The Black Box Theatre was designed to offer a rare commodity: an affordable and fully-equipped performing arts space for Boston Area artists.
Thanks to The Boston Foundation, we were able to create a Resident Artist Program in 2019 and transform the Black Box Theatre into a space brimming with creative energy and exciting programming. Theater companies, dancers, choreographers, playwrights, theatre devisers, actors, and musicians were developing and bringing to life exciting pieces. And then the pandemic hit, cutting short the program’s inaugural year. Renewed Boston Foundation funding helped us to weather some very challenging months. Now we are looking ahead to the future and how we can continue to serve our larger performing arts community!
For many talented, hard-working artists, making a living in Boston has always been difficult. Juggling day-jobs and family while finding time and resources to make and share art is not a sustainable model. Covid has made the situation even worse for artists.
The Resident Artist Program will help artists get back to creating live performances! And art-lovers, hungry to return to the theatre, will have exciting performances to attend!
Resident companies will be awarded free rent in the Black Box Theatre, rehearsal space for their productions, and shop space to build their sets. This will free up the companies’ budgets to reallocate funds where they feel they need it most, be it increased artist compensation, increased marketing efforts to build a stronger audience base, or the ability for resident artists to take on more ambitious productions that carry greater costs.
Informational Q&A Sessions will be held online on Wed. April 7th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm.