s Theater (Sleeping Beauty KIDS, Annie JR), and SRO Productions (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), in addition to at University of Connecticut with the student club Dramatic PAWS (Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, American Idiot).  Pit appearances include Ivoryton Playhouse (Saturday Night Fever: The Musical), Groton Regional Theater (Sister Act), Newington Children’s Theater (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and RHAM High School (Annie).

At Goodspeed Musicals Music Direction Intensive in 2017, Mark worked with Michael O’Flaherty, Bill Thomas, David Chase, and Dan Delange in a week-long theater music direction program, featuring training in several aspects of music direction. He has composed incidental music for The Hartt School’s Sunday on the Rocks with Hartt faculty David Watson, and continued work with him for Capital Classics’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, for which he wrote a solo guitar score.  He recently graduated from The Hartt School with a BM in Composition.

Moira O’Sullivan

Moira OsullivanMoira O'Sullivan is a New York-based actor and writer. Theatre credits include Beneath the Gavel (Off-Broadway, 59E59), Oleanna and The 24 Hour Plays (Playhouse on Park), Red Snow and Nightmare Before Insomnium (Insomnium Theatre Company), Abduct, Transport, Deliver (Scene Change Festival), The End of the Line at the End (Manhattan Rep). TV: I, Witness (Investigation Discovery) and The Cobblestone Corridor (PBS). She is also the creator of the web series Small Cappuccinos, currently in its second season. Since completing her improv training with The Upright Citizens Brigade, she now performs around the city with her award-winning comedy team Room 31. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Atlantic Theatre Company and Stonestreet Screen Acting Studios).

Kaitlyn Krewson

Kaitlyn Krewson

Connecticut dancer and choreographer Kaitlyn Krewson has been training in multiple styles of dance for over 20 years, including ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She has trained with several well known professional choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Sonya Tayeh, Chris Judd, and Dave Scott. Kaitlyn prides herself on continuing education, and has participated in several masterclasses with industry professionals including Jeff Amsted and Dorrell Martin (former director of Joffery Ballet Company). As a teacher, choreographer, and coach, she has received numerous awards including several Platinum Awards, the Winning Choreographer Award, and the prestigious Top Teacher Award. Krewson is thrilled to share her love of dance and creativity with the students and faculty of Hartts Summer Musical Theatre Intensive. 

Stephen DeAngelis

SMTI Master Class faculty Stephen DeAngelisCasting Director Stephen DeAngelis has produced over 250 different Broadway concerts at venues in New York and across the United States, featuring a multitude of Broadway stars including many Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winners and nominees, stars from hit television series and films whose roots are on stage and Broadway's fastest rising young performers. He is also the Producing Artistic Director and host of At This Performance..., the critically acclaimed concert series that has showcased the talents of over 900 Broadway standbys, understudies and alternates since October 2003. He has cast over 3600 network television and radio commercials for Manhattan's leading advertising agencies for such clients as DirecTV, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, E*TRADE, Febreze, Cover Girl, Pantene, Advil, Robitussin, Downy and has contributed to many historic and award-winning spots and campaigns including many which have been recognized with Platinum, Gold, and Silver Lions at Cannes. DeAngelis also cast the six-time Emmy Award nominated Playhouse Disney series Johnny and the Sprites starring Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia, which was seen on the Disney Channel.

DeAngelis's work has been seen in New York and regionally in over 300 theatrical productions for companies including Musicals Tonight!, York Theatre Company, Queens Theatre in the Park, The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, The Drama League, Casa Mañana, North Shore Music Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Stage One, Studio Arena Theatre, American Stage Company, GeVa Theatre, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City, the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The MUNY), and Dallas Summer Musicals, among others, as well as numerous festival showcases, workshops, and readings. Other credits include The World AIDS Day All-Star Concert Revivals of Pippin and The Secret Garden, the All-Star production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, the 25th anniversary national tour of Hair, and the Off-Broadway production of Bring in the Morning

DeAngelis is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and has staged musicals in major theatres across the country in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dallas, and St. Louis, and throughout New York and New England. DeAngelis is the Casting Director for the upcoming Broadway revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, starring two-time Drama Desk nominee Christina Bianco. Recent productions include the New York premiere of the new musical Unexpected Joy by two-time Tony Award nominee Bill Russell and Janet Hood and F.O.B. for The Drama League.

Eddy Lee

Eddy LeeEddy Lee is from East Lansing, Mich. He met and learned from a number of gracious open-hearted people that helped him navigate his way into following his dreams. Without these people and more he wouldn’t be where he is today. Broadway: Hamilton: An American Musical (swing). Regional: Miss Saigon (Flatrock), The King and I (DSM). Animation: Pokémon: Sun and Moon (Gladion), Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V(Moon shadow), Gundam Seed HD Remastered (Kuzzey). Proud member of #TheBringAbout! 

Read more about the first Asian-American male dancer to appear in Hamilton on Broadway.

Tracey Moore

Tracey MooreTracey Moore's performing career includes two National B’way Tours: Camelot with Richard Harris, and the role of Emma Goldman in Ragtime. She has appeared Off-Broadway in Señor Discretion by Frank Loesser, I Will Come Back (with music by Timothy Gray), and in the title role in Blitzstein’s Regina at the York.

Leading roles at major regional theatres across the country include Mama Rose at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Mrs. Joe in a premiere of Great Expectations at Hilton Head Playhouse, Lee in Marvin's Room at Mountain Playhouse in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in Indiana, Naomi in A Bad Friend at Miami's Gablestage, Aldonza at Connecticut’s Candlewood Playhouse, the Earth Mother in Menopause the Musical in South Florida, and many others. Concert appearances include solo performances with Orchestra Kentucky, the West Hartford Symphony, and the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra. She has sung classically at the Met, at New Jersey State Opera, and at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Tracey is known for her work with new musicals. She created the role of Mary Magdalene in the Pre-Broadway workshop of Kevorkian Café and workshopped the role of Red for The People in the Picture, which opened on Broadway in 2011. She has developed roles at the BMI Musical Theatre workshop, the ASCAP Music Theatre Workshop, and the NYU Musical Theatre Writing program. She has been selected three times as a performer for the prestigious Composer/Librettist Studio at New Dramatists. A CD featuring music by up-and-coming musical theatre writers, entitled “Workshop, Volume I,” is available on the Original Cast Records label.

Tracey's book, Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre is in its second edition, and a new Student Companion eBook is recently published. Articles and essays she has written have appeared in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the international journal Studies in Music Theatre, in Dramatics magazine, and in Teaching Theatre journal.

Tracey holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College, an M.A. in Dramatic Literature from Southern Illinois University and a B.M. in Voice from Indiana University. She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Benjamin Rauch

Benjamin RauschBenjamin Rauch leads a multi-faceted career as a countertenor, composer, conductor, and educator. He spent a year singing soprano with Chanticleer, America's premier a cappella vocal ensemble, performing on major concert stages across the United States, Europe, and Japan, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Vienna's Musikverein. With the GRAMMY® awarding winning ensemble, Mr. Rauch performed live on NBC’s popular morning television program “Today”. Solo engagements include Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha, The Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, The Premiere of La Lombardesca with music of the Polish Baroque, and The Connecticut Premiere of David Briggs’ Requiem. He has performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles including Chanticleer, Crescendo, The Greater New Haven Community Chorus, The New Haven Chorale, CitySingers of Hartford, Chorus Angelicus, and Gaudeamus.

Regularly commissioned as a choral composer, Rauch has written numerous works for ensembles including The First Church of Christ in Hartford - Center Church Choir and The St. Patrick – St. Anthony Gallery Choir. A native of Long Island, New York, he won First Place two years consecutively in the Long Island Composers' Alliance Young Composers Competition. Mr. Rauch was also the recipient of “Best Arrangement” from the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting and Composition from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

Rauch is the founder and director of Benjamin Rauch Voice Studios, and the Artistic Director for the BRVS Vocal Intensive Program, a competitive nine-day summer festival for singers. In addition to his work with BRVS, he has served on faculty for the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and The Hartt Community Division’s Performer’s Certificate Program. As a clinician and conductor, he has led numerous choral and vocal workshops internationally. Also at home in musical theater, Rauch has served as music director for over 20 productions with the University of Hartford’s Summer Place Players, West Hartford Summer Arts Festival, and the theatre program at the Joseph Eisner Institute for Living Judaism in Great Barrington, Mass. At The Hartt School, Rauch has taught in both the Vocal Studies and Music Theory departments. Currently, he teaches undergraduate courses in Ear Training and directs the Hartt Choir and Chorale. He is also on faculty at Manchester Community College where he teaches voice and ear training. In addition to his eclectic musical career, Rauch has completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at West Hartford Yoga and specializes in teaching yoga for singers.

General Information

Tuition, sample class schedule, audition information, past performances, and more. SMTI Preprofessional

2018 Tuition

Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable). Apply online!

Tuition: $1550
 (full 2-week program)

Optional housing (2 weeks): $2000 (includes excursion)

All students must attend the full two-week program. Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration. Full balance due April 13, 2018.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00-10:00 Vocal/Theatrical/Movement warm-ups
10:00-11:00 Group Music Rehearsal
11:00-11:45 Group A/B/C Stanislavsky Method
11:45-12:00 Group B/C/A Cecchetti Ballet or Theatrical Jazz
12:00-12:45 Group C/A/B Script Analysis or Improv
12:45-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Showcase Rehearsal
3:00-5:00 Master class

Audition online

Applications accepted January 1–April 6, 2018

Apply online!

Requirements: Performance resume; photo; video audition link (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) which demonstrates:

  • Two contrasting musical theatre 32-bar cuts (with live or pre-recorded accompaniment) 
  • A 1-2 minute monologue
  • A major scale (sung on solfege, numbers, or neutral syllable) in the key of E for bass/mezzo; F for baritone; G for soprano/tenor
  • Tell us about your most memorable performing experience so far. We want to get to know you!

 Auditions Accepted as of January 1, 2018.

After checking out, please submit your performance resume, photo, and audition link* to

*Videos may not be marked private on YouTube and Vimeo videos marked private must provide a password with submission.


2018 Weekend Activities are open only to SMTI Preprofessional Residential Students

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Goodspeed Opera House
Backstage tour
Lunch in Gillette State Park
Matinee performance of Oliver!
Dinner at Gobi Mongolian Grill   

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Adventure room challenge
Monologue Coaching (main campus) 


Park River dorm


  • Suite-style apartments designed to house four students in two-double occupancy dorm rooms on the UHA campus
  • Each apartment is fully furnished and contains a living room, kitchen (including fridge), bedrooms, and a bathroom
  • Living room furniture consists of two couches, a coffee table, and a dining table set for four. Bedroom furniture consists of a bed, desk, desk chair, and a dresser.
  • Daily transportation to and from SMTI studios
  • Resident Advisor supervision (8:1)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fresh linen package provided weekly
  • Professional cleaning once per week
  • Use of laundry facilities
  • WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free
  • Supervision for weekend excursions

Park River dorm

Park River dorm

Housing fees

2-week housing: $2000 (includes excursion)

Housing fees include double occupancy room, three meals per day, daily transportation to and from studios, and fresh linens weekly.

Housing fees listed above are in addition to program tuition fees.

Check-in occurs on Sunday, July 8, 2018; Check-out occurs on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration. Full balance deadline due April 13, 2018.


The Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT 06112


Located at the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway in Hartford, 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 the Hartt Community Division’s Dance Department. It is a vibrant, new center for dance and theatre instruction and performances at one of the key gateways to the city of Hartford. Classes for SMTI 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, state-of-the-art sound systems, Smart Boards, and pianos. A conference room, three voice studios, artistic and production offices, and dressing and shower facilities are also included. The final showcase performance takes place in the 300-seat Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theatre onsite. 

SMTI HPAC Rehearsal Room

Pictured: Rehearsal studio


  • By car: Conveniently located near Interstate 91 and Interstate 84. Parking lots are monitored by Public Safety and are free of charge.
  • By bus or train: Minutes away from Hartford’s Union Station
  • By airplane: Bradley International Airport is located only 20 minutes north in nearby Windsor Locks


Hilton Hartford
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

200 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103 

Homewood Suites
338 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Residence Inn
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Dress Code

Dress code for program

Men & Women

  • Solid color tee-shirt (or one with minimal print/lettering)
  • Solid color sweatpants or yoga pants
  • Bare feet/Black jazz shoes



  • Black dress pants suitable for movement
  • Solid jewel tone button down dress shirt
  • Black jazz shoes


  • Black pant suitable for movement or black skirt suitable for movement/no more than 3 inches above the knee/paired with black tights
  • Solid jewel tone blouse/top (no sleeveless)
  • Black jazz shoes


Q: How early can students arrive/how late can students be picked up?

A: Drop off may occur anytime after 8:30 a.m. There will be no supervision prior to that time. Pick up should be exactly at 5 p.m. (Parents will be assessed a $35 late pick-up fee from any student pick-ups after 5:15 p.m.)

Q: What should I do with my child’s medication?

A: Medication should be turned in to the Program Director on the first day of the program. It should be current, in the original packaging, and have a pharmacy label. Medication will be kept in the main HCD office in a locked cabinet and will be administered by staff throughout the day as specified in the administrative order from the prescribing doctor.

Q: Can I pick up my child early/bring them late?

A: We understand that emergencies and some appointments are unavoidable, and we simply ask that you phone the Program Director directly and let her know of your plan so that she can relay it to faculty. That said, our schedule is very tight and if absence can be avoided it is best for all participants.

Q: How does student arrival/dismissal work?

A: Students will be responsible for signing in the staff each morning upon arrival. While you are welcome to come in with them, it is not necessary. All students in the preprofessional program are dismissed at the end of the day without needing to be signed out by a parent.

Q: What should students bring with them to daily class?

A: Students should come to class in clothes that allow them to move easily and as specified in the dress code above. They should bring lunch (non-perishable as there is no refrigeration), a snack, and plenty of water. They are discouraged from bringing anything of value such as money or electronics as they will be working in unlocked classrooms. 

Q: How does ticketing work for the final showcase performance?

A: Our final showcase performance will take place in the Roberts black box theatre, and is free of charge and open to guests of the program participants. The theatre will be set up proscenium-style with approximately 117 seats. At the end of the first week those seats are divided amongst the participants (normally 3-4 each) and they turn in a sheet which lists how many people they would like in attendance. As some do not use all that are given, students who need more seats are often granted those “extras.” Those names/numbers are then approved and given to the house managers and checked off a name list when the theatre opens prior to show. Two SMTI PP showcase performances will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Students will be provided pizza dinner between performances.

For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at 860.768.4451 or