• Visual Arts
  • Drawing and painting studio
  • Ceramics studio
  • Graphic design classroom
  • Photography studio with two darkrooms

Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center

The Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center opened on Monday January 6, 2020.

The new 32,000-square-foot center is one of the largest facilities on our campus and showcases our Visual and Performing Arts programs. The project also replaced a parking lot with new, pedestrian-friendly green space between the new building and the dining hall and moves parking and daily traffic away from the campus core. This building represented the first step of our comprehensive, long-range Campus Master Plan.

The building includes:

  • A state-of-the-art, 415-seat, performing arts theater where the entire school gathers for meetings and events
  • Community and event space for multiple uses
  • Classrooms and collaborative spaces
  • Studios for drawing and painting, ceramics and graphic arts
  • Darkroom and photography studio
  • Gallery spaces to regularly display student work and permanent collections
  • Choral and instrumental practice spaces, including a drum room
  • A technical shop for building and assembling sets

In my opinion, this is a game changer for FGS students and for generations to follow. It will provide this wonderful school with the facilities to deliver a distinguished, diversified and unique curriculum. The performing arts program at The Frederick Gunn School is currently thriving and soon it will have a venue to match its caliber and advance it to its greatest potential. This is truly a dream come true!

Thomas S. perakos '69

I have always thought that the addition of a comprehensive arts center, including performing and fine arts, makes an educational institution complete and whole. Art raises the quality of our lives. I am pleased to be part of all of this, an initiative that will bring many opportunities to students of The Frederick Gunn School for many years to come.

Richard C. Colton Jr., '60

Arts News

The Magic of Winter poster

The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present its annual holiday concert, “The Magic of Winter,” on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. The concert will feature performances by String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Band and special guests.

Yale Whiffenpoofs 2021

The Frederick Gunn School welcomed the Yale Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, for a special performance in the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center on December 7. Following the concert, students in Vocal Ensemble and String Ensemble were invited to join the Whiffenpoofs for a master class, and took a turn performing for the Whiffs one song from the school’s upcoming holiday concert. 

“Hermosa,” by Anna Gleason ’23

On Sunday, ASAP! will host its 11th annual Celebration of Young Photographers in Washington Depot with an exhibit that includes six original photographs by five students from The Frederick Gunn School. Oliver Chen ’22, Winifred Ezenwata ’22, ​​Anna Gleason ’23, Clari Leonard ’22 and Sarah Zhang ’24 were among the finalists selected this year by a panel of professional photographers through a blind judging process.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program is excited to present the Connecticut Premiere of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” adapted by Dwayne Hartford based on the book by Kate DiCamillo, and directed by Kent Burnham, Director of Theatre Arts. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on November 11-12 in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. The play will also be available on Saturday at 7 p.m. via livestream for those unable to attend in person.

Cleve Gray Exhibit

When parents visit campus on Parents Weekend, they will have an opportunity to view three paintings by American Abstract Expressionist painter Cleve Gray in the Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery, dedicated in honor of Wallace H. Rowe III H'57 P'77 '79. The paintings were acquired through the Cleve Gray Foundation and the school’s Visual Arts Advisory Council. Its purpose is to guide the school in its acquisition of works of art to ensure a positive outcome for the school, the potential donor or lender, and the work intended for donation or loan.

Poster for "Almost, Maine"

This past weekend The Frederick Gunn School Drama Society brought home three Halo Awards for this spring’s production of “Almost, Maine,” a romantic comedy written by John Cariani. The awards, which honor high school students’ achievements in all aspects of theatre, were presented by Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury via YouTube on July 10. The cast and crew of “Almost, Maine,” earned a total of seven nominations. Congratulations to our 2021 Halo Award winners!

Drew and  Audrey in "Almost, Maine"

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Almost, Maine,” who garnered a total of seven Halo Award nominations. Presented annually, the Halo Awards celebrate the best in Connecticut high school theater. This year’s Halo Awards will be presented virtually on Saturday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and may be reserved online through Seven Angels Theatre. You must register in advance to view the online awards presentation.