Hubbard Hall is a community arts center, offering programs in theatre, dance, opera, music and the visual arts. They not only offer performances but classes in the various arts. The Opera House was built in 1878 when most small communities, including Bennington, had an opera house. It was home to traveling road shows, local concerts, chautauquas town meetings and all kinds of other community activities. It closed in 1920. However, in 1978, community members formed Hubbard Halls Projects, a non-profit organization and renovated the building. Since then they have acquired a complex of other buildings which allows them to offer many varied arts activities over the years.
Bob and I have been attending the Hubbard Hall Theatre for at least fifteen years. We got introduced to it when Kevin McGuire was its artistic director for over ten years. Then John Hadden took over and now David Snider is both the artistic director of the theatre company and executive director of Hubbard Hall. Over the years we have not only enjoyed the theatrical productions in terms of the range of plays they produce but the high quality of the productions. We have also had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin and John and other members of the company on Theatre Talk.
David Snider replaces Benji White who was executive director since 1978. Benji will be staying on as the building manager. David comes from the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His wife works is the Director of Communications at Bennington College. We have had several interviews with David. The latest was when he was discussing his production of The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee.
We also spoke with him when he first came to Hubbard Hall on June 9, 2014. Below is a link to that program where he talks about his plans.
Here is a link to Hubbard Hall interview,