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TheaterWorks announces Renovation Kick-off

Rob Ruggiero, TheaterWorks Producing Artistic Director announced today that a $5.7 million renovation of the theater’s historic home at 233 Pearl Street will begin immediately. TheaterWorks previously announced that the theater had received 2 Urban Act Grants in the amount of $2.7 million as grants-in-aid to assist with the renovations and improvements to City Arts on Pearl. Funding will be used to support extensive renovations to the historic 1927 building, which include replacement of the HVAC system, electrical and fire protection systems upgrades, elevator upgrades, and various renovations to the theater. 
Rob said “This project would not have been possible without the generous support of the state, our patrons and TheaterWorks’ Board of Directors. The Board’s dedication and commitment, in particular, have been essential during the initial fundraising phase and in establishing the scope of the project. Their courage in support of this vision is remarkable. This is an exciting and challenging time for us. ”
The renovations are expected to be completed by early September. In the interim, the theater has taken up temporary residence at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Rob added “We are grateful to Tom (Tom Loughman, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art) and all the staff at the Wadsworth for their warm and generous welcome.”  TheaterWorks commitment to downtown drove the decision to collaborate with the Atheneum. In the early planning stages, it became clear that a move beyond the walk-able downtown district would have significant economic impacts to many local businesses.
Board President Gerry Lupacchino added, “These renovations are essential to the theater’s future, both artistically and operationally. The Board is committed to ensuring that TheaterWorks continues to play a vital role in Hartford's economy.”
Rob with the support of the Board will lead the building wide renovations designed to address health, energy efficiency and safety issues as well as improve the patron experience and the artistic product. The project is being designed and built by the SLAM Collaborative of Glastonbury CT. SLAM President Bob Pulito, a long standing member of TheaterWorks' Board, is leading the team. To date, the theater has secured $4.3 million in support and is actively working to raise an additional $1.4 million to complete the financing of the renovation.

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Board Members with affiliations include:

Michael G. Albano                       MacDermid, Reynolds & Glissman, LLC
Stacy Brusa                                 Hartford Steam Boiler 
Jennifer DiBella                           Cranmore, FitzGerald & Meaney
Jack Ellovich                               Jack Ellovich CPA LLC  
Jocelyn Fenyn                             WTNH News 8
Grace Figueredo                         Retired / Aetna
Evan H. Johnson                         ESPN
Lee G. Kuckro                             Retired / Advest
Supriya Laknidhi                          Aetna
Gerry Lupacchino                        Hartford Healthcare
Michael Martone                         Office of the Attorney General
Daniel O’Connell                         The Hartford
Dina Plapler                                 Kingswood Oxford School
Roberta Prescott                         The Prescott Group        
Robert Pulito                               The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Dennis Russo                              Wondriska Russo
Lawrence Samplatsky                 Retired / Lincoln Financial Group
Tara N. Spain                               Travelers
TheaterWorks 18-19 Season Continues.
the Wadsworth Residency
March 22 - April 28
May 23 - June 23
August 1- September 1


TheaterWorks is a cultural mainstay in downtown Hartford and has produced over 150 plays over 33 seasons. The theater has owned City Arts on Pearl since 1991 and has invested thousands of dollars each year to maintain the building as a home for the theater company and a resource to other non-profits. City Arts is a community resource and draws thousands of visitors to Hartford from nearly every city and town in Connecticut and from the surrounding states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York.

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