Sponsorship Acknowledgement Includes:
- Prominent signage/recognition on website and in production programs, commensurate
with donation level.
- Acknowledgment in the curtain speech before the matinees.
- Signage/recognition on all education marketing materials.
- Logo included on donor plaque at the entrance to the theater.
Season ALL FREE Student Matinee
The first Saturday matinee of EVERY production is free for students and faculty from any
academic institution in Connecticut. In addition, TheaterWorks offers weekday matinees for high
school students during the school year. The matinees are offered to all Hartford Public High
Schools free of charge with transportation included. Last year we served more than 3,360
students. The program gives students the chance to gain an understanding of and an
appreciation for theater. Students, in turn, enrich TheaterWorks' current audience and most
importantly establish the foundation for ongoing audience development. With each ALL FREE
matinee the theater hosts a post show TalkBack with the actors which serves to further engage
students and deepen their experience.
This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and American History
Two years ago, TheaterWorks launched this new program targeted at elementary and middle
school students. “This Land” is a four-person, fifty-minute performance followed by a question and answer session with the actors/musicians. It explores America and its people through
Woody Guthrie’s music and writings. Exposure to these songs within their specific historical
context, conveyed in narrative style by all four performers teaches not only the material from the
pages of the script, but the technique and passion of Woody's folksongs and the spirit of the art form. The accompanying workbook/study guide helps teachers prepare classes. This year we
anticipate serving some 1,700 students and teachers.
Season Intern Program
TheaterWorks has a well-developed and highly regarded internship program that is deeply
engrained in the theater’s culture. College students commit through a production cycle.
Students receive a reasonable stipend, may receive academic credit and become Equity
Membership Candidates for AEA, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
These interns become fully integrated into the theater and ‘wear many hats’ – from pre-
production work in the shop, to on-stage set construction, to front of house services, to sound
and light board operation and stage management. A number of interns have gone on to work in
TheaterWorks Production shop and a few have become full time employees.