Connecticut
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Venue
HartBeat Ensemble

Founded in 2001, HartBeat Ensemble's mission is to create provocative theater that connects our community beyond traditional barriers of race, gender, class and geography.

 

HartBeat Ensemble is the only institution in Hartford that is consistently using theater to speak powerfully across different generations, races, populations and interest groups. As an ensemble of artist-activists, we create as well as present innovative productions based on critical civic issues. HartBeat offers audiences the chance to experience and respond to the work they have just seen through live performance and guided conversations. HartBeat’s original, full-length creative works, including the award-winning Flipside, the critically acclaimed Jimmy & Lorraine, and the sold-out hit Pegao by Ensemble member Cin Martinez. HartBeat continues to inspire the next generation of leaders to create change for a better world through its Youth Play Institute.

In 2013, HartBeat moved into the Carriage House Theater located on Farmington Avenue in Hartford. Our home provides an opportunity for HartBeat to produce a season of events that extends beyond our mainstage and education productions and to create a unique space for artists and the community to gather and experience live performance as well as engage in community conversations.

Additional Links: 
Courant: "One of the best plays of the year."
At Saint Joseph University Jan. 26

I Have Worked With

  • January 2021

    Presented excerpt of HartBeat Ensemble production of Jimmy & Lorriaine along with a panel discustion.

  • July 2018

    Ko Festival presented two performances of HartBeat Ensemble's Jimmy & Lorraine . Talkbacks about race, ethnicity, sexual identity and politics were held after two shows with the playwright Talvin Wilks and director Brian Jennings.

  • January 2017

    USJ presented three performances of HartBeat Ensemble's Jimmy & Lorraine at the Autorino Center for the Arts in January 2017. Talkbacks about race, ethnicity, sexual identity and politics were held after two shows. Talkbacks were led by Frank Mitchell, executive director of the Amistad Center for Arts and Culture and Karen Thosen, filmaker who helped orchestrate a three-day James Baldwin retrospective in Paris and has toured the country and schools with her Baldwin documentary.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Godfrey L.
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Fax: 
none
Mailing Address: 
360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Physical Address: 
360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Last Name: 
Simmons
Phone: 
860-548-9144
TTY Phone: 
none

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Playwriting
Year Founded: 
2001
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Venue Rental
Events Per Year: 
45
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theaters Member
Awards: 
NYC International Fringe Festival, Best Ensemble 2012
Nomination, American Theatre Critics Association’s annual ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award
2015, Hometown Heros Award, Julia Rosenblatt
2013, Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowships Awards, Julia Rosenblatt
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
We require a stage or other level floor that is a minimum of 30 feet wide by 25 feet deep with a overhead clearance of 12 feet. Stage lighting is also required. We prefer to patch into a house sound system but can provide a system if necessary.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$2,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$10,000
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
3
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Theater
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Carriage House Theater
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06t105
Venue Phone: 
860-548-9144
Stage Details: 
Proscenium Theater
Thrust Stage
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dressing room(s)
Green room
Light system / track lighting
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Piano
Sound system
WiFi
Venue Capacity: 
77
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
$500
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Trained Crew Available