Summer Soirée

An evening to support arts education!
Wednesday, June 7  |  The Governor's Residence |  5:30PM - 8PM 

The Greater Hartford Arts Council invites you to our Summer Soirée at the historic and beautiful Governor's Residence to support 
Neighborhood Studios, our arts education program for local teens. Mix and mingle as you enjoy sparkling wine, delicious food, and hear two special guest speakers: Broadway Director, Benjamin Endsley Klein; and Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts. Learn more about these great speakers below! 

Why Support Neighborhood Studios? 
During the six-week summer apprenticeship program, students receive hands on instruction in an artistic medium, as well as career skills training to prepare them for today’s creative workplace. Each apprentice also receives a weekly stipend so they don’t have to choose between a quality arts education and a summer job. Please help make their summer of arts education possible!

Please note, registration has now closed!
Unfortunately, we will not be selling tickets at the door for our Summer Soiree. If you have any questions, please contact Kate McOmber, 


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About Our Guest Speakers 
Benjamin Klein Summer Soiree 2017 Benjamin Endsley Klein was born in Charlotte, NC and studied at the University of Michigan. Director of Ann starring Tony Nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Before playing Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, the production played Chicago and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Selected credits as Director include Pump Boys & Dinettes and First Date at Pittsburgh CLO, Bend in the Road at New York Musical Theatre Festival (included in Huffington Post’s “The Best Shows of 2013”), the world premiere musical Hello Out There at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, the East Coast Premiere of Sick by Zayd Dohrn at New Jersey Repertory, Hairspray at Charlottetown Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne at the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. As Resident, Associate, or Assistant Director, credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse at Lincoln Center Theatre (Tony Award Best Play 2011), Love Never Dies in the West End, Hairspray in the West End (Olivier Award for Best Musical 2008), the UK tour of Hairspray, Lincoln Center Theater’s The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award Best Play 2007), and Broadway, 1st National US Tour, and Regional productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Awards include the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Mike Ockrent Fellowship by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the Paul Green Foundation Award by the National Theatre Conference.oined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal advocates to advance policies supportive of arts education through communications, field education and strategic partnerships.

Jeff Poulin_Soiree 2017 Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal advocates to advance policies supportive of arts education through communications, field education and strategic partnerships.

Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities. 

Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College of Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University. 

About the Governor's Residence

Built in 1909, the Governor's Residence was originally built for Hartford physician and industrialist George C.F. Williams by the Boston-based architectural firm Andrews, Jacques & Rantoul. Since then, the Georgian Revival style mansion has undergone several renovations by The Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, to preserve and restore its historic aesthetic. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

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