Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre

Listed among the best new architectural structures around the globe (Wallpaper magazine, 2019), the Boston University Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and the College of Fine Arts Production Center provide CFA theatre students with countless opportunities to experiment, innovate, and take the audience from 820 Commonwealth Avenue to another world. Located at the heart of the Boston University Charles River campus, Booth Theatre creates a 21st-century learning environment, educating the next generation of artists.

Flexibility Yields Experimentation

Through the configuration of seating risers, the opening of a single trap door, the installation of set pieces and drapes, and the use of creative lighting, the space at Booth Theatre is easily transformed. The building’s massive tipped façade serves as a mirror, coupled with a proscenium-inspired wrapper, to put pedestrians and Comm Ave on stage.

Not only do performances take place here. Classes are taught in the state-of-the-art facility by professors who are experts in the field. Students are sketching and bringing their costume designs to life in the Costume Shop. Others are building and painting sets and props throughout the Paint Shop and Scene Shop, transporting them to the stage.

The best part about Booth Theatre? No production looks the same, making each performance a unique experience for both the students and the audience.

Setting the Stage for Sustainability

The award-winning dramatic arts complex recently earned the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification for its green features, including operations and maintenance of a resource-efficient, healthy, and cost-effective space.

The Boston University Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and the College of Fine Arts Production Center project are 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. It was designed by internationally-recognized Elkus | Manfredi Architects and the construction for this complex was managed by the Bond Brothers.

Professor’s Perspective

“The Booth Theatre has provided me with a playground. Pretty much anything you imagine possible can be done in that theatre.”—Yo-EL Cassell, CFA Assistant Professor, Movement

 

Student’s Perspective

“It feels like a new world we’ve stepped into. The Booth Theatre allows you to have as much space as you need to experiment.”—Nicholas Walker (CFA’20)


By the Numbers

  • $10M naming gift from BU trustee Steve Zide
  • 75K square-foot theatre complex with theatre, production and costume shops, design labs, classrooms, and plaza
  • 250 seat theatre
  • 13 productions to date
  • 9 motorized trusses for lighting and scenic elements
  • 1 motorized lighting catwalk
  • 290 parking spaces

Experience Booth Theatre

A lot happens behind the scenes at Booth Theatre. Immerse yourself in the experience by taking our virtual tour of the performing arts center.

Watch clips of previous performances and hear from faculty and students about the opportunities Booth Theatre has given them on CFA YouTube.


Booth Theatre in Photos

Check out some of our favorite moments at Booth Theatre:

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  • Kayleigha Zawacki (CFA'14,'22) at her exhibition, Panthera Tigris

    MFA lighting design candidate Kayleigha Zawacki (CFA'14,'22) explores themes of sustainability and wildlife conservation in her 360-degree immersive mixed media experience Panthera Tigris at Booth Theatre.

  • BU’s Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England 2020 Design Award. Photo by Janice Checchio

  • In their element: Alison Miranda (CFA'22), a costume production student, at the CFA Booth Theatre Production Center. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi

  • BU Opera Institute livestreamed the opera Mansfield Park, which was recorded at Booth Theatre. Photo by Benjamin Rose, Benjamin Rose Photography

  • Emma Weller (CFA’24) (left) and Isabella Lampson (CFA’21) conversing about their experiences at the College of Fine Arts. Photo by Cydney Scott

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents RHINOCEROS. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents RHINOCEROS. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents RHINOCEROS. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents ANTIGONE. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents ANTIGONE. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Boston Center for American Performance presents THE JOURNEY. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Boston Center for American Performance presents THE JOURNEY. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Boston Center for American Performance presents THE JOURNEY. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.


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Plan Your Visit

Current Production Season

Our 2021-2022 production season is filled with powerful and dynamic stories. See what shows are playing at Booth Theatre on CFA’s School of Theatre Production Season webpage.

Location

820 Commonwealth Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446
(For GPS, use 808 Commonwealth Avenue. Boston University Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center are located right next door.)

Public Transit Options

  • 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.

Where to Park

Street parking is available on and around Commonwealth Avenue. BU parking lots and garages are also available. Lot F is the parking lot at Booth Theatre; garage entrance is at 128 Essex Street, Brookline MA. This lot will open 90 minutes prior to performances. Rates will vary. Please consult bu.edu/parking for more information.

Accessible Entrance

Accessible entrance through the Production Center doors on Essex street.

Tickets for BU Community

All Boston University students, faculty, and staff receive free admission with their BU ID to watch performances at Booth Theatre.

COVID Safety Guidelines

Please reference BU’s Back2BU website for the latest information and updates. More information on safety guidelines for guests and visitors is forthcoming.