• Art Jahnke

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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 8 comments on BU Theatre, Adjoining Buildings Sell for $25 Million

  1. Selling the theatre complex to a company that will only turn it into condos is disgusting. BU’s action truly holds a mirror up to the nature of a University that doesn’t care for heritage or history, but only the bottom line. Throwing away the relationship with the Huntington only puts the final nail in the coffin of what was once a successful and admired technical theatre program. With this step Jim Petosa, Jon Savage, and the rest of the CFA faculty who support this have chosen to accept the mediocracy of a generic liberal arts theatre program as opposed to embracing the strengths that were offered by the conservatory style program they throw away.
    None of this considers the truly amateur way in which they’ve handled this entire process with their alumni. I see no reason to continue to support this program after they sell the theatre, and will continue to suggest that prospective students look elsewhere if they want a degree to be proud of.

    I come across as angry, and rightfully so. However I think it is important to point out that I have nothing but respect and appreciation to many of the teachers who helped me become as successful as I am now.

    1. 252 Huntington,258 Huntington ,264 Huntington. One great theater torn down and in it’s place,many many condo units with very little sidewalk or street level attraction. Once again our beloved city and it’s vibrant sidewalks are being turned into walls of glass.
      Thank you former D&P Student .

  2. She is a grand old lady that has been part of the city so long any other use than a Theater would be a tragic mistake . Congratulation Northeastern Hockey for winning Hockey east Championship .

    1. No, they’ve commited a total of $50 million to the project, $25 million from the sale of the theatre and $25 million from the University.

  3. I’m a current student who is quite pleased with the commitment that Boston University has made to the CFA/School of Theater. The divestiture of an aging facility on a pricy chunk of Huntington Ave real estate seems to me a prudent decision that has at its core a focus on improved academic outcomes. Consolidating programs on the Charles River Campus will be a huge change for sure. This decision was clearly about the future and while I won’t be around to see the new building, I’ll expect the program to continue to be a top tier school with or without the vocational opportunities previously offered with the Huntington partnership.

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