An Important Message

Dear Friends of the Kate,

In response to the Governor of Connecticut’s executive order, and out of an abundance of caution for our patrons, artists, and volunteers, the Kate is making the difficult decision to postpone performances through April 30, 2020.

We are diligently working with artists and agents to try to reschedule the 43 performances slated between now and April 30th.   As you might imagine, these are unprecedented times with new information coming forth every hour.  We ask for your patience and understanding in the coming days as we work through this process.

Here is our course of action:

  • Most immediately, we are working to reschedule those performances slated through March 31st.
  • Following, we will work to reschedule the remaining April performances scheduled through April 30th.
  • As new scheduled dates become available, the Box Office will reach out to you.

In the meantime, please retain your original tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled date.  For those unable to attend the rescheduled date, ticket exchange options will be available.

We again ask for your patience while we work to bring these wonderful performances to our community.  On behalf of the board of trustees and staff, we appreciate your patronage of the Kate, and are grateful for your continued support especially in this challenging time.


Brett Elliott

Executive Director



The Kate turned 10 in September and we thank you for being a part of this special anniversary!

Since our very first days, many friends have told us about chance encounters with Katharine Hepburn, a favorite show they’ve attended, or a special moment while volunteering at the Kate. From a brief paragraph to a long tale, personal or shared, sentimental or amusing – we want to hear from you!

Follow this link to share YOUR KATE STORY!

Follow this link to read some of the STORIES WE’VE RECEIVED!

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in an historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911, the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After state-of-the art renovations, the center includes a 250-seat theatre that presents work in several genres including music, theater, opera, dance, comedy, film, and a variety of children’s programming. The theater lobby encompasses a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident.

Our mission:

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center exists to present a diverse repertoire of cultural and performing arts, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, and to be a lasting legacy for America’s iconic actress.

At present:

  • The Kate averages 20 performances a month or 240 performances a year.
  • To date, there have been more than 1,500 performances of everything from ballet to magic, music to dance.
  • The Kate serves nearly 40,000 children and adults each year.
  • Specifically for children, the Kate offers a children’s performance series each season, brings Missoula Children’s Theater to town twice a year to allow young area thespians a chance to get up on stage and perform, and each summer hosts 5 weeks of Kate’s Camp for Kids, a week-long intensive introducing children ages 5-10 to the performing arts, and a two-week session of Summer Spotlight for ages 11-13 where kids are immersed in all facets of writing, composing songs, rehearsing, choreographing, designing and creating props, and learning about the technical aspects of live performance.
  • Along with its live performances, the Kate has 3 satellite dishes and shows simulcasts from the National Theatre of London, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Bolshoi Ballet of Russia.
  • Beginning in 2015, the Kate partnered with Connecticut Public Television on a new national series affectionately called ‘The Kate.’ This CPTV original series presents bold performers with something to say.

Just a few of the performers who have appeared at the Kate:


The Allman/Neville/Pitchell Show at the Kate

Ed Asner, Aztec Two-Step, Booker T, Karla Bonoff, Marc Broussard, Betty Buckley, Paula Cole, Celtic Tenors, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, CT Ballet, Sheila E., Jonathan Edwards, Steve Forbert, Art Garfunkel, Ana Gasteyer, Richie Havens, Anne Heaton, Garth Hudson, Robin Hitchcock, Janis Ian, Eileen Ivers, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucy Kaplansky, Jorma Kaukonen, Zoe Keating, Patty Larkin, Jane Lynch, Melissa Manchester, Richard Marx, Raul Midon, Momix, Roger McGuinn, Graham Nash, Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Steven Page, Poco, Paula Poundstone, Pure Prairie League, Pousette-Dart Band, Graham Parker, Leon Redbone, Tom Rush, Rusted Root, Chris Smither, Mavis Staples, Al Stewart, Kiefer Sutherland, Livingston Taylor, Richard Thompson, Paul Taylor 2, Walter Trout, Suzanne Vega, Sam Waterson, Jimmy Webb, The Ann Wilson Thing, Rita Wilson, George Winston, Peter Yarrow, Jesse Colin Young, Buckwheat Zydeco.

Local organizations that regularly partner with the Kate include: