American Repertory Theater in Cambridge

A.R.T. or American Repertory Theater is a professional and non-profit theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was founded in the year 1980 by Mr. Robert Brustein. A.R.T. is known for its commitment and passion for new American plays and music-theater, as well as to the works of the past, established classical texts reinterpreted in unique and refreshing ways.

Over the last thirty years of its existence, it has gained several distinguished awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1982, a Tony Award in 1986, and a Jujamcyn Award in 1985. In December of 2002, it was the recipient for the National Theatre Conference’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and later in May 2003, it was name as the top three theaters in the country, by none other than the Time Magazine. This amazing theater is housed in the Loeb Drama Center at the Harvard University.

By 2002, Robert Woodruff replaced the founder, Mr. Brustein, as the Artistic Director of A.R.T. After his departure in 2007, Associate Artistic Director Gideon Lester took the reins for the 2008 to 2009 season. And in May 2008, Diane Paullus was named as the new Artistic Director. Paulus, another Harvard graduate, is best known for directing theatres and operas. Some of her famous works are The Donkey Show, which ran in the Broadway for six long years, the productions at Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Public Theater’s 2008 production entitled “Hair”. Hair actually won the Tony Award for the Best Revival of a Musical.

The A.R.T. Educational Institution

In 1987, the American Repertory Theatre founded the Institute for Advanced Theater Training. It is comprised for five semester professional M.F.A. program, which covers a period of three months, all for working and training at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. The said program provides different trainings for graduate level actors, dramaturgs, as well as voice students. For a time, it even included a director training program, which was discontinued in 2004. On the other hand the dramaturgy program tripled in enrollment. The program is administered, managed, and house by the A.R.T., training is provided by full-time, part-time, as well as visiting teachers and artists at the theater. These teachers include those who are affiliated with the Moscow Art Theatre School, who teach in residence in Cambridge and in Moscow. The institute is indeed remarkable among all the conservatory programs, because of the degree it offers, the opportunity of exposure, as well as its collaboration with internationally renowned artists, particularly those from Russia and Europe.

Oberon and Other Venues

Oberon, also known as Club Oberon, is a new club theatre venue that opened in August of 2009. The venue stands in the space where Zero Arrow Street Theatre stood. It was originally created as the set for the A.R.T.’s production of The Donkey Show, but was converted to a full functioning club theater venue. But before Oberon, the A.R.T. makes use of the old Hasty Pudding Theater, as well as the Loeb main stage. It also uses the sub-basement of the First Parish in Cambridge.

Contact Information

  • Administrative Office : 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
    617.496.2000
  • Box Office: 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
    617.547.8300
    Tuesday – Sunday, noon – 5 pm
  • Official Website: http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org

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