Visit the School of Theatre
Theatre artists at Boston University have the opportunity to pursue a rigorous artistic program within a larger liberal arts research university, cultivated within a strong community and supportive atmosphere. We offer weekly opportunities for prospective students and families to connect with the BU College of Fine Arts community both virtually and in person.
Online live info sessions via Zoom will resume in October.
Take a Virtual Tour
From our black box performance spaces to the Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center, take a peek behind-the-scenes of where you’ll be studying at CFA School of Theatre.
Virtual Info Sessions
Info sessions are currently paused. Our weekly, student-led info sessions will resume in late September. Please check this page for updates!
There are no sessions available on weekends or University holidays. We are able to provide an absence note upon request.
Why School of Theatre?
Captivating audiences from center stage to building worlds behind the scenes, School of Theatre students encounter an inventive and holistic approach to the study of all aspects of the art form.
Faculty and fellow students alike will nurture your development through education, exploration, and advocacy at one of the leading theatre programs in the country.
Videos Featuring the SOT Community
Check out some of the videos below to get a feel for our campus culture:
Ireon Roach’s (CFA ’21) ultimate goal is to inspire other young people to get involved in art.
McCaela Donovan, Assistant Director of School of Theatre, Music Theatre Concentration Co-Advisor and Graduate Academic Advisor, and Jim Noone, MFA Programs Head of Design & Production, BFA Programs Co-Chair of Design & Production and Associate Professor of Scenic Design, talk about School of Theatre’s core values.
BU students who study with Yo-EL Cassell, a College of Fine Arts School of Theatre Assistant Professor, say his demanding movement classes improve their confidence and deepen their understanding of how crucial movement is to acting. Cassell discovered movement as a hearing-impaired child and says his hearing loss allowed him to connect to senses like touch more deeply.
CFA alum Dave Shalansky (CFA’96) credits much of his success as a character actor to the training he received as a theatre arts student at Boston University CFA School of Theatre. Now based in New York, Shalansky has enjoyed roles in various projects, including “Gilmore Girls,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Six Feet Under.”
CFA alum Brooke Karzen (CFA’84) says that learning in a creative environment and being open to opportunities helped propel her career in Hollywood. As the Executive Vice President & Head of Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Karzen has grown the company’s series slate from its initial series: The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and America’s Best Dance Crew to a studio-record number of shows including such megahits as, The Voice, Ellen’s Game of Games, and Little Big Shots with Melissa McCarthy. Working in unscripted television, Karzen knows the importance of showing the “rough edges” and encourages #myCFA students to color outside the lines.
State-of-the-art for the Arts
Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre
The 250-seat Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre is located at the heart of the Charles River campus at 820 Commonwealth Avenue. The intent behind the Joan & Edgar Booth theatre is exact: create a 21st century learning environment to educate the next generation of artists and engage audiences in an immersive experience.
The purposeful, flexible design of the Booth Theatre allows for the evolution of performances and a deep engagement with audiences. Through the configuration of seating risers, opening of the single trap door, installation of set pieces and drapes, and use of creative lighting, the space can be transformed to create a unique performance and audience experience. The building’s massive tipped façade serves as a mirror, coupled with a proscenium-inspired wrapper, to put pedestrians and Comm Ave on stage.
The project was funded in part by a naming gift of $10 million from BU trustee Steve Zide (LAW’86). The theatre is named after Steve’s theatre-loving wife, Janet Zide’s parents, Joan and Edgar Booth. Edgar Booth passed away recently, but Zide’s mother-in-law, Joan Booth, remains an active patron of the arts and a Broadway aficionado.
College of Fine Arts Production Center
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. 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.
We are available to answer any questions you may have!
Phone: (617) 353-3390