Welcome to Playhouse Theatre Academy!

Youth programs for grades K- high school, offered in multiple locations. Programs run March - May, 2022.

Cick to go to our Youth Programs page for information and registration.

Like our spring sessions, our summer programs are available for grades K - high school.

Go to our Summer Programs 2022 page for details and registration info.

Formerly known as the intership program, the Profession Training Program is designed specifically to open the door to college theatre artists and emerging professionals.

Go to our Professional Training Program page for details, program requirements, and audition info.

About Us

Playhouse Theatre Academy is dedicated to offering professional theatre programs for emerging artists of all ages and abilities. All students will learn from expert faculty who will share their exceptional abilities and love of theatre. Managed by Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc., Playhouse Theatre Academy is able to provide access to professional artists, productions and opportunities through our affiliation with Playhouse on Park. Whether your goal is to be a professional actor or to explore your imagination and creativity in a new way, the Playhouse Theatre Academy is a home for quality theatre instruction.

Need-based scholarships are available! To learn more, contact Jill Zarcone, Education Coordinator at JZarcone@PlayhouseTheatreGroup.org.


Multiple Locations

Education is offered in multiple locations, dependent on scheduling availability. In addition to Playhouse on Park, we conduct classes as Simsmore Square in Simsbury, CT and the 224 Ecospace in Hartford, CT. Learn more about our locations.


Meet our Staff

Director of Education Michael Hinton
Email: MHinton@PLayhouseTheaterGroup.org
Phone: 860-523-5900 x16

Michael Hinton is the Director of Education at the Playhouse Theatre Academy. As an actor, Michael has appeared on the Playhouse stage in MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, and ALL IS CALM. He also directed THE GREEN SHOW for The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival, and choreographed stage fights for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, INTO THE WOODS, and TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR. Regional Theatres: Elm Shakespeare Company, Ivoryton Playhouse, Colonial Theatre, Flock Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. NY theatre: The Actors Studio, Estrogenius Festival, Hip to Hip Theatre. UK theatre: Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic. He directed and co-wrote the short film ODETTE. As a voice actor, Michael has over fifty credits to his name. He received his master’s degree in Professional Acting from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. He has also trained extensively at Shakespeare & Company. In addition to teaching with the Playhouse, Michael is a member of the theatre faculties at Eastern Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University. He has also previously taught with Elm Shakespeare, Flock Theatre, and at Mitchell College. Subjects taught include: acting, voice/speech, Shakespeare, theatre history, improv/theatre games, stage combat, and playwriting. MichaelHintonActor.com

Our teaching artists provide the highest quality instruction to our students. Read about them here.