Mortensen Hall celebrated with fanfare and gratitude

On September 12, 2013, the Mason Gross School of the Arts unveiled its first new building in nearly two decades—Robert E. Mortensen Hall, a glass-enclosed, nearly 24,000-square-foot facility within the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center on Douglass Campus. The building rises above Ryders Lane and Route 18 and serves the conservatory’s Music, Dance, and Theater departments, providing additional rehearsal and performance spaces.

Mason Gross theater alum Kevin Goetz, the CEO of entertainment-industry market-research firm Screen Engine returned to campus to host the opening celebration. The building dedication attracted hundreds of guests who enjoyed tours, keynote speakers including Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi, and performances by the Rutgers Brass Ensemble, Rutgers University Glee Club, Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, and the Rutgers University Marching Band.

"We are celebrating a legacy--a legacy of giving back, a legacy of gratitude," Danielle Blakeman, a senior BFA acting student, said in her remarks to the crowd. "We will be forever grateful to the donors who give back to our Mason Gross family."

Read more about this special event and see additional photos from the Star-Ledger.

Posted September 2013.