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Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is the major center of theatre and the arts at Fairfield University located in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Center includes events such as popular and classical music, dance, theatre, and programs for young audiences. Westport Magazine recognized the Quick Center as the "cultural epicenter of Fairfield County."[1]

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
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AddressFairfield, Connecticut
OwnerFairfield University
TypeIndoor theatre

The Quick Center was constructed and dedicated in 1990 with the generous support and leadership of Fairfield University benefactor, Leslie C. Quick Jr. and was named for his beloved wife, Regina. Mr. Quick was a member of the Fairfield University Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board from 1982 through 1995 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 1999.



  • Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Theatre (Capacity: 740 seats)
  • Lawrence A. Wien Experimental (Black Box) Theatre (Capacity: 150 seats)
  • Thomas J. Walsh, Jr. Art Gallery

Gerard Manley Hopkins AwardEdit

Fairfield University and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts established the Gerard Manley Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1990. Hopkins was a Jesuit priest, but he was also one of the most important innovators in the history of English poetry. The Award recognizes artists who exhibit a spirit of innovation and new artistic ideas. The University and Quick Center have recognized several artists over the years, among them actor Jason Robards, Jr., composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, painter Paul Cadmus, ballerina Gelsey Kirkland, and painter Robert Vickrey.

Open VISIONS ForumEdit

The Quick Center for the Art is home to the Open VISIONS Forum, a public outreach program of the University College engaging the 'life of the mind' with the Connecticut community. Its Mission is to integrate the academic perspective of the University's students and faculty with the wide general interests of our regional audience. Through an ongoing series of lively and informative lectures, these 'public conversations' present eminent opinion-makers, artists, authors, learned contributors to the humanities and sciences and civic and political commentators to engage the audience with topical issues facing a global and national agenda.[2]

The 2007-2008 season is highlighted by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough and prize-winning NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.[3] Past guest speakers have included former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; Forbes CEO and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke; United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim; and former hostage and author Terry Waite; and Emmy-winning broadcast journalist Bill O'Reilly.

Notable performancesEdit

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterEdit

The Quick Center for the Arts has been an annual tour destination since 2002 for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,[citation needed] "the nation's premier repertory company for chamber music."[4] The ensemble tours nationally and internationally and in keeping with its mandate to reach a broad audience, CMSLC presents a three-part concert series at the Quick Center for the Arts.

Live Music ProjectEdit

The Live Music Project, a conductorless orchestra, has been resident at the Quick Center since 2004.[5][6][7] Founded by violinist Netta Hadari and composer Daniel Smith, the Live Music Project performs classical and modern works in a casual atmosphere.

Mendelssohn Choir of ConnecticutEdit

The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut is now the resident choir of the Quick Center for the Arts. The Mendelssohn Choir was formed in 1984 by members of the Fairfield University Chamber Singers, who, upon their graduation, wished to continue a musical association under the baton of Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell.[8]


  1. ^ Intellectual Hot House - Westport Magazine December 2005 - Westport Connecticut
  2. ^ Fairfield University: Open VISIONS Forum
  3. ^ Nine national notables tapped for Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum 2007-08 Season
  4. ^ "History". The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  5. ^ Robinson, Dale (2004-02-29). "Classical cool, and no conductor". Journal Register Company. Archived from the original on 2006-05-21. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  6. ^ "The Live Music Project debuts at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts". Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts (Press release). Fairfield University. 2004-01-29. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  7. ^ "Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts presents Live Music Project's "Jewish Themes" February 2". Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts (Press release). Fairfield University. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  8. ^ The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut - About MCC

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