The arts free us from certainty and help develop a tolerance for coping with life’s ambiguities. Leonardo da Vinci once described the arts by categorizing people into three classes: those who see, those who see when they are shown, and those who do not see. Arts education therefore helps teach us to see. Suffield has a long and proud tradition in the performing arts and theater. Legendary faculty members, including Joe Connors and Gordy Glover, directed performances in the former theater barn behind Gay Mansion and played leading roles in the construction of the Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center 30 years ago. The foundation built by many Suffield alumni and faculty members helped lay the groundwork for today’s thriving programs.
The Violich Photography space is home to a state of the art dark room and studio.
The Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center is the site of Suffield’s theater which is used extensively for dramatic and musical productions, dance performances, guitar shows, and other meetings and performances throughout the year. This 8,400 square foot theater has sophisticated lighting and sound systems.
The Williams Performing Arts Studio is home of Suffield’s dance program and also has a professional recording studio.
The Guttag Music Center houses eight acoustically engineered spaces for private study and music lessons. The Guttag Center also has offices for Suffield’s performing arts teachers. Private Music Rooms are acoustically engineered spaces for independent practice and private study.