Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Venue
ArtsEmerson

OUR STORY

ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. We are dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. By cultivating diversity in the arts and in the audience, we ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them.

Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard—the year the U.S. Census confirmed there was no single cultural majority in Boston—we committed to building a cultural institution that reflects the diversity of our city. We program a full season of performances, film and dialogue that invites each of us to engage in a more contemporary narrative of Boston as a truly global city.

We believe in the power of art to ignite our vision of a thriving world.

A thriving world is one where all of its residents are seen and heard and life is better, richer and fuller for everyone. The foundation for this vision is empathy. Empathy is the fuel that will power a thriving world—a world connected across difference, where each of us sees and celebrates both that which is common to us and that which distinguishes us.

ArtsEmerson brings artists and audiences together to share experiences that spark this transformation at the personal, community and civic levels.

By “putting the world on stage”—with work that emanates from the language of theater, yet pushes the boundaries between theater, dance, music and multimedia arts—we aim to give voice to diverse stories and perspectives not often seen or heard in the traditional mainstream. By inviting the glorious cultural diversity of our region into our audiences, we create an environment where these shared experiences create opportunities for connection across our differences.
 

OUR MISSION

To engage all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. By cultivating diversity in the art and in the audience, we ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them.
 

OUR VISION

A thriving world where art ignites empathy for ourselves and each other.  
 

OUR HISTORY

ArtsEmerson is the professional presenting and producing organization of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College. Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard, the year the US Census confirmed there was no single cultural majority in Boston, we committed to building a cultural institution that reflects the diversity of our city. We operate from the core belief that the arts are for everyone. By “putting the world on stage” ArtsEmerson quickly established a reputation for presenting outstanding work from around the globe — work that emanates from the language of theater, yet pushes the boundaries between theater, dance, music, and media arts. And by bringing diverse programming to neighborhoods all over the city, we have become an integral part of Boston’s efforts to transform our bitter history of segregation into a resilient legacy of equity and unity in diversity. ArtsEmerson’s first seasons focused on building a world-class cultural institution, raising awareness of our existence, and forging a reputation for artistic excellence. ArtsEmerson was first named “Boston’s Best Theater” by Boston Magazine following its 2012/13 season.

By December of 2013, WBUR critic Ed Siegel cited ArtsEmerson in his annual “Best of” round-up, saying: “In four short years they have established ArtsEmerson as one of the most important cultural institutions in New England.” In 2013 we expanded our focus, through a variety of civic engagement activities, setting out to become an effective partner in our city’s efforts to promote social cohesion. When naming ArtsEmerson “Boston’s Best Theater” again in 2015, Boston Magazine wrote, “Most impressive, ArtsEmerson realizes its global vision while remaining audience-focused and community-centric.” ArtsEmerson is currently led by Executive Director David C. Howse.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Rebecca
Job Title/Position: 
Associate General Manager
Fax: 
617-824-8725
Mailing Address: 
Office of the Arts - Emerson College
120 BOYLSTON STREET
BOSTON, MA 02116
Physical Address: 
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Last Name: 
Frank Oeser
Phone: 
617-824-8030
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Emerson College

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Folk
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Film
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - General
Music - Band
Music - Chamber
Music - Dance / DJ
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Jazz
Music - Opera
Music - Orchestral
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - R&B / Soul
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Circus
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Mime
Theater - Musical
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2010
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Institution/Business Type: 
Performance Facilities
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Curriculum Development
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Preservation / Conservation
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - Production / Development
Theater Technical Production
Venue Rental
Virtual Events
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
400
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
National
International

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
EMERSON CUTLER MAJESTIC THEATRE
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
219 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Venue Phone: 
617-824-8000
Stage Details: 
Proscenium Theater
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Dressing room(s)
Fly space
Green room
Loading dock
Orchestra pit
Sound system
Venue Capacity: 
1,178
Venue Accessibility: 
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Trained Crew Available
Venue Name: 
ROBERT J. ORCHARD STAGE AT THE EMERSON PARAMOUNT CENTER
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Venue Phone: 
617.824.8000
Stage Details: 
Proscenium Theater
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Capacity: 
596
Venue Accessibility: 
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Trained Crew Available
Venue Name: 
JACKIE LIEBERGOTT BLACK BOX THEATRE AT THE EMERSON PARAMOUNT CENTER
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Venue Phone: 
617.824.8400
Stage Details: 
Black Box
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Capacity: 
150
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Trained Crew Available
Venue Name: 
BRIGHT FAMILY SCREENING ROOM AT THE EMERSON PARAMOUNT CENTER
Venue Type: 
Multi-Purpose Room
Venue Address: 
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Venue Phone: 
617.824.8400
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Venue Capacity: 
170
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Trained Crew Available
Additional Comments: 
A venue for both film and live performance, the Bright Family Screening Room features 16 millimeter, 35 millimeter and digital projection equipment.