135 Main Street Putnam CT 06260     860-963-7170

The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre

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The Place to BE for Arts Education in CONNECTICUT!!!

 The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre was Established in 2005 by Nichola Johnson and in 2011, Julie Watt joined as Co-Director.  Nichola Johnson and Julie Watt bring a life-time love of the arts to The Complex Community.  Johnson and Watt both hold Masters of Fine Arts Degrees in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and are college professors in their respective arts field.  The mission of The Complex is to offer the highest level of arts education to the community, create an innovative hub for performance and education, open a space for students to grow and flourish through creative critical thinking and ignite a life-time love of the arts for all students.  The Complex is not only a place of excellence in technical arts education, it is a place where students evolve year after year; they learn the importance of collaboration, strong work-ethic, dedication and persistence, self-actualization, self-discipline, creative problem solving, and critical thought.  

Visit The Complex at our BEAUTIFUL LOCATION!

The Complex --- located at 135 Main Street in beautiful Downtown Putnam CT in a newly remodeled 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility.  The historic Cargil Bank Building houses three dance studios,  private music education rooms, theatre classroom/studio, student lounges, art studio, stage, parent waiting area, and  retail store.

What is the difference between Community Classes and The Conservatory Program?

Community classes are recreational in nature and for the student that isn't quite ready to delve into a full curriculum or simply likes to take one or two classes per week.  Students may study dance, theatre, music, and the visual arts at the community level. 

The Conservatory Program was developed for the serious student that wants to delve into the arts.  The program has class requirements and pre-requisites that must be met.  Students in this program are the heart-beat of The Complex.  They are members of our performance companies, have opportunities to perform many genres of the performing arts and in various venues, and engage in a comprehensive curriculum that not only readies them for a future in the arts, but fosters a strong work-ethic, dedication, collaboration, commitment, individual creative voice, self-actualization, and confidence.


*Classes for children, teens, and adults 

*Dance, theatre, music, and visual/creative arts education

*Youth Ballet Company, Teen Modern Dance Company, Professional Dance Company and a Student Theatre Company.

*Our faculty of highly trained and experienced artists/educators bring a world of knowledge and opportunities that are unique to only The Complex

*Students gain a mastery of technical training, while building self-confidence and awareness and learning their creative voice.  

*Students can choose to focus on one or many art genres and are encouraged to explore and experience all that interests them.

*Classes are available to ages 2.5 to adult and programs of study are available to allow students a comprehensive education in the arts.