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Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional

July 8-19, 2019

9 A.M. - 5 P.M

Applications accepted Jan. 2-April 5, 2019

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.

2019 Master classes include:

Rock musicals are an increasingly dominant force in contemporary musical theatre. Sheri’s revolutionary program “Rock the Audition” gives performers the tools necessary to interpret rock material with abandon, creativity, and inspiration, resulting in success in the audition room. Learn directly from the New York City rock-guru Sheri Sanders, a teacher and performer who has brought her program to more that 68 university musical theatre programs in America.

Perform for top NYC casting director Paul Hardt (Broadway/West End/National Tours/Goodspeed Opera House) 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, investigate current best practices for preparing your submission and audition material, and participate in a Q&A about the business.

Owing to the success of musicals such as Hamilton, today’s musical theatre auditions are calling for performers to be proficient in rock styles such as hip-hop and rap. Hip-Hop/Rapper/Singer Klokwize will teach performers about the style and craft of rap music, and performers will get direct feedback on their own performance.

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. 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 2019 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
  • Janelle Robinson, Performance Clinician
  • Sheri Sanders, Master Class
  • Paul Hardt, Master Class
  • Klokwize, Master Class

Michelle Murray Fiertek

Michelle Fiertek

Soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek is an active performer and teacher of wide-ranging styles from traditional classical repertoire to contemporary musical theater and pop/rock. Fiertek has received the University of Hartford Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award (2018) for her work in the Hartt School’s Vocal Studies Division, trained with Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition), the famed “rock musical guru” of NYC, as both a performer and teacher (2017-2018), and been nominated in the “Best Featured Actress in a Musical Production” category by Broadway World Connecticut (2015) 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). 

Michelle began her career in musical theater, opening “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 was the first American singer to be invited to perform both Japanese and American music in residence with a production company in the Gunma-ken prefecture of Japan. 

An accomplished recitalist, Fiertek specializes in Spanish art song and contemporary American art song, performing across the U.S. and in Madrid and Granada, Spain.  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 Republicand KBAQ-FM, and The Juliet Letters.   Michelle made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2005 with a solo performance of Bolcom’s music described as “First rate – engaging and authentic” in New York Concert Review.  A champion of Spanish art song, Michelle has studied under such famed musicians as pianist Miguel Zanetti and mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza 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 continues to return to Spain to study with Jorge Robaina, pianist and vocal coach at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid. 

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 Massand Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Messiah. Professor Fiertek currently serves on the voice faculty of The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Additionally, she is adjunct voice faculty for Hartt Community Division and Manchester Community College, program director for the HCD Summer Musical Theatre Intensives, and Executive Director of Hartford Opera Theater. Fiertek holds two B.M. degrees from Arizona State University, an M.M. from California State University, Long Beach, a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Lastly, having recently completed the Advanced Teacher Training, she is one of only a handful of teachers nationwide (and the only teacher in CT) certified by Sheri Sanders to teach “Rock the Audition” curriculum. For more information please visit

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. 

Janelle Robinson

Janelle RobinsonFor the past twenty years, Janelle Robinson has enjoyed an ongoing professional career on the operatic and musical theater stage. Her performances span several countries including France, Canada and Japan as well as most of the continental United States. Recently, Janelle received the 2014 Connecticut Critic’s Choice award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Bloody Mary in STONC’s South Pacific. Other awards include The Richard Tucker Study Grant and the MacAllister Award.

Robinson’s credits include the Broadway production of Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s Mary Poppins, directed by the award-winning Sir Richard Eyre, in which she originated the role of Mrs. Corry; Oklahoma, also produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn; and Hal Prince and Susan Stroman’s revival of Showboat.  

She originated the role of Ms. Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie and portrayed Queenie in Showboat. Regionally, Robinson has performed with Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, Connecticut Opera and Opera Company Philadelphia, Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theater, Maine State Music Theater, The Cleveland Playhouse, STONC and Playhouse on Park. 

Along with the aforementioned, Robinson has worked with many illustrious directors and choreographers throughout the years, including Michael Mayer, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Barry Ivan, Vicky Bussert, Dotty Danner, George Osborne, Wayne Cilento, Rob Ashford, Eric Stern and David Caddick. Her various television and film credits include FebrezeLaw and Order: Criminal IntentA Little Game and Aftermath

She received a Bachelor of Music from The Hartt School, an Advanced Certificate in Voice from the Juilliard School and a Master of Music from The Curtis Institute. She has also trained at the School for Film and Television in NYC. 

Presently, she is on faculty at Western Connecticut State University and The Hartt School in the music theater departments. She is also a faculty member of Hartt’s Community Division, Fineline Arts Center and The Enchanted Garden.

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.

Paul Hardt

PaulHardt-faculty-web.jpgPaul Hardt is a Casting Director at Stewart/Whitley in New York City. Before joining the Stewart/Whitley team, Paul spent 13 years as a Casting Director at SH Entertainment where he cast numerous Broadway production and National Tours including: BROADWAY/NY: August: Osage County, Come Fly Away, Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Hot Feet, A Moon For The Misbegotten, On Golden Pond, Sly Fox, West Side Story; WEST END/UK: West Side Story; TOURS: August: Osage County, The Bodyguard, The Graduate, Legends, On Golden Pond and West Side Story. Regional Theatres include: Alley Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC, Pasadena Playhouse, Asolo Rep as well as the US premier productions of The Nutty Professor and Josephine and the National Tour of The Bodyguard. For Stewart/Whitley, Paul currently helms the casting of Goodspeed Opera House, Asolo Rep and also covers projects at Bay Street Theatre, TUTS, RCCL and the new musical OTHER WORLD.



Klokwize-faculty-web.jpgKLOKWIZE is an American hip-hop artist known for his singles on national television (ESPN's 'First Take', The X-Games), feature films ('Rising Star', available on Amazon Prime) and radio (SHADE 45, CBS Radio). Klok is a viral favorite of many sports fans for his popular 'First Take Freestyle' video segment on ESPN's YouTube channel. He is a 3-time CTMA nominee and won 'Best Music Video' at the 2017 LA Film and Script Festival in Hollywood CA for his video 'Up Down' with Angela Luna.

Blending modern pop and hip hop aesthetics, the rapper/singer (born Patrick O'Sullivan in Hartford, Conn.) and his namesake live band have been seen across the US including dates on Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Foxwoods Casino, Toad's Place, Club Rubicon Las Vegas, and New York City's club circuit including The Bitter End, The Delancey, Fontana's, Black Bear and Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

He has shared the stage with music stars such as Tyga, Fat Joe, DJ Quik, Tha Dogg Pound, Obie Trice, Doug E Fresh, AMG, Suga Free, King Chip, Cormega, Pacewon, Murda Mook, Black Rob, The Sugarhill Gang, Living Colour, Hed (pe), Rehab, 2 Pistols, Fear Nuttin' Band, The Alchemystics, Roots of Creation and more. His latest album 'PERMISSION TO LAND' features production by DJ QUIK, UNCLE DAVE (Bruno Mars '24K Magic') and RESOURCE DAVINCI (Rae Sremmurd) and was released October 2017.


Sheri Sanders

sherisanders-faculty-web.jpgIn 2004, Sheri Sanders created an audition class in NYC called Rock The Audition: A Masterclass in Auditioning for Rock Musicals – and it became a cult hit in NYC. Since then, Sheri has become a Hal Leonard published author, and taught more than 67 musical theatre programs all over the country to successfully interpret all styles of popular music. Sheri is the world’s preeminent “rock” repertoire coach and audition cut arranger, and is now the first person in the history of musical theatre to have audition cuts on the most popular sheet music site in the world, Musicnotes. Her students have landed jobs on and off Broadway, on National Tours, and in Regional Productions of: Waitress, Spring Awakening (Revival), Kinky Boots, The Last Ship, Motown, Regina Spector’s Beauty, Jersey Boys, Diner, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, In the Heights, David Bowies’ Lazarus (to name a few). Past students have also competed on The Voice, American Idol, and The Glee Project, and she’s successfully coached students on auditions for Empire, Hamilton, Grease and Hairspray on TV.


General Information

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

2019 Tuition

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

Tuition: $1600
 (full 2-week program)

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

Payment plans now available!

A $250.00 minimum deposit is required at checkout, and remaining tuition will be billed in 3 monthly installments in May, June, and July.

All students must attend the full two-week program. Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration. 

Sample Daily Schedule

(Participants are grouped/groups alternate for small classes)
9:00-9:45 Conditioning and dance technique
9:45-10:30 Improvisation
10:30-11:15 Acting
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:15 Voice Class
12:15-1:00 Music Sectionals
1:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-5:00 Showcase rehearsals, clinic classes, and master classes

Audition online

Applications accepted January 2-April 5, 2019

Apply online!

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

  • Two contrasting 32 bar cuts: 1 Musical Theater; 1 Pop/Rock* any style (with live or pre-recorded accompaniment) *you can use the Sheri Sanders LONG AUDITION CUTS on, and the free Musicnotes app provides the piano accompaniment. Tip: use the mixer on the app (+) to remove the vocal melody line
  • Two contrasting 1-2 minute monologues (1 comedic/1 dramatic*) *no Shakespeare, please
  • 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
  • If you were to give a very important speech or a TED talk, what would it be about? It can be about any aspect of your life or experience. We want to get to know you.

Auditions Accepted as of January 2, 2019

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.


2019 Weekend Activities are open only to SMTI Preprofessional Residential Students

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Goodspeed Opera House
Backstage tour
Lunch in Gillette State Park
Matinee performance of Because of Winn Dixie.
(a new musical by Neil Benjamin & Duncan Sheik)

Dinner at Gobi Mongolian Grill   

Sunday, July 14, 2019
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 weekend excursion activities)

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 7, 2019; Check-out occurs on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration. Full balance deadline due April 12, 2019.


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 19, 2019 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. An open dress rehearsal may be added Thursday, July 18, 2019 depending on enrollment to ensure that all families get to see a performance. Students will be provided pizza dinner between performances.

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