Welcome to the fine and performing arts at Castleton University! As our wonderful institution has outgrown its name as a state college, so too have the arts at Castleton. Our programs and offerings are growing, thriving, and innovating, and we’re delighted to expand past the walls of our native home—the Fine Arts Center—and into new gallery and performance spaces throughout the region.
Specifically, we’re expanding our new collaboration with Rutland’s historic Paramount Theatre to include a number of events in the Castleton Essential Artists Series. Indeed, for the first time, you’ll be able to attend jointly produced performances at the Paramount with the knowledge that your support will benefit not only the Rutland economy, but also have a direct impact on our educational programs at the university. This unique partnership brings you renowned solo comic performer Robert Dubac’s “The Book of Moron” and “The Male Intellect,” legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns presenting his work live onstage in “The American Experience,” and the stunning work of the Paul Taylor II dance ensemble. While you’re in the area, be sure to stop in to our wonderful Castleton Downtown Gallery and see exhibitions from local and national artists as well as our own art students.
This year, we’re proud to offer an even more diverse group of professional touring artists through the Essential Artists Series. There’s truly something for everyone, including the virtuosity of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the mind-blowing and eye-deceiving theatrical alchemy of PUSH Physical Theatre, and the unearthed and rarely heard collaboration between Bob Dylan and member of The Band brought to life by Brooklyn’s Howard Fishman Quartet.
But that’s just the beginning of the fireworks! Also join us for numerous other performances from the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music, including the regional premieres of “August: Osage County” and “American Idiot” and the always scintillating Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium. Add to this even more concerts, dance performances, and theatrical productions and you can tell the arts at Castleton are truly ascendant.
Perhaps the only aspect of our arts programming more remarkable than the performances and exhibitions themselves is their affordability. Tickets that would cost upwards of $75 in other area venues will only set our patrons back $18 at the maximum, and most of our event admissions are even less. Moreover, you can purchase season tickets—these get you admission to over $450 of events for only $109 for adults and $89 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors. Stop by the Castleton Box Office in the Fine Arts Center or call (802) 468-1119 to reserve yours now!
Thanks so much for your support—welcome back if you’re a regular patron, and welcome aboard if you’re a new one. Now…let’s raise the curtain!
Director, Fine Arts Center