ARTS EDUCATION AT THE PALACE THEATRE
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.


 
Congratulations to our 2022 Playwriting winners Hannah Ginste, Lulu Tagger, and Noah Vienne




YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
“Scene Study/Acting/Improvisation”
A complimentary program meeting once a week at:
The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street
Grades 6th – 8th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6 Wednesdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, & 9, 2022


Students MUST commit to attend all 6 sessions.

Registration is Open!

Actors will be acquainted with various acting techniques, introduced to script analysis, and collaborate with scene partners. Materials will be provided for the actors and all work will be done in class. The program exposes students to the pillars of dramatic acting and writing. Each class will include exercises in ensemble building, improv, theatre, and will increase students' confidence when it comes to sharing ideas.

Printable Forms:
Registration Form


 



ArtsKids: A Series of Interactive Arts Education Workshops

"Drumming on Buckets"
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Grades 2nd - 3rd from 10:00 - 10:45 am
Grades 4th - 5th from 11:00 - 11:45 am

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

"Hip-Hop/Jazz"
Saturday, December 3, 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.

These workshops are free of charge. Registration is open!

Printable Forms:
Program Overview/Registration Form

 



 
The 2023 Ernie DiMattia
Emerging Young Artist Awards

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

Printable Forms:
Letter to Principals and Teachers
Criteria
Application

 
Plays and Applications are due on or before the end of the business day (5 pm) Feb 1st, 2023

Guest Directors 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

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Congratulations to all our winners!
2010 - 2022
2022
Hannah Ginste, Lulu Tagger, Noah Vienne, Playwriting
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 14th, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Recommended Grades: Pre K - 5th

Tickets go on sale September 12th

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.

Printable Forms:
Letter to Principal and Teachers
Ticket Order Form

 


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Symphony Space "Global Arts"
This is a free Symphony Space program, being presented and generously sponsored by The Palace Theatre
DATES TBA
Grades 3-5 (as of Sept. 2022)


This program was created in the belief that the arts bring people together, transcend barriers, and celebrate both our similarities and differences. Using the arts as primary sources rich in information about the people who created them, Global Arts explores cultures from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and explores the cultures of indigenous people from North & South America.

 Four day program taking place at The Palace Theatre in Stamford (61 Atlantic Street). The program is designed for 3rd – 5th graders. Please note: Student must be able to attend ALL days; we unfortunately cannot accommodate those who can only attend partially. 

 Each day will be filled with activities such as Physical Warm-up, Journal Writing, Storytelling, Theatre Games, Acting, Dance and Music: elements of African influences in American Music, Samba Music, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Bharatanatyam Dance, African Drumming, Asian Art.

2023 Forms:
TBA



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"A SENSE OF DIRECTION"
A complimentary program for 10 students meeting at The Palace Theatre.
DATES TBA
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.

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.

2023 Forms:
TBA


 



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Triple Threat Performer
DATES TBA
Ages 9-16
Fee: $750


Under the inspiring direction of Luis Salgado, Broadway Assistant Choreographer of the Tony-winning show “In the Heights” and Director/Choreographer for “Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour”, “On Your Feet” & “Ragtime”, the exciting two- weeks will immerse students in the dynamic process of Acting, Singing and Dancing -- with a focus in the making of Art with A Purpose. The program is highly designed to encompass the diverse components of Musical Theatre.

Classes will be taught by a select group of experienced New York artists from Salgado Productions to provide students with the well-rounded training they require.

Students will fully engage in master classes exploring the disciplines of acting, voice, and dancing (Musical Theater, Body Percussion, Latin Fusion, Song Interpretation, Hip-Hop and more).

At the end of the two transformative weeks, students will have a deeper understanding of how to successfully integrate song, dance, and character interpretation within a musical theatre piece, using all tools to support their journey as an actor to communicate their character’s central truth.

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.

2023 Forms:
TBA


Registration opens at a later date. Send completed registration/permission form, photo release form and deposit to: cbryan@palacestamford.org or by mail to:
Carol Bryan
The Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT 06901

 




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 cbryan@palacestamford.org. To be eligible you must be a High School senior.

 

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