Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
HartBeat Ensemble

Founded in 2001 by Steven Raider-Ginsburg, Julia B. Rosenblatt and Gregory R. Tate (1952-2012), HartBeat Ensemble creates provocative theater that connects our community beyond traditional barriers of class, race, geography and gender. HartBeat’s resident home is the Carriage House Theater located on Farmington Avenue in Hartford.

HartBeat Ensemble’s plays have been seen at festivals and theaters throughout the region, such as the NY International Fringe Festival (awarded 2012 Best Ensemble), Boston University, Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak Cultural Center, among others. HartBeat’s educational workshops and residencies have been offered in over 50 institutions in the area, including public schools, universities, unions, correctional facilities and treatment centers.

In 2013, HartBeat moved into the Carriage House Theater in Hartford. Our home will provide an opportunity for HartBeat to produce a season of events that extends beyond our mainstage and education productions. Our goal is to offer our community consistently dynamic live presentations by HartBeat Ensemble as well as other Connecticut-based artists and companies. We are dedicated to supporting the creative community in our area by providing a fully-equipped professional theater for local groups to perform, rehearse and meet at a subsidized rate.

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

I Have Worked With

  • 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.

  • December 2016

    HartBeat presented a performance of Ebeneeza -- A Hartford Holiday Carol, an original theater work written by the HartBeat Ensemble. Originally set in modern-day Greater Hartford, Ebeneeza is a multi-cultural retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, using local history and all the winter holidays - Christmas feasts, Chanukah rituals, Winter Solstice and Kwanzaa celebrations. The performance was for the corporation's employee affinity groups as part of the corporation's employee enrichment program.

  • October 2016

    HartBeat presented Frog Hollow: A State of Mind at The Studio at Billings Forge on October 15-16, 2016, a grassroots investigative theater project dedicated to collecting the living stories of the residents of Frog Hollow neighbors in Hartford. The work was commissioned and presented by Trinity College, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance and Billings Forge Community Works. Trinity College is located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood.


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Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Physical Address: 
360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
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Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Playwriting
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
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: 
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Theater Communications Group Member
Network of Ensemble Theaters Member
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

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.
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State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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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
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Julia Rosenblatt has a BA in theater from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, studied Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed at UMass, and was a faculty member in the theater department at the Greater Hartford Academy
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Venue Available for Rent/Use

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