Red Barn Reimagined

Red Barn Reimagined: Flexible Spaces for theater, student activities, study, community use and outdoor events!

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Project Update

Thanks to your generous support, the Red Barn will be opening in fall 2018! We are expecting to showcase the Red Barn to all members of the Mitchell community with the start of the new semester. Student groups, such as the Mitchell College Select Chorus and the Mitchell College Players, will have opportunities to perform in the space, as will Flock Theatre, New London’s innovative theatre troupe and the College’s resident theatre company. Donations toward the Red Barn ReImagined Initiative are still welcome – contact if you are interested in joining over 300 alumni, parents, and friends of the College in supporting this exciting project.

View construction progress here.

Rental requests for the new Red Barn will be accepted beginning Fall 2018.

Project Overview

When the architects of the Campus Master Plan suggested a new use for the barn, community sentiment, particularly from students, was that the rebuilding the barn had to be the first project. The expansive barn and the simplicity of its structure offer a place that is flexible and fun. Spaces of different sizes can expand to the outdoors and accommodate catering by our outstanding dining services. A space designed to draw people together aligns with the College’s core mission for its students and its role in building community in New London.

Mitchell College very intentionally creates opportunities for students to grow and discover potential they may not have seen in themselves. A rich college experience that integrates academics, career development and extracurricular activities is the key to that growth. The Red Barn creates space to make that happen.

A few examples…

Mitchell College Players
The Red Barn, transformed into a black box theater, will house our thriving drama program. Students, who came into Mitchell shy, have found their voice through musicals and plays or joined the crew backstage to create the magic. Community members join in or attend productions. The Flock Theatre, a community partner in Integrative Career Development, involves Mitchell students in their productions and brings productions to campus from their repertoire of Shakespeare, plays, and festivals. Flock directors and actors instruct in Mitchell courses.

College and Community Events
Events held in the rustic charm of the Red Barn bring together the College community and provide real-world experience for our students. Hospitality and Tourism students learn hands-on as they practice event planning, reception, and food service skills. Behavioral Science students host a self-esteem workshop. Early Childhood Education majors have space to study movement with area students.


On October 27, 2017 over 150 donors, friends, students, faculty and staff joined us for the Red Barn Groundbreaking Ceremony. We are excited to begin the construction phase of this project.

Photo Gallery: Scroll down to view photos of the event

View Groundbreaking Ceremony Program


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You will find people really want you to succeed here and pull you in to get involved.

Anthony Mastria, Early Childhood, Class of 2017




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