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HartBeat Ensemble, founded in 2001, is an artist-led professional theater company in Hartford dedicated to creating provocative offerings that build community partnerships. Housed in the Carriage House Theater, HartBeat engages with the local area through programming that includes commissions, pop-up performances, and community conversations, the latter involving the organization’s partnership with a civic or social group to spark dialogue on a particular topic. HartBeat collaborates with more than 50 community organizations as it trains young adults to create their own work, making the theater an incubator for developing individual passions. HartBeat also hosts education programs such as Startin’ Drama, which provides conflict resolution workshops for a positive school climate, and the Youth Play Institute, which offers paid internships in play creation.

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