Education Programs

For over 20 years, The Bushnell has affected the lives of over 400,000 young people with award-winning programs that extend beyond the stage, into the classroom and throughout the community. Programs such as the nationally recognized PARTNERS® program use the arts to teach core curriculum with a focus on literacy, as well as develop each young person’s artistic and literary talents. These fundamental goals extend throughout all of The Bushnell's programming and are particularly evident in Bushnell’s Children’s Theatre, the CT Slam Poetry Program, The Noah Webster JAZZicians instrumentalist program, and the full-scholarship Ensign-Darling vocal program.

Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship

We are currently looking to reevaluate our Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship program so that we may continue to bring dynamic experiences with even greater access to more of Connecticut’s youth. During this transition, auditions are currently postponed for 2020.

Enjoy a look into previous Ensign-Darling performances.

Bushnell Children's Theatre

Educating students through the arts!
To bring your students to see BCT productions, please click to download the following documents:

> Order Form for School Groups - click to download
> Guidelines and Procedures - click to download

Remaining 2019/20 BCT Shows:

The Scarlet Letter - Grades 5-8

Noah Webster JAZZicians

JAZZicians is a scholarship program provides professional performances, master classes, and private lessons for students interested in Jazz.

Learn more about JAZZicians.

Connecticut Youth Poetry Slam

The Connecticut Youth Poetry Slam provides high school students with the opportunity to work on creating and performing written and spoken word in a professional setting.

Learn more about Connecticut Youth Poetry Slam.


Arts integration units devised and tailored for each school’s cultural and curricular needs.

Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship

A statewide full-scholarship vocal program for a select number of talented and highly motivated high school students

Noah Webster JAZZicians

A scholarship program for talented middle school jazz instrumentalists at Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School in Hartford.

Connecticut Youth Poetry Slam

A writing program for talented high school poets throughout the State of Connecticut.

William A. Yandow Educator Award

Recognizing educators who use the arts to foster transformational growth.

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