Trinity Makes Its Mark on Hartford Theater Scene

Alumni, Faculty Have an Emerging Presence at Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage

Hartford, CT, November 3, 2014 – Readers of The Trinity Reporter are familiar with Trinity’s footprint in the film industry: top agents, actors, and an Oscar-nominated producer are among Trinity’s alumni in Hollywood. What some may not know is that Trinity is also well-represented in the growing and decorated Hartford professional theater community. Alumni and faculty members have been among those playing roles—both onstage and behind the scenes—at the Tony Award-winning theater Hartford Stage.

Erik C. Bloomquist '14 as Player Poisoner in Hamlet at Hartford Stage.
Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Currently playing at Hartford Stage is William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, featuring Erik Bloomquist ’14 as Cornelius, among other roles. No stranger to Hartford audiences, Bloomquist spent his Trinity years both appearing onstage and directing plays and musicals at the College. He credits his experience at Trinity for his success in professional theater.

“The training and insight that I received from my professors has helped me to continue to grow into a thinking actor with an appreciation of all facets of theatre,” he said, “—everything from being an academic with the ability to analyze intricately woven artistic concepts; to being a technician of body and voice; to being a reliable, punctual, and professional member of a company.”

Previously, opening this season at Hartford Stage was the east coast premiere of Ether Dome, a play set largely in Hartford and written by Trinity alumna Elizabeth Egloff ’75. Egloff was commissioned by Hartford Stage to write the play, which documents Hartford dentist Horace Welles’ discovery of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic. The cast, many of whom are now reprising their roles at Boston’s Huntington Theater Company, also included Bloomquist in its ensemble.

“Working in two back-to-back shows at Hartford Stage has been a rare and incredible experience, especially right out of college,” said Bloomquist. “Having the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with amazing industry veterans at one of the most respected regional theaters in the country is an amazing gift.”

It’s not just Trinity alumni getting in on the action. Just last season at Hartford Stage, Trinity’s Michael Preston, associate professor of theater and dance, appeared in A Christmas Carol as Mr. Marvel. He also played Egeus/Peter Quince in Hartford Stage and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s joint production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bushnell. Preston and his wife, Barbara Karger, associate professor of theater and dance, also co-directed Hartford Stage’s 2011 production of Fräulein Maria, a dance theater re-imagination of The Sound of Music that Preston also performed in. 

Later this year, Preston will appear in A Christmas Carol for the fourth time. Theatergoers still have time to see Bloomquist in Hamlet, which runs through November 16. More information is available from Hartford Stage. Discounted tickets are available for Trinity students, faculty, and staff with a Trinity ID from the Hartford Stage box office