Mercersburg Academy, Burgin Center for the Arts

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, USA

This new 65,000 square foot arts center features a 600-seat multipurpose theatre, a 120-seat studio theatre, dance studio, recital and choral rehearsal halls, support spaces, and an art studio. We designed the mainstage theatre as an intimate and versatile space to accommodate many performance types, as well as performing arts education and school ceremonies. Two balconies and side boxes wrap the audience around the stage—creating an intimate environment that benefits young actors and generates impactful performances. A demountable and scalable orchestra shell, adjustable proscenium, full fly tower, orchestra pit, stage lift, and adjustable acoustic curtains make the venue a highly versatile and creative  resource. The arts center is home to the academy’s drama club and dance, instrumental music, and choral program. 

Mercersburg Academy, Burgin Center for the Arts
Credit: David Kahn/Acoustic Dimensions
Credit: David Kahn/Acoustic Dimensions
Credit: David Kahn/Acoustic Dimensions
Owner

Mercersburg Academy

Architect

Polshek Partnership

Acoustician

Acoustic Dimensions

Users

Mercersburg Academy

Seat count

120, 600

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Educational, Flexible theatre, Multipurpose theatre

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2006

Venue website

mercersburg.edu

Credit: David Kahn/Acoustic Dimensions
Credit: David Kahn/Acoustic Dimensions
Mercersburg Academy, Burgin Center for the Arts
Credit: David Kahn/Acoustic Dimensions