Trinity Alumnus Erik Bloomquist ’14 Writes, Directs, and Stars in New TV Drama Series

‘The Cobblestone Corridor’ Premieres Sunday, October 16, on CPTV; Special Screening in Vernon Social

​Hartford, Connecticut, October 14, 2016 – Connecticut filmmaker and Trinity College alumnus Erik Bloomquist ’14 is the writer and director of the new Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) drama series, The Cobblestone Corridor, in which he is also one of the lead actors. The five-episode series, which premieres on Sunday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. on CPTV, is based on Bloomquist’s 2015 short film of the same name. The Trinity community is invited to a special screening of the premiere episode at Vernon Social at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.


The Cobblestone Corridor premieres on Sunday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. on CPTV. The Trinity community is invited to a special screening at Vernon Social at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
In The Cobblestone Corridor, a classic film noir cityscape takes the form of Alfred Pierce Preparatory School – a posh New England boarding school. There, a group of intelligent and diverse student newspaper staffers investigate the institution’s most exciting and forbidden mysteries. The series was filmed at the University of Connecticut’s School of Law in Hartford and the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. The setting, Bloomquist has said, was inspired in part by the atmospheric architecture of Trinity.

This is the first original drama series for both CPTV and Bloomquist himself. Bloomquist, who graduated from Trinity with a B.A. in theatre and dance, credits Trinity with helping him become the person he is today. He has been committed to a career in the arts ever since he was young, was heavily involved with theater while studying at Trinity, and returned to campus in March 2015 to direct Carrie: The Musical. “My education at Trinity helped me be as well-rounded of a person as possible. I’m wearing a lot of hats on this show, so being able to bounce back and forth and communicate with people from different backgrounds and facilitate their needs was paramount,” Bloomquist said. “Having a liberal arts background allowed me to approach all of this as an artist, a technician, and a critical thinker.”

Erik Bloomquist '14
​Erik Bloomquist ’14
Last fall, Bloomquist released the short film Ghost Tour and co-starred with Kevin Bacon in the world premiere of Rear Window at Hartford Stage. Bloomquist and his production company, Mainframe Pictures, are also working on the feature film, Founder’s Day.

The Cobblestone Corridor is designed to appeal to a broad range of viewers, including teens and young adults, Bloomquist said. Much of the action in the show reflects a struggle between the old and the new, the familiar and the more contemporary. The characters debate the values of traditional journalism versus the more modern journalism of the school’s newspaper. While the students deal with the daily school dramas like prom dates, rumors, homework, and pranks, the film noir technique allows for day-to-day concerns to become a matter of life and death. Bloomquist said, “By design, this show – by way of both its tongue-in-cheek humor and high drama – is meant to demonstrate that old and new are not mutually exclusive, providing a common ground for hopefully all viewers to think, enjoy, and discuss.”

Bloomquist and the whole cast and crew eagerly anticipate what the future holds for The Cobblestone Corridor. “We’re very hopeful that it will expand nationally and open the doors for a second season,” Bloomquist said.

For more information about The Cobblestone Corridor, visit www.cobblestonecorridor.org.

Written by Catie Currie ’17