Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

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A home for new works for the stage

Located on Boston University’s West Campus, just a few blocks away from CFA, is Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT). Founded in 1981 by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, BPT is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated specifically to new works for the stage. At the core of its five programs is the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Playwriting, offered as part of Boston University’s renowned English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences and in collaboration with the BU School of Theatre.

BPT features new plays written by MFA Playwriting students and professional playwrights. And our School of Theatre students have the opportunity to act, direct and/or design the shows. BPT’s alumni have garnered city, regional, and national awards including Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England Awards for Outstanding New Script.

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Blanca Isabella (CFA’24) (left) is Ceci and Hampton Richards (CFA’24) is Michelle in OTP, a BU New Play Initiative production from BPT’s 2022-2023 season. OTP is a comedy about two 15-year-old best friends who craft an alternate universe where a teenage President Obama courts the teenage president of their high school and takes their advice. Photo by Stratton McCrady

From BPT’s 2022-2023 season: Sävë thë Whälës, etc. is an environmental comedy about the importance of community, home, and happiness during a climate apocalypse. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Rx Machina, a BU New Play Initiative production, that was part of BPT’s 2021-2022 season. The story dealt with Big Pharma’s impact on everyday American culture. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Director Shamus works with the cast of Eat Your Young, the first play of the new season at Boston Playwrights Theatre

Director Shamus works with the cast of Eat Your Young, the first play of the 2022-2023 season at Boston Playwrights Theatre. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi



949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Public Transit Options

  • Accessible by the MBTA Green Line. Take the B (Boston College) train west, away from downtown. Travel three stops past the BU Central stop to Babcock Street. BPT is across the side street (Harry Agganis Way/Pleasant Street) from Agganis Arena.
  • Accessible by the MBTA 57 bus lines


BPT patrons are welcome to park in the garage beneath Agganis Arena next door. Parking is $2 an hour on most days, but may be as much as $25 during concert events. Visit the Agganis Arena website for the latest event parking payment rates. The garage closes at 11pm.

There’s also parking available at the Babcock Street lot, at 808 Commonwealth Avenue, or metered parking along Commonwealth Avenue and side streets.


Visit BPT’s official website for more information on accessibility. The theatre is constantly working to make its space available to all theatre-goers. The team at BPT can help accommodate any needs.

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