The BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE serves as the professional production extension of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Expanding the definition of the College as an “artistic home,” BCAP is designed to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the College. Creating productions in one of our many venues in our home city, BCAP employs professional artists to collaborate directly with student artists in a way that encourages intergenerational learning not only through the forging of strong teacher/student relationships, but through the creation of artistic collaborations between artists of differing levels of experience.
This initiative encourages interaction among professional faculty artists, alumni, students, and other affiliated artists both locally and nationally. It is the College’s conviction that such collaborations will have a profound impact on our educational mission, become a significant source of inspiration for the creation of new work and/or new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.
In fall 2008, the BCAP initiative debuted with Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE and Doug Wright’s I AM MY OWN WIFE. THE GLASS MENAGERIE received a second production run at Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center in summer 2009.
The 2009-2010 BCAP season featured two provocative, modern classics – David Rabe’s A QUESTION OF MERCY and Paula Vogel’s HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE. The former was nominated for three IRNE awards – Best Play, Best Director, and Best Actress in the Small Theatre Company category – and was subsequently featured as part of PTP/NYC’s 2010 summer season.
In 2010-2011, BCAP produced C.P. Taylor’s GOOD and Athol Fugard’s THE ROAD TO MECCA. The latter was nominated for two IRNE awards, winning Best Scene Design, Small Theatre Category - James Fluhr. The season also marked BCAP’s first collaboration with the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, another professional producing company affiliated with Boston University. Together, BCAP and BPT presented Boston University Professor Jonathan Lipsky’s WALKING THE VOLCANO.
BCAP’s most recent season featured productions of the new play OUR LADY by James Fluhr, Daniel MacIvor’s HOUSE featuring Tim Spears (IRNE nominee, Best Solo Performance), and Neal Bell’s MONSTER. The latter was featured as part of PTP/NYC’s 2012 summer season. The season concluded with an encore production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s THREE VIEWINGS, co-presented with New Repertory Theatre.
BCAP’s 2012-2013 kicked off with Paul Zindel’s THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS, featuring Paula Langton, and concluded with Athol Fugard’s BLOOD KNOT, featuring IRNE award winners Hampton Fluker and Mason Sand.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts (www.bu.edu/cfa) was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
The School of Theatre (www.bu.edu/cfa/theatre) in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University was established in 1954 as one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design, production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession. In recent years, the School of Theatre has evolved into an energetic place that values the notion of “the new conservatory” and seeks to provide students with opportunities for artistic growth through a rigorous curriculum, professional connections, and an emphasis on collaboration and new work.