Burgin Center for the Arts

We value the arts—and it shows. The Burgin Center for the Arts, the home of our music, dance, theatre, and studio arts programs, is a dazzling facility devoted to the creation of art and to the spirit of the community. It’s a place where Mercersburg students, faculty, and community members gather for guest lectures, school concerts, and visiting performers.

The Burgin Center for the Arts, which opened in 2006, is a remarkable facility devoted to the creation of art in all its forms.

Housed within this 65,500-square-foot building are all the facilities needed to support a dynamic creative life:
  • a 600-seat theatre
  • a 120-seat studio theatre
  • two recital and chorale halls
  • theatre support spaces
  • digital art lab and digital music lab
  • two dance studios
  • four art studios, including drawing studio, a painting studio, a sculpture studio and a ceramics studio
  • an acting studio and a general arts classroom
  • practice rooms and faculty offices
Equally impressive is the center’s exterior. Built into the side of a hill on the Academy’s main quadrangle, the facility incorporates natural materials such as wood and Pennsylvania limestone to complement Mercersburg’s surrounding architecture as well as its natural landscape. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall around the main lobby blurs the distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces.

The arts center is named for Barbara and Walter Burgin ’53, who was Mercersburg’s headmaster from 1972 to 1997. The facility was designed by the Polshek Partnership, a national firm with extensive experience in the arts.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236