Center for the Arts
In the fall of 2008, Thayer Academy opened the doors to the new Center for the Arts.
"This was a much anticipated step forward for the school and has resulted in a facility that can accommodate the vibrant arts program that has existed here for years," says Headmaster Ted Koskores. The Center for the Arts was in the works for more than two years, with construction beginning in May of 2007. It includes the Hale Theater, a 540-seat auditorium, that replaced Frothingham Hall as a student meeting place, performance stage, and venue for larger community gatherings.
It added rehearsal space for Thayer’s growing dance and choral music programs and, for the first time, provided performance space that matches the quality of work being done by students in drama, dance, chorus, and instrumental music.
The Center also allows students to participate in set design and construction, as it includes a workshop dedicated to set building. Completion of the new building allowed Frothingham Hall to be converted into a home for an expanded visual arts program.
The facility also serves as a cultural center for Braintree and the South Shore, providing a performance venue that will bring a wide range of artists and cultural events to Thayer’s campus.