About the Redfern Arts Center

The Arts Center is named in honor of Dr. Leo F. Redfern, Keene State College President from 1969 to 1979 for his vision, commitment, and eloquence on behalf of the arts that made funding and construction of the facility a reality. In 1981, KSC inaugurated this new performing arts center, with the goal of providing unforgettable artistic encounters for the campus and community. Now in its 40th year, the Redfern Arts Center has reaffirmed its mission and values.

As an academic center, we champion artistic practice as a catalyst for learning. Our cultural offerings complement the values and mission of Keene State College, with a dedication to creative placemaking in the Monadnock region. In an exciting professional environment, we nurture multidisciplinary engagement to prepare students as future artistic leaders. The Redfern provides pathways to build community, challenge stereotypes, champion equality, and celebrate our diverse society.

Mission

The Redfern Arts Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, artists, and the community to spark creative exchange that inspires culturally rich engagement with the performing arts.

From our multi-venue home at Keene State College, we:

  • Strengthen the student experience through diversified programming, artistic residencies, and creative scholarship that enriches the performing arts curriculum.
  • Produce, present, and support a range of performances and cultural offerings. Collaborate as active Keene State citizens to promote and facilitate access to the Redfern.

Values

  • Creative Exchange:

    We believe creativity is a critical component of a balanced and rich life.
    We know artistic engagement and creative exchange give rise to a balance of body, mind, and character that emphasizes mutual responsibility for community and shared lives.

  • Academic Engagement:

    We commit to the Keene State College Student Learning Outcomes.
    We value and support the performing arts curriculum to cultivate an artistic lens that brings our ever-changing world into focus.

  • Collaboration:

    We believe in the power of working together.
    We see collaboration as a conduit to creativity in fostering respectful interaction, responsibility, commitment to inclusion, deep listening, and appreciation of diversity in all forms.

  • Public-Spiritedness:

    We are steadfast in the belief that the arts serve communities.
    We maintain the arts as an essential part of the health and well-being of all communities in their ability to champion human dignity, celebrate life’s wonders, and provide a roadmap to a hopeful future.

  • Accountability:

    We believe in transparency, resource sharing, and fiscal responsibility as integral to innovation and community building.
    We commit to the students, faculty, staff, and community to demonstrate leadership in our role of creative placemaking in the Monadnock region.

Theatre Overview & Technical Information

Contact

Cynthia McLaughlin
Executive Artistic Director, Theatre & Dance
cmclaughlin@keene.edu
603-358-2198

Sandra Howard
Interim Executive Artistic Director, Music
showard1@keene.edu
603-358-2344

Jeremy Robarge
Theatre Operations Manager
jrobarge@keene.edu
603-358-2126

Alex Trombly
Technical Director
alex.trombly@keene.edu
603-358-2174

Callie Carmosino
Audience Services Manager
callie.carmosino@keene.edu
603-358-2175

Lara Shields
Website Administration
lshields@keene.edu

Rentals

Redfern Arts Center facilities and services may be rented by public/tax supported organizations, non-profit organizations, as well as private organizations and individuals. Several community groups have been presenting annual performances on the Redfern stages for many years including the New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI) which has performed its Event of the Year in the Main Theatre every Memorial Day weekend since 1987. Other community groups that have recently used the Redfern theatres include Children’s Stage Adventures, MoCo Arts, Monandnock Academy of Movement Arts, Monadnock Waldorf School, and Peterborough Dance Theatre.

Most spaces in the building are available to rent including three theatres, dressing and green rooms, and classrooms. Rental agreements can include the expertise of the Redfern staff in lighting, sound, and stage technology, front of house and ushering needs, and sale of tickets.

Scheduling space is completed in accordance with the Redfern and Keene State College rental policies, and must not conflict with the Redfern’s performance and academic schedule or college-sponsored programs. Facility rental and personnel costs will be charged according to the Keene State College fee schedule. Organizations will be charged for services and/or equipment as applicable.

For more information about the Redfern’s facilities please refer to the Technical Information section above. If you would like more information about renting space at the Redfern Arts Center, please contact Jeremy Robarge, Theatre Operations Manager, 603-358-2126.