Celebrating the Calderwood Pavilion's 10th Anniversary

by:  Temple Gill at 10/10/2014

Two hundred and fifty guests including former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined Huntington Theatre Company Chairman Carol G. Deane, President Mitchell J. Roberts, Managing Director Michael Maso, and Artistic Director Peter DuBois, as well as Boston Center for the Arts Chairman Philip W. Lovejoy and Executive Director Veronique Le Melle on Monday, September 29 for a ribbon-cutting, rededication, and celebration in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Bank of America was the presenting sponsor of the event.

The Calderwood Pavilion is the Huntington’s home for new play development and provides a much-needed resource for the local theatre community by offering a world-class facility and services at rates subsidized by the Huntington to dozens of Boston’s small and mid-sized theatre companies.

Among the other attendees were Calderwood Charitable Foundation Trustee John Cornish, Paul Grogan of The Boston Foundation (2014-2015 Calderwood Pavilion Innovation Sponsor), J. David Wimberly, former Huntington chairman and naming sponsor of the Virginia Wimberly Theatre, former Huntington president William P. McQuillan, Ed and Nancy Roberts, naming sponsors of the Roberts Studio Theatre, Huntington Trustees Gerald and Sherryl Cohen, the City of Boston’s Chief of Policy Joyce Linehan, former BRA director Harry Collings, Scott Wilson, Scott Butler, and Bruce Hermann of Wilson Butler Architects, Anita Walker of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Catherine Peterson of ArtsBoston, Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez, playwright Lydia R. Diamond, SpeakEasy Stage Company Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault, Company One Theatre Artistic Director Shawn LaCount, Codman Academy Charter Public School Executive Director Meg Campbell and Principal Thabiti Brown, and Boston finalist and National August Wilson Monologue Competition Champion Ashley Herbert.

Following a public ribbon-cutting under the marquee located at 527 Tremont Street, guests assembled in the 370-seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre for a rededication program featuring remarks from a number of the building’s benefactors, beneficiaries, and affiliated artists, and entertainment by The Skivvies and artists from SpeakEasy Stage Company.

“I know that Stan and Norma Jean [Calderwood] would be as pleased as we are with this facility, the outstanding productions that have been presented here, and the contributions that the Huntington and this building have made to this community,” said Calderwood Charitable Foundation Trustee John Cornish. “The investments they made in the Huntington during their lifetimes, and those that the foundation has made to the Huntington thereafter, have produced truly amazing returns for the arts, American theatre, and the local community.”

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond spoke about the Huntington’s commitment to developing and producing new work and to being both of and for its community, “The Huntington does it better than anybody else,” she said. “I can’t tell you how unusual it is for a theatre company to produce a local artist. Most don’t grow artists from the ground up. I’m appreciative to the Huntington for not just talking the talk. They put their money where their mouth is. The Huntington knows that theatre is made for everyone, and it’s better when everyone sees it.”

“In this building, in this theatre and in these halls, magic happens every day,” said Meg Campbell, executive director of Codman Academy Charter Public School, of which the Huntington is a founding partner. “The Calderwood Pavilion is a place that offers promise to young people in our community where they get to take center stage within these very walls.”

“Boston has artists and an audience that other cities would die for. What we have here is a building that is an integral part of its neighborhood, its cultural community, and its city – a building that has served over one million people in its first decade alone,” said Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. “We have succeeded because of the dedication and generosity and collaboration of everyone in this theatre tonight.”

Named #3 on’s “Biggest Arts Stories of the Decade” (December 2009), the opening of the Calderwood Pavilion marked the first new theatre to be built in Boston in more than 75 years, and helped to revitalize city’s South End neighborhood and make it a “new cultural hub” for the arts. In its recent report, The ArtsFactor, ArtsBoston commended the Calderwood Pavilion for being a model of collaboration, acknowledging, “The Calderwood Pavilion has hosted thousands of performances and events by more than 90 different organizations. In addition to having a positive impact on the Boston arts scene, the Calderwood has helped catalyze the development of the South End into one of Boston’s most desirable and dynamic neighborhoods.”


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