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ArtsEmerson In the News


The Improper Bostonian | Apr 2019

The World Alive! Celebration

ArtsEmerson held its third annual The World Alive! Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 7. Partygoers enjoyed performances by African jazz vocalist Somi and circus members from Montreal’s The 7 Fingers during the cocktail hour and dinner. The 185 guests raised more than $100,000 for ArtsEmerson while honoring the late philanthropist Ted Cutler as well as some of the organization’s top volunteers.

Edge Media Network | Dec 2018

Best of Boston Theater: 2018 Edition

WET — ArtsEmerson brought Alex Alpharaoh's one-man show about the realities of his life as an American without papers and helped to humanize the ongoing political debate.
The White Card - Co-produced by ArtsEmerson and American Repertory Theater, the world premiere of Claudia Rankine's book was a challenging, timely, and necessary work that deserved both our undivided attention and praise.


The Arts Fuse | Dec 2018

Theater Feature: Best Stage Productions of 2018

WET: A DACAmented Journey, written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh. Presented by ArtsEmerson, Boston,MA.
In his one-act monologue, which reflects today’s headlines, actor/writer Alpharaoh recounts his battle to obtain citizenship, a difficult (and perilous) process faced by most Central Americans seeking asylum in a politically fractured United States. His superb performance dramatized the experience’s sorrow, bravery, heartache, and limited moments of triumph.
Ada/Ava, written and performed by Manual Cinema. Directed by Drew Dir. Score and Sound Design by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman.
The Manual Cinema staging presented by ArtsEmerson at Emerson Paramount Center’s Robert J. Orchard Stage. An inspired re-invention of silent cinema/animation, as well as a refreshing modernization of the venerable art of shadow puppetry.

 

DIG BOSTON | Dec 2018

Best of Boston Theater: 2018 Edition

Measure for Measure, Cheek By Jowl/Pushkin Theatre at ArtsEmerson: One of Shakespeare’s notorious problem plays was rendered practically perfect in this sleek and stylish production by Declan Donnellan. Breathless, stark, and vividly moving, this production was flat-out electric.


The Boston Globe | Dec 2018

Don Aucoin’s Top 10 in theater in 2018

“Measure for Measure" Pushkin Theatre Moscow and Cheek by Jowl, presented by ArtsEmerson
“The Peculiar Patriot" National Black Theatre and Hi-Arts, presented by ArtsEmerson

 

WBUR, THE ARTERY | Dec 2018

The Best Theater 2018 Brought To Boston's Stages

ArtsEmerson-presented “The Peculiar Patriot,” a shout-out to disproportionate number of African-Americans who are incarcerated, the urgent concerns of people of color have been addressed...and in “WET: A DACAmented Journey,” a talented Dreamer told his piercingly human story.


Wicked Local | May 2018

Scituate Public Schools to host performance on diversity, hope and cultural identity

Scituate Public Schools, in partnership with METCO and ArtsEmerson, will host a performance of ‘Mr. Joy: The Neighborhood Tour’ on Tuesday, May 8 at the Scituate Center for the Performing Arts.

 

The Boston Globe | May 2018

Many Mass. arts organizations to benefit from Barr Foundation initiative

James Canales, president and trustee of the Barr Foundation, said the initiative would enable the foundation and its partners “to come together and elevate a set of issues fundamental to the arts — excellence, relevance, risk-taking, and civic leadership — and to better understand how these concepts mesh to create new impact in communities.”


On The Blog | Apr 2018

ArtsEmerson Announces Deborah Smith as Senior Development Officer

ArtsEmerson proudly announces that Deborah Smith will serve as its new Senior Development Officer. She started in March and comes to ArtsEmerson after serving at both CitiGroup and State Street.

 

The Boston Globe | Dec 2017

Put the spotlight on arts in Boston’s conversation on race
By David C. Howse and David Dower

The Spotlight series on racism in Boston lays out painful truths that too many of us would prefer to deny or deflect. An additional chapter could be written on the arts sector.


The Boston Globe | Dec 2017

Don Aucoin’s Top 10 theater picks for 2017

“Home,” ArtsEmerson

 

Edge Media Network | Dec 2017

Clinton Campbell's Top Ten for Boston Theater 2017

"Beauty Queen of Leenane" - Druid Theatre Company's 20th anniversary production performed at ArtsEmerson reunited Tony winning director Garry Hynes with Best Actress winner Marie Mullen, who this time took on the role of the despotic mother. It was an evening of fireworks.

 

On The Blog | Oct 2017

ArtsEmerson's 2nd Annual World Alive! Celebration Benefits New Gaining Ground Fund

On October 11th, we gathered for the 2nd annual World Alive! Celebration. This year, donors came together to support the recently launched Gaining Ground Fund – a newly established resource that allows us to more readily support artists whose work reflects the African Diasporic experience in America.


Frieze.com | Oct 2017

Staying in the Room: Ways of talking about race and appropriation: Claudia Rankine, Hannah Black and Tate Modern's ‘Black Art, Black Power’ conference

Rankine’s current project is The White Card, a play she is writing with dramaturge P. Carl, which was motivated by ‘the desire to have a conversation that kept going, and nobody slammed the door’.

 

The Boston Globe | Oct 2017

ArtsEmerson’s P. Carl awarded prestigious fellowship

P. Carl, the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson, is one of 25 artists and cultural leaders awarded “Art of Change’’ fellowships by the Ford Foundation.


The Boston Globe | Sep 2017

‘We choose: hope, love, respect,’ Paramount Theatre marquee says

One message on the Paramount Theatre marquee: “When hate is allowed to flourish, it threatens everyone’s freedom,” which was attributed to Emerson president Lee Pelton.

 

The Boston Globe | Aug 2017

Screens and screams (and stages)

Next month, ArtsEmerson launches its latest “Stage to Screen” series featuring a lineup that includes the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Live, the Old Vic, Stratford Festival, and Stage Russia.


The Boston Globe | Jul 2017

Speaking volumes onstage, often without words

ArtsEmerson, one of the most prominent presenting organizations in the city, opened last season with two consecutive circus productions and will kick off its 2017/2018 season in September at the Cutler Majestic Theatre with the US premiere of “Reversible," by the Montreal-based circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main.

 

WBUR, The ARTery | Jul 2017

Trump's Call For 'Heightened Vetting' May Be Affecting International Artists, Lawyers Say

"We're not naive about the fact that it may cause us challenges ahead. But the larger challenge would be to start to walk away from our own values and what we know to be important in our community." - David Dower


The Boston Globe | May 2017

New Rankine play to highlight ArtsEmerson season dedicated to Cutler

Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard, ArtsEmerson is a presenting and producing organization that operates under the auspices of Emerson College and presents shows at two theaters housed within the Paramount Center (one of them named after Orchard) as well as at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, also owned by Emerson.


The Boston Globe | Sep 2016

ArtsEmerson renames Paramount stage to honor founding director Orchard

Emerson College Thursday announced the Paramount Theatre Mainstage will be renamed the Robert J. Orchard Stage in honor of the retired founding director of ArtsEmerson and creator of its “The World on Stage” program.


The Boston Globe | Jul 2016

Thrilling circus show ‘Cuisine & Confessions’ is a captivating meal

Innovative and challenging productions have made ArtsEmerson...an indispensable force on the performing arts landscape


Bay State Banner | Jul 2016

Dinner and a show - ArtsEmerson serves up a culinary circus experience

ArtsEmerson has established itself in recent years as a purveyor of the new and unique.


The Boston Globe | Apr 2016

Circuses, operas, Melinda Lopez premiere in store at ArtsEmerson

In its 2016-17 season, announced Monday evening, ArtsEmerson will present new works by several theater artists who have previously made memorable appearances on the organization’s stages, while also providing a showcase for an opera trilogy and a new solo play by Boston dramatist-actress Melinda Lopez.


Edge Media Network | NOV 2015

Chopin Without Piano

ArtsEmerson continues to push the boundaries of what to expect out of them


White Rhino Report | NOV 2015

ArtsEmerson Continues To Amaze With Innovative Programming - "Chopin Without Piano" Is Stunning Music And Theater

It is like nothing else I have seen before - which is something I often find myself thinking and saying when I drink at the rich fountain of ArtsEmerson's offerings.


WBUR | DEC 2013

In four short years, [they] have established ArtsEmerson as one of the most important cultural institutions in New England.