Founded in 2001, HartBeat Ensemble creates theater based on stories drawn from contemporary life in Connecticut. Through Mainstage Plays, Education Programs and commissioned work, HartBeat develops theater that is accessible beyond the barriers of class, race, geography and gender.
HartBeat’s Mainstage plays are original full-length works that tell extraordinary stories of ordinary people. HartBeat’s Education Programs, inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, explore ways to alter situations, external or internal, which adversely affect our lives. Through conflict resolution workshops and play-building residencies, participants learn to express their joy and air their grievances creatively. HartBeat regularly appears in the Hartford Advocate’s “Best of” edition as one of the top three professional theaters in the area.
HartBeat recently moved into the 77-seat Carriage House Theater, part of our Immanuel campus. Immanuel is currently working with the directors of HartBeat Ensemble who are creating a play about S. Marshall Street, based on interviews with the residents.
For more information, visit the HartBeat Ensemble’s website: www.hartbeatensemble.org