Performing Arts InterSECT - Discover performing arts in Southeastern Connecticut Last Updated 5/17

Southeastern Connecticut is home to a robust and diverse performing arts sector dedicated to the creation, production, and presentation of music, theater, dance, the spoken word, film, puppetry, opera and more.  Adding to the region’s vitality and enhancing the towns and cities, these providers are an eclectic group that range in size and scale.  From innovative community groups to a National Medal of Arts recipient, these performing arts organizations serve local, national, and international audiences.  Beyond entertainment and artistry, these organizations offer educational programs, develop talent, provide volunteer opportunities, serve under-represented youth, and create pathways for mental health recovery.

The following listings provide arts and culture lovers with a resource for finding new performances and programs to attend, locating groups to join, and referring organizations of interest.

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Artreach, Inc. - Norwich

Artreach is a nonprofit mental health and arts agency. Theater, music, and visual arts enhance the quality of our members’ lives while supporting sustainable recovery. Artreach’s comedy performances are educational and fun, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Photo: Fredda Gordon Photography

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Chestnut Street Playhouse - Norwich

Chestnut Street Playhouse is committed to providing high quality theatrical experiences that entertain audiences, educate students, and nurture and develop the local arts community. Striving to be a major catalyst for community involvement and revitalization through the arts. Photo: Robert MacPherson

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Connecticut Lyric Opera - New London

Connecticut Lyric Opera (CLO) is Connecticut’s only full-season professional opera company. CLO produces three fully staged productions per season with orchestra and chorus, the Summer Opera Institute’s Young Artists opera, and other performances featuring CLO soloists and orchestra members.

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The Chelsea Players - Norwich

Since 1983, The Chelsea Players has presented more than 70 plays and concerts in Norwich. Prefering plays accessible yet non-mainstream, including work by local playwrights. New members interested in community theater and the arts are welcome to join

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Connecticut Storytelling Center - New London

Connecticut Storytelling Center promotes the living art and use of storytelling. During Tellabration!, storytellers travel statewide bringing customized programs to community sites. The Center also offers a festival and conference for adults, workshops for teachers and storytellers, and school programs.

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Eastern Connecticut Ballet - New London & Middlesex Counties

Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) is the home of classical ballet training in the heart of southeastern Connecticut. Celebrating twenty-five years, ECB offers the highest caliber instruction and performance opportunities, challenging students to reach their full potential as dancers and artists. Photo: Mark Ross Photography

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Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association - Griswold

Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association (ECPAA) is a nonprofit arts organization of performers, artists and local business people who seek to improve the state of the arts in eastern Connecticut. Visit the website for information regarding classes and performances.

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Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra - New London

Founded in 1946, the mission of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (ECSO) is to inspire, educate, and connect our communities through live orchestral music. Led by Music Director and Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada, the ECSO impacts audiences on and off stage. Photo: Peter Weber

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Emerson Theater Collaborative - Mystic

Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC) produces innovative theater and educational programs serving youth, under-represented communities, and both emerging and professional artists with an emphasis on diversity. ETC produces new works and modern theatrical classics, and collaborates with Emerson College alumni. Photo: OK3 Photograph

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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center - Waterford

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the nation’s preeminent theater development center. The O’Neill is dedicated to the creation of innovative new works and support of artists, enriching the lives of artists, students, teachers, and audiences. Photo: Derek Hayn

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Flock Theatre - New London

Flock Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit theater company committed to working with any community into which we are invited. Through original, collaborative, educational efforts, we find the theatre that best suits the needs of that community. Photo: A. Vincent Scarano

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Garde Arts Center - New London

Located in the heart of New London, the nationally-acclaimed historic Garde movie palace is the centerpiece of the region’s nonprofit center for the performing arts and cinema, and hosts live theater, popular and symphonic music, special events, and new and classic films.

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Griswold Players Community Chorus - Jewett City

Griswold Players Community Chorus is a mixed voice adult chorus dedicated to sharing the joy of singing. Repertoire balances contemporary traditional choral with smatterings of foreign, classical, and pop. Rehearsal is weekly, with themed concerts performed in May and December.

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La Grua Center - Stonington

Founded in 2007, La Grua Center is a nonprofit cultural center in Stonington Borough offering a wide variety of concerts, lectures, and art exhibits in an intimate, acoustically distinctive space flooded with natural light and vaulted ceilings.

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Mystic River Chorale - Mystic

Organized in 1984, the Mystic River Chorale is an auditioned, independent nonprofit chorus. The singers come from throughout the region and perform classical and popular music twice yearly.

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Norwich Arts Center - Norwich

A full service community arts organization, the Norwich Arts Center provides musical, theatrical, literary and other performing arts programs in its distinctive 135-seat Donald L. Oat Theater. The theater is also available for rentals and parties.

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OBesa Cantavit - Stonington Borough

OBesa Cantavit (The Fat Lady Has Sung) seeks to inspire listeners with the beauty and emotion of great choral music. Repertoire features a capella works, from foreign lands and forgotten times to new American compositions and classical masterpieces.

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onStage - Connecticut College, New London

Connecticut College presents dance, music and theater performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists, faculty and student performers. Photo: Edward Morris