The ECA Theatre Department provides advanced level, pre-professional training under the tutelage of practicing professional theatre artists. The curriculum models that of a college conservatory training program whereby students:
- study established and emerging methods and techniques in the areas of acting, movement, and voice and speech;
- survey notable plays, playwrights, and styles throughout history, honing their skills of analysis and criticism;
- explore playwriting, stage management, directing, technical theatre and design;
- develop and create original work including theatre for social change; and
- engage in workshops led by prominent master teaching artists.
The Theatre department strives to bring the finest work to the stage, all the while with a committed respect of the artistic process, and a strong emphasis on collaboration and ensemble work. As a result, students acquire knowledge and develop communication skills that will prepare them for post-secondary and professional careers. Students’ lives are enriched by the study, performance and appreciation of theatre within a diverse learning environment.
To apply for Admission to the Theatre Department, please visit the Application Process Page.
Photos by Paul Duda
Theatre Dept presents
An evening featuring the Cabaret Class
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Little Theatre
1 Lincoln Street New Haven
Tickets $5 at the door
The Students of the ACES ECA Theatre Department
will perform at the legendary New York nightclub, DON'T TELL MAMA
in aOne Show Only performance on
Saturday, May 18th, 2019.
Time: 4:00 p.m.
RSVP @ 1 - 212 - 757 - 0788
To Reserve Tickets, please follow the links below:
Please do make sure you reserve your tix ASAP!!!
Featuring Ellie Benoit, Erian Diaz, Bella DiMartino, Jessie Hittle, Elena Keogh, Tiana McGee, Evie Pearson, Skipper Rankin, Hannah Stein, Justyn Velez and Ava Wilson.
The students will perform selections from the theater and pop songbooks which they have been studying during the last semester at ACES. The director of the show is Liz Rubino, a member of the theatre department.
CLUB ADDRESS: 346 WEST 46TH STREET NY, NY, 10036
Tickets are $10 for the Children's Cabaret
2 drink minimum per show. Cash Only at the Club
Bio: The Theatre department strives to bring the finest work to the stage, all the while with a committed respect of the artistic process, and a strong emphasis on collaboration and ensemble work.
As a result, students acquire knowledge and develop communication skills that will prepare them for post-secondary and professional careers.
Students’ lives are enriched by the study, performance and appreciation of theatre within a diverse learning environment.
The Secret in the Wings
by Mary Zimmerman
1 Lincoln Street
Wednesday April 4 & Thursday April 5 at 7pm
Saturday, April 6 at 2pm
Tickets: $15 at the door
The Theatre Department's upcoming Devised Theatre offering entitled 'Shine Again' was featured in a Daily Nutmeg article on April 5th. To read the full article, please click the link below:
Theatre Dept Senior Remsen Welsh wins CT August Wilson Monologue Competition!
Theatre Dept Seniors Remsen Welsh and Tiana McGee made the regional finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition held at Yale Repertory Theatre on February 28, 2019. They competed with over 80 students to become two of the fifteen regional finalists. Schools competing included ACES Educational Center for the Arts, Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School, Regional Center for the Arts, Wilbur Cross High School, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hillhouse High School, Riverside Academy, New Haven Adult and Continuing Education, and Choate Rosemary Hall. Tiana McGee performed a monologue from Jitney , playing the character Rena. Remsen Welsh performed a monologue from The Piano Lesson , playing the character Berniece. Remsen came in first place in the CT competition and will go on to compete at the National August Wilson Monologue competition on Monday, May 6 at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. The ACES community celebrates Remsen and Tiana’s artistic success, hard work and creativity!
ACES Educational Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Ethan Balfour Clark and Erian Diaz placed first and third respectively at the 35th annual Connecticut Shakespeare Competition. This competition is open to students in Grades 9-12 from public, independent, and parochial high schools. Students are selected by their schools in a preliminary competition for advancement to the state competition. Participants are required to perform from memory a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays and to recite a sonnet by Shakespeare. The ACES ECA competition had 23 student participants of which Ethan and Erian were chosen by the Theatre Department faculty to compete at the state competition held at Sacred Heart University. Ethan will compete in the English Speaking Union National Competition on Monday, April 29 held at Lincoln Center in NYC. The first place winner of the National Competition will win a three-week summer program at the British American Drama Academy in England. The second place winner will be awarded a summer program at the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Virginia. The third place prize is $500. All seniors in the ECA Theatre Department are enrolled in a Shakespeare Monologue and Sonnet class with instructor Carolyn Ladd. After the ECA competition is held, the first and second place winners, this year Ethan and Erian, are coached by Chair of the Theatre Department, Ingrid Schaeffer and Carolyn Ladd to prepare them to go on the compete at the state competition. The ACES community congratulates both Ethan and Erian for their wonderful work and celebration of Shakespeare’s language!
First place: Ethan Balfour Clark ACES Educational Center for the Arts
Richard, Henry VI, pt. 3 Sonnet 96
Second place: Lilli Querker Amity High School
Luciana, The Comedy of Errors Sonnet 94
Third place: Erian Diaz ACES Educational Center for the Arts
Hamlet, Hamlet Sonnet 141