Visual and Performing Arts

Mercy Hall & The S. Lisa D. Gambacorto Theater

Mercy Hall

For over 111 years, Mount Saint Mary Academy has served its mission to provide a challenging, educational environment, focused on the entire person. The study and appreciation of the arts has been a cornerstone of Mount Saint Mary Academy tradition and culture. The Mercy Hall auditorium holds decades of treasured memories, reminiscent of student performances and convocations, Mount parent events, alumnae events, and Sisters of Mercy gatherings. Over time the heavily utilized space needed refurbishment. To preserve one of the most beloved areas of campus, a transformative capital renovation project was included in the Academy’s strategic plan.

The 2018-2019 academic year began with a million-dollar gift that launched an 18-month effort to renovate Mercy Hall. The Mount community rallied and raised the additional funds needed. Construction began in May of 2019 and was completed in November that same year. Charitable gifts made it possible to complete this undertaking “debt-free,” a blessing that truly honors all the women of Mercy who worked tirelessly for more than a century, to maintain the campus infrastructure.

The result is a beautiful metamorphosis -- a multi-purpose space which includes high-end features such as retractable theater seating, completely modernized dressing rooms, updated technology, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Not only will this impressive space attract new students with an interest in the arts, thereby contributing to the Mount’s long-term sustainability, and it will also allow generations of future students to explore the full potential of their talents, increase their confidence, and build creativity and self-expression – continuing in the Mercy tradition. A “Wall of Honor” pays tribute to and recognizes donors to the capital campaign. Theater seats bear the names and sentiments of alumnae, their parents, and friends of the Academy.

S. Lisa D. Gambacorto Theater

The Sisters of Mercy and Mount Saint Mary Academy have announced the naming of the theater in the newly renovated Mercy Hall:  The Sister Lisa Gambacorto Theater.
Sister Lisa Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S, has served as the Directress of Mount Saint Mary Academy for twenty years, making her the longest serving Directress in the Academy's 112-year history.  Prior to being named Directress in 2000, Sister Lisa served the Academy as a Faculty Member, a Department Chair, a Campus Minister, and as the Student Assistance Counselor.
The ninth Directress of Mount Saint Mary Academy, Sister Lisa serves as both President and Principal.
Sister Lisa worked for seven years as a marriage and family therapist, several of those as the Clinical Director of Bloomfield Counseling Center.  She holds numerous advanced degrees in counseling, psychology, students services, marriage and family therapy, and education.
In 2016, Sister Lisa was named by Pope Francis as a recipient of the Pro Eccleseia et Pontifice award, the highest Papal honor awarded by the Pope to laity and clergy for distinguished service to the Church.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Sister Lisa spearheaded the renovation of Mercy Hall, creating a new state-of-the-art theater, retractable seating, and a fully equipped multi-purpose room for use by the Mount community.
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