HARTFORD – Ben Vereen, a Tony and Emmy award-winning actor and dancer will visit the CREC Arts Academy on March 6 to teach master classes to the school’s performing arts, dance, and film students.
Vereen will visit the Theater of the Performing Arts at the Arts Academy to complete a workshop and filming session with students from the Academy between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
This is a unique and extraordinary opportunity for students of Hartford’s premier art school to work with an accomplished and versatile performer and artist. Vereen’s work has been said to, “transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy.”
Vereen grew up in Brooklyn and attended New York’s High School of the Performing Arts. On Broadway, he found success in the musicals of Bob Fosse, including Sweet Charity and Pippin, for which Vereen won a Tony Award in 1972. Vereen also appeared in the epic 1977 TV miniseries, Roots. In 2011, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
“The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard work and values that will stay with me a lifetime” Vereen has said in a previous interview. “The stage sharpens the creative instrument and encourages you to go deeper inside and try new things.”
The event is made possible by a generous sponsor who covered the cost of the event as a gift to the school and its students.