College of Fine Arts Production Center

State-of-the-art. For the arts.

This hi-tech laboratory space for theatre, features a state-of-the-art Light and Sound lab. The production center features an assembly-line design—the building includes high-bay spaces for constructing, painting, and moving scenery and sets. Air walls, which are 24 feet tall, pull back to double floor space for large sets.

The 310 foot long production wing features a scene shop and paint shop and connects to a corridor for easy loading into the theatre, or onto trucks for shows off-site.

The center stands alongside the Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, whose doors will open in time for the spring semester. This bold modern structure encourages innovation, sparks cross-disciplinary collaborations, unifies the Performance and Design & Production programs of School of Theatre, and invites the BU community and beyond to interact with theatre performance.

Designed by internationally-recognized Elkus | Manfredi Architects, this complex was one of  the last projects that internationally acclaimed architect and urban designer Howard Elkus designed before he passed away. The construction for this complex was managed by the Bond Brothers


By the Numbers

  • 60 design studio stations
  • 36 drafting tables
  • 4 smart classrooms
  • 55 classes each semester
  • 3,880 square-foot scene shop
  • 3,300 square-foot paint shop
  • 27,000 square-foot production & support facilities


Getting Here

820 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(For GPS, use 808 Commonwealth Avenue. Boston University’s Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center are located right next door.)

Public Transit
Accessible by the MBTA Green Line. Take the B line to the BU West station.
Accessible by the MBTA CT2 and 57 bus lines.
BU Shuttle stop M2.

Parking
Street parking is available on and around Commonwealth Avenue. Parking lots and garages are also available.