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The History of Connecticut Children’s Theatre


Connecticut Children’s Theatre (CCT) was founded in 1991 by Tony nominated (Best Musical) and Grammy nominated (Best Spoken Word for Children) producer and director Jerry Goehring and acclaimed performer/writer Patty Carver as a way to introduce inner-city children to professional live theatre performances. Initial programming was created in association with major performing arts centers in the tri-State area. This interactive collaboration was specifically focused for educators and school systems in the at-risk communities of central New Jersey, Connecticut and the New York City boroughs.


Since 1991, CCT, and its New York-based artists, have created 54 new musicals, seen by over one million children, each with educator-supported study guides for complete curriculum integration. CCT currently produces several national tours each year, performs in hundreds of schools with its "In-School" programming, operates important community outreach activities, offers summer camps for children taught by industry professionals and is the In-Residence professional theatre company in the 776-seat Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. While In-Residence, CCT works hand-in-Hand with students from the Theatre Arts Program at Sacred Heart University to create new works for children.

Our Mission


Connecticut Children's Theatre exists to create theatre experiences that inform, challenge and inspire the children and families of Connecticut and beyond.


Our Vision


Connecticut Children’s Theatre strives to lead in the creation of new work for young people and families. Leading the way with theatre training for children and producing initiatives that use theatre as a foundation in education and community development. Connecticut Children’s Theatre seeks to create a community presence where theatre is the focal point, out of which emerge programs that celebrate diverse cultures, art forms and ideas. CCT uses the power of theatre to question accepted notions, touch hearts and open discussions.

Connecticut Children's Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, so your gifts are generally tax-deductible. Connecticut Children's Theatre acknowledges all donations with a receipt for your tax records. In appreciation of your gift, Connecticut Children's Theatre also offers various opportunities to access events and other exclusive privileges which will allow supporters to observe children's theatrical programs in action. It's always great to see your donation dollars hard at work to enhance your giving experience!

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