American Repertory Theater Receives $100 Million Gift to Build Research and Performing Arts Center

Regional News   American Repertory Theater Receives $100 Million Gift to Build Research and Performing Arts Center
Diane Paulus is artistic director of the Tony-winning regional theatre that birthed the Tony-winning revivals of Pippin, Porgy and Bess, and the Sara Bareilles musical Waitress.
Diane Paulus
Diane Paulus Susan Lapides

The American Repertory Theater announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, research and performance center in Allston, Massachusetts, that will serve as the Tony Award-winning regional theatre’s future home.

The project is funded by a $100 million gift from Harvard University alumnus David E. and Stacey L. Goel.

Harvard University will expand its campus with the center to be constructed adjacent to the athletic facilities on North Harvard Street in Allston. The ArtLab, a new hub for arts innovation on North Harvard Street in Allston, was completed in January.

A.R.T. will continue to produce work at the Loeb for several years while plans develop.

Diane Paulus serves as artistic director of the Tony Award-winning regional theatre that has been the professional theatre on Harvard’s campus since its founding in 1980. Under Paulus’ leadership, A.R.T. has been a major incubator for artists to experiment and test boundary-pushing theatrical works, many of which have transferred to acclaimed runs on Broadway.

Major works to emerge from A.R.T. in the past decade include the Tony-winning political drama All The Way; Sara Bareilles’ musical adaptation of Waitress; the Tony-winning revivals of Pippin and Porgy and Bess; and the Tony-nominated 2013 revival of The Glass Menagerie.

A.R.T. also provided a safe creative space for a pre-Broadway reinvention of the immersive spectacle Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812; and the overhauled American premiere of Finding Neverland.

A.R.T. is also poised to transfer its production of the Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill to Broadway next fall under Paulus' direction.

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