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Education & Community Outreach at the Shubert

When art happens lives change! Our Education and Community Outreach programs change the lives of over 5,000 school children every year. We are committed to integrating the arts into our diverse community whether through a stellar performance or an interactive lesson in the classroom!

CAPA Community Connections (formely S.N.A.P. program)

Partnering with local schools, non-profits and New Haven-based community and neighborhood service providers, this program makes free tickets available to disadvantaged children, senior citizens, families and teenagers. Each season free tickets are distributed to over 100 groups in the community to provide access to the performing arts who might not otherwise be able to attend. Performances range from Broadway events, concerts, ballets and family events.
Applications for the 2012-13 CAPA Community Connections are now available - please click on the following categories to download forms:
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“I believe children should be exposed to other cultures early in life; it makes for better
understanding of different people. Thank you very much!”
—C.W., Village Grandparent                   

Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camp

The Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camp is a month-long camp for Connecticut middle school studnets held at New Haven's state of the art Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School (next door to the Shubert Theater). This innovative program gives students the opportunity to pursue the arts during the summer through a range of courses while giving them a head start on what they'd like to pursue in high school. Students may select courses based on their interest and strengths. Courses include: acting, animation, ballet, ceramics, drawing, peformance / storytelling, play writing, sculpture, TV & video production and more!


CAPA's most extensive and requested education program is a residency of the renowned Pilobolus Dance Company, now in its 16th year. Over an eight-week period, this residency reaches more than 850 young people in 15-20 schools in the New Haven area.

MOVIN' residency program has significant impact on enrollees, as the artists work with at-risk middle school students to build self-esteems and develop valuable life skills such as team-work, communication and problem-solving through creative movement.

“I have a special way of describing Movin’. I call it the three Fs (fun, free, fabulous). It is Fun
because you never know what to expect each day. Free stands for doing anything you want
and not feeling bad. Last is Fabulous for knowing we can do anything in the world if we try!"

-- Miguel, Wintergreen Inter-district Magnet School                  


LITERARY LESSONS & ART IN ACTION are a collaboration with high schools in the greater New Haven community. These special programs, made possible by grants and underwriting from local businesses, brings in local teaching artists and community speakers, incorporates lessons in history, music, art and literature by exploring dramatic themes. The program culminates with students attending a live performance of the featured performance at the Shubert.

“The Literary Lessons project was outstanding and we continued to talk about it for weeks
afterward, as it brought up issues for kids that challenged them and made them think.”

—Deborah O’Hare, Teacher, High School in the Community                  

School Time Performances

This program allows Greater New Haven school children the opportunity to see a Broadway show by providing subsidized tickets to special daytime performances of a Shubert event.

These programs are generously underwritten by individuals, foundations and area businesses. You can play a vital role in the arts in our community. Learn how.