The Huntington is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets. Since its founding in 1982, The Huntington has received over 150 Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, as well as the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. In the past 36 years, The Huntington has played to an audience of 3.5 million, presented over 200 plays (18 of which went on to Broadway or Off Broadway), and served over 500,000 students, community members, and other cultural organizations.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Loretta Greco and Managing Director Michael Maso, The Huntington brings world-class theatre artists from Boston, Broadway, and beyond together with the most promising new talent to create eclectic seasons of exciting new works and classics made current.
A longstanding anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, The Huntington now fully owns The Huntington Theatre and plans to renovate the historic venue, adding first-rate, modern amenities including a new entrance and expansive lobby, as well as expanding services to audiences, artists, and the community.
The Huntington built the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2004 as a home for its new work activities and to provide a much-needed resource for the local theatre community. At the Calderwood Pavilion, The Huntington provides first-class facilities and audience services at significantly subsidized rates to dozens of organizations each year, including some of Boston’s most exciting small and mid-sized theatre companies.
The Huntington serves 200,000 audience members each year at The Huntington Theatre and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Through a diverse and impactful range of nationally-renowned education and community programs, The Huntington engages 36,000 young people and adults in underserved neighborhoods each year. These programs include the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, the August Wilson Monologue Competition, the Huntington Community Membership Initiative, a youth playwriting program called EPIC, and the Student Matinee Series.
The Huntington is a founding partner of Codman Academy Charter Public School and has collaborated with Codman for 17 years to create and teach its innovative, interdisciplinary humanities curriculum and run the Codman Summer Theatre Institute.
A national leader in the development of new plays, The Huntington has produced more than 120 world, American, and New England premieres to date. Through The Huntington Playwriting Fellows program, the cornerstone of its new work activities, The Huntington supports local writers through two-year fellowships, and is also proud to serve as a home for Artist-in-Residence Melinda Lopez.
The Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form and is committed to mentoring local playwrights, educating young people in theatre, and serving as a catalyst for the growth of dozens of Boston’s emerging performing arts organizations.
Designed and constructed as America’s first civic playhouse, the building today known as The Huntington Theatre was the first tax-exempt theatre established in the nation. Construction having begun in 1923, it was formally opened with Sheridan’s The Rivals on November 10‚ 1925. The architect was J. Williams Beal and Sons.
The Calderwood Pavilion, housing the 370–seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre and the 200–seat Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre, is managed by the Huntington and programmed jointly with the BCA. In addition to providing a second stage for the Huntington‚ the new theatres also host a range of performances by smaller arts organizations.