Inspire, challenge, engage through the arts.

Our Vision:
We envision a vibrant and diverse community where EVERY person is empowered and inspired through self-expression to embrace Arts Education and lifelong appreciation of the Performing Arts.

Our Mission:
To engage, motivate, and energize by creating opportunities that build confidence, instill passion, and transform lives.


"Drumming on Buckets"

Grades 2nd - 3rd from 10:00 - 10:45 am
Grades 4th - 5th from 11:00 - 11:45 am

"Theatre Games and Improvisation"
Saturday, February 12th, 2022
Grades 2nd - 3rd from 10:00 - 10:45 am
Grades 4th - 5th from 11:00 - 11:45 am

Saturday, March 12th, 2022
Grades 2nd - 3rd from 10:00 -10:45 am
Grades 4th - 5th from 11:00 - 11:45 am

All workshops will be in person at The Palace Theatre. Children can register for all 3 workshops or individual workshops. Space is limited. Masks will be required. All Palace staff and teachers are fully vaccinated.

These workshops are free of charge.

Program Overview
Registration Form


The 2022 Ernie DiMattia
Emerging Young Artist Awards

  for the writing of an original 15-minute one-act play.

Download the 2022 forms here:
Letters to Principals and Teachers
Plays and Applications are due on or before the end of the business day (5 pm) Feb 1st, 2022

Guest Director for staged play reading of the 3 winning plays

Luis Salgado is an international director, choreographer, and educator from Puerto Rico that has fallen in love with the magic and power of telling stories on stage. Most recently Luis directed Matilda, The Musical, a bilingual version of FAME, the Musical that was translated and developed by Salgado Productions and won the 2020 Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Musical. Virtually Luis served as associate director and co-choreographer for the virtual concert Viva Broadway, Hear Our Voices. He was the assistant Latin choreographer of In the Heights on Broadway, which won four Tony Awards.  Luis was the associate director/choreographer of Cirque de Soliel's Paramour in Hamburg Germany. Among the productions he has directed/choreographed in the United States and abroad are the Holland Production of On Your Feet, RAGTIME, TO BE OR NOT TO BE... a Shakespearean Experience, AIDA, Amigo Duende the Musical, In The Heights, Bountiful, Zuccotti Park, Song of Solomon, Speed the Plow, The Tempest, and the 2018/19 Upfront events for TELEMUNDO. In 2017 Luis directed and choreographed the U.S premiere of the Spanish version of In The Heights at GALA Theatre in Washington, which received nine 2018 Helen Hayes Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Choreography.
Luis is the founder/director of R.Evolución Latina, an affiliate of the non-profit organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Luis’ personal mission as an artist and a leader is to empower society through the arts to make a change for the better

Congratulations to all our winners!
2010 - 2021
Christopher Israel, Nicole Talamo, Marco Greco, Playwriting. 
2020 Jeison Lenis Lopez, Zaida Rio Polanco, Naomi Young,  Samantha Vertucci, Charlie Johnson, Serena Shifrin, Playwriting
2019 Emilia Getzinger, Alexandra Levins, Grace O'Rourke, Cassie Lang, Charlotte Marvin, Mya Turner, Playwriting
2018 Andrew Casturo-Burnette, Kristina Dignelli, and William Donovan, Playwriting 
2017 Olivia Falkenrath, Quinn Murphy, and Ryan Polistena, Playwriting
2016 Ariel Abergel, Isabelle Pierce, Michael Busani, Yona Dervishi, Playwriting
2015 Stephanie Walsh, Playwriting
2014 Anna Black, Original Composition
2013 Elizabeth D'Aiuto, Vocalist
2012 EJ Couloucoundis, Vocalist
2011 Danny Pravder, Jazz Pianist
2010 Anna Leunis, Violinist

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
Tuesday, March 15th 10:00 - 11:00 am
Recommended Grades: Pre K - 5th

Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination! Harold’s journey takes him on a wild ride to Mars, (shooting stars & spaceships), he joins a circus (and tames a lion), and rescues a princess in an enchanted castle. With life-size puppets, pantomime, dance, magic and original music, your children will be delighted & amazed.

Curriculum: Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Grammar, Creative Writing, Storytelling, Visual and Performing Arts.

Download the 2022 Forms:

Letter to Principal and Teachers
Ticket Order Form


A complimentary program for 10 students meeting at The Palace Theatre.
4 Saturdays, Feb 26, March 5, 12, 19, 2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grades 9th – 12th
Sessions will meet in person at The Palace Theatre unless the CT Covid guidelines change and we need to move onto zoom.

Program Overview
Registration Form

What does it take to become an influential director/artist?  Appreciation of a complex story? Complex characters? The best setting for telling this story? In each session, we will explore these director tools in a 4-week program, including script analysis, articulating a director’s concept, casting, collaborative rehearsal techniques, and performance, on a contemporary short play or scene. The focus will be on understanding the practical considerations of directing, leadership skills, and connecting with one’s individual artistry. Get advice on how to “break into the business”

Taught by Leah Reddy, an NYC-based director, dramaturg, and producer, a teaching artist with Roundabout Theatre Co., a video producer, and a mentor with the Arthur Miller Foundation.


Palace ArtsCrew

ArtsCrew members serve as interns while accruing community service hours and National Honor Society hours all while gaining valuable insight into the behind-the-scenes of a performing arts center. Students will be exposed to the inner workings of the departments that make up the core of a performing arts center; Marketing, Development, Finance, Education, Box Office, and Production.

To apply to be an ArtsCrew member contact the Education Department at 203.517.3431 or To be eligible you must be a High School senior.


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