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"So I had a dream about the balcony scene [a scene in which her character chews out a guy in an upstairs window who is harassing her].  And earlier today I did something that I never thought I would do, which is stand up for myself. So from now on whenever I need to stand up for myself, I'm going to think about that balcony scene." --YPI participant Summer 2016

youth play institute (YPI)

YPI is a paid internship program in acting, playwriting, theater design or stage management for young adults between the ages of 16 and 21. IN 2019, HartBeat will conduct one 8-week session and one 5-week summer program. In each session, 12-20 young people from the Greater Hartford area, with at least 50% of participants being Hartford residents, spend 60-120 hours together receiving training from working theater professionals.

For information, call  at 860-808-4299 or email


Saturday, September 14 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Monday, September 16 from 6:00pm-9pm.

Other times are available upon request.

2019 Fall Session:

Orientation: Saturday, September 28, 10am - 1pm.

Fall Session: Mon. and Wed. from 6-9 for 8 weeks; Sept. 28 through Nov. 25