Office of the Arts

Kneehigh’s 'Tristan & Yseult'
Kneehigh’s 'Tristan & Yseult'

The Office of the Arts is home to ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, and schedules and supports multiple performance and rehearsal spaces at Emerson.

We Are: An Office of the Arts at a college that is dedicated to “bringing innovation to communication and the arts.” The Office of the Arts exists to serve Emerson College students, faculty and staff, the Greater Boston community, and the field of performance practice through:

  • ArtsEmerson: our professional presenting and producing program, presenting the world on stage and screen.
  • HowlRound: a communication platform that connects the Office of the Arts to the national (and international) efforts to develop a commons-based approach to performance practice.
  • Stewardship of our Spaces: supporting activities that connect the facilities of the Office of the Arts to both college and community events not produced or presented by other components of our Office.

We see our work in service of the college, the public, and the arts—prioritizing community engagement with our Boston neighbors, national dialogue, shared field-wide learning, and curricular engagement that connect students with our work. We operate from the assumption that the arts belong to everyone. Every decision we make, every new programming choice and operational strategy, emerges from that conviction.

See our organizational Values Statement »

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The Emerson Experience

In real life, he plays the part of author, producer, actor, comedian, and Emerson Alum. “Talent and training” led Denis Leary to his success in Hollywood. Leary ’79 graduated from the College’s creative writing program.

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