About The Hop

The Hopkins Center's mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for the arts within Dartmouth and its greater community and provide the core educational environment for the study, creation and presentation of the arts.

The Hop is a hub of performing arts and film for Dartmouth and its region, a laboratory for creative exploration, and an instigator of connections between various arts, the Dartmouth curriculum and the wider community. The Hop brings together visiting artists, resident artists, student ensembles and academic departments to produce or present work that represents diverse voices and artistic forms and speaks to important issues. It brings world-class artists to the region, presents timeless works, and incubates new performances.

Experiential Education
The Hop is a leader in experiential education at Dartmouth College, with over 4,000 students experiencing performances through academic courses and more than 200 students performing annually in Hop Ensembles or Department of Theater productions. The Student Workshops allow students of all skill levels to discover the joy of hands-on creation, learn from professional artists, and hone their craft in woodworking, jewelry design and ceramics.

The Arts District
Situated on the Green of Dartmouth College, the Hop serves as a central cultural and social resource for students and faculty, with practice rooms, creation spaces, food and social spaces like the Top of the Hop. It connects to the newly renovated Hood Museum of Arts and sits beside the Black Family Visual Arts Center, home to the Hop's film program and the Loew Auditorium.

Leadership Development
The Hop aims to give every Dartmouth student a meaningful artistic experience during that student's education. It celebrates student investment in the arts and runs the Hop Fellows Program, a year-long program to develop career paths in the arts.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts acknowledges that its buildings are situated upon the ancestral and unceded lands of the Abenaki people.

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2023/24 Season

What makes a moment? There are certain times that stick with us. Events that define us as individuals, as communities, as society. These moments can ground us like roots, restrain us, or push us to burst forth into new futures. 

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Eight dynamic performing groups provide Dartmouth students the chance to work with outstanding professionals as directors and guest artists.

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Music Department

Department of Music

The department offers a range of opportunities for students to practice and perform music, from chamber groups to contemporary music ensembles.

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Theater Department

Department of Theater

The department enables students to see and participate in high-quality, cutting-edge theater, both student-led and directed by distinguished professionals.

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On the Hop

“We take seriously the responsibility of being a ‘base camp to the world,’ offering a window onto cultures and perspectives from around the globe. We want to create not just a series of great experiences, but experiences that build on one another and share common themes.” Hopkins Center Director Mary Lou Aleskie

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Live events presented annually in virtually all genres of music, theater and dance


Film screenings a year


World premieres in the past 10 years