Burgin Center for the Arts


The home of arts at Mercersburg Academy

Here at Mercersburg, the arts are a vital component of a student’s academic and co-curricular education. Students involved in the arts develop new confidence and discover fundamental truths about who they are and where they might go in life. Our faculty of working artists provides a strong base, and guest artists visit campus throughout the year providing new perspectives and unique skills. 

A major campus landmark, the Burgin Center for the Arts opened the doors of its 65,500-square-foot facility in 2006. The building houses the 600-seat Simon Theatre and the black-box Hale Studio Theatre (with seating for up to 110), as well as spacious and well-equipped art and dance studios, rehearsal and practice spaces, and classrooms.



Arts are a rich part of Mercersburg’s history. Current students continue the tradition of alumni by participating in a variety of performances and exhibitions. From choral and instrumental ensembles to dance, theatre, and gallery shows, the work of student artists is consistently a highlight of the school calendar.

Mercersburg’s art department co-sponsors Blue Review, the school’s national award-winning student literary-arts journal, and the Burgin Center is home to The Mercersburg News and the Karux (yearbook). Read more about the arts co-curriculars. 


Our arts faculty have years of professional and academic experience.