Mahaney Center for the Arts

Mahaney Center for the Arts


The Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts serves as a hub of arts activity on campus. Opened in 1992 as the Middlebury College Center for the Arts, this visual and performing arts facility serves the College and the surrounding communities. Its primary purpose is to provide an environment for the creation of art, and to invite audiences to experience the work of local, national, and international artists.  The building was renamed in 2007, helping to usher in its 15th anniversary season.

Known on campus as the "MCA," the Mahaney Center for the Arts is home to the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the black-box style Seeler Studio Theatre, the dance theatre, and a stunning 370-seat recital hall. The academic year is filled with a variety of exciting performances and exhibitions, offering our college community a unique opportunity to participate in the arts.

In spring 2014, we welcomed back Rehearsals Cafe, with beverage service and light fare from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM Monday-Friday, plus some performance evenings, during the academic year.

The arts extend beyond the walls of the MCA as well, with film and media culture programs in Dana Auditorium and the Axinn Center, theatre productions in Wright Theatre and the Hepburn Zoo, studio art shows in Johnson, independent student exhibitions in the Center Gallery in McCullough, special events in Mead Chapel, and more.

Read more about the architecture of the Mahaney Center for the Arts here,

with a description by Director of the Arts Glenn Andres.

Find the MCA

on Route 30 South/Main Street, about 1/2 mile south of town. Our street address is:

72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

Find us on google maps here.


Look up our hours of operation here.


Looking for a member of our staff?

Check our profiles here.

Mahaney Center for the Arts Goes Green

In keeping with the College’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the Mahaney Center for the Arts (MCA) has made many changes to lessen the Arts’ resource footprint over the past several years.


 artscalcover0910All major Arts publications, including the Arts Calendar, the Arts at Middlebury Newsletter, Performing Arts Series programs, and posters are now printed on environmentally-friendly paper. The Mohawk Options paper is 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, process chlorine free, and manufactured with wind power. The environmental savings over the course of one year are impressive: over 72 trees, 30,000 gallons of wastewater, and 51,000,000 BTUs of energy.

We’re also tracking the distribution of our publications carefully, and making sure we only order what we’ll use. Rather than sending publications to everyone on campus, we now send paper publications only to those who have bought a ticket or otherwise expressed an interest in the arts. Many of our patrons have already made the switch to our electronic mailing list; our weekly email blast, “ArtsMail,” was redesigned in fall 2008 and now has over 4,500 subscribers. Would you like to join a mailing list or switch from paper to electronic? Send us an email here.



The MCA has always observed the College’s standard recycling policies. But in 2006, with help from an Environmental Council grant, we purchased special recycling cans (pictured) for each performance space, to encourage audience members to recycle their unwanted programs after the show. The cans’ design echoes the look of the recent Recyclemania campaign on campus, so they also help raise awareness of Middlebury’s commitment to environmental excellence.


Task lighting in several locations was refitted with compact fluorescent bulbs to save energy.In 2007, a new solar-powered light was installed on the eastern face of the MCA to light the exterior ARTS banner in the evenings. An Environmental Council Sustainability grant supported the solar light project.

Occupancy Sensors

In fall 2009, the MCA was awarded an environmental council grant to install occupancy sensors in practice rooms, restrooms, and corridors. A recent energy audit suggested that the sensors would pay for themselves and start saving energy expenses within two years.


Indoor Greenscape

In spring 2012, the MCA was awarded an environmental council grant to add more than a dozen indoor plants to the "greenscape" of the lobbies. These new plants help scrub the air, absorb carbon dioxide, and add to the natural beauty of our space. We chose low-maintenance varieties of plants to conserve resources.


Do Your Part

We're encouraging our patrons to help us "go green" by considering these strategies:
  • Carpool when attending arts events

  • Share a program with a friend, and recycle it after the event

  • Pick up your tickets at the box office, instead of having them mailed

  • Let us know if there are any problems with your mailing address, or if you’d prefer to be on our electronic mailing list instead.


Do you have ideas for other ways the Mahaney Center for the Arts can “go green”?

Contact Liza Sacheli at 802-443-3169 or



Arts Staff Advocates For Foreign National Visiting Artists

Allison Coyne Carroll (staff, MCFA) spends her free time advocating for simpler immigration and taxation policies for foreign national visiting artists. Allison attended Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in March 2009, and met with Senator Leahy (who is also Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations) to champion for improved visa processing, and ensure Middlebury can continue to present premiere performers from around the globe. (Picture here: )