A Standing Ovation for our Newly Renovated Performing Arts Center

In September, Marvelwood will throw open the doors on our newly renovated Performing Arts Center!  The floor to ceiling renovation project completes a long-running capital plan to upgrade and improve the building at the heart of our performing arts programming. 

The performing arts have always been an integral part of the Marvelwood experience.  In our early days in Cornwall, "The Little Theatre” showcased many outstanding theatrical productions in its uniquely intimate setting on the second floor of a converted barn. When the School moved to our Skiff Mountain campus in Kent in 1995, the performing arts initially shared space with athletics in a 1960’s-style multi-use facility. In 2007, with the completion of the Anne Davidson Scott Athletic Center, the performing arts finally had its own space, and plans for the building’s renovations have been taking shape ever since. We are pleased to report that, at long last, the multi-use gym/theatre is being transformed into a fantastic space for the Marvelwood performing arts. 

Under the guidance of Stephen Forneris '86, plans for the renovation were developed by Perkins Eastman Architects, a highly-acclaimed international architecture firm. We are incredibly grateful to Stephen, a partner at Perkins Eastman and a member of Marvelwood’s Board of Trustees, for donating his and his associates’ time, expertise, and vision to this project. The renovation is underway and scheduled to be completed by the opening of school in September. The extensive project includes dynamic improvements to the inside of the building: reconfigured space, extensive painting, completely renovated bathrooms, flooring upgrades, electrical and wiring refurbishments, and modern lighting upgrades.  The façade of the Performing Arts Center will match the neighboring Athletic Center building.  Improvements to the Davidson Plaza, between the two buildings, will enhance an outdoor space which will be extremely useful as we look to move programming out-of-doors as much as possible for the fall term. 

After weathering a tumultuous spring term requiring an abrupt shift to distance learning in response to COVID-19, we look forward to welcoming our community back to Skiff Mountain in September. Reopening plans and preparations for a safe return to campus are well underway. Our excitement at having students back on campus is heightened by the promise of opening a beautifully refurbished Performing Arts Center!