Emerson College owns more performance space than any other institution in Boston. The performance and production spaces utilized by the Department of Performing Arts include the recently renovated Paramount Center, the Cutler Majestic Theatre, and the Tufte Performance and Production Center.
Emerson’s largest theater seats nearly 1,200 and is beautifully appointed in the beaux-arts style. The Culter Majestic Theatre is a Broadway-style proscenium stage theater and was built in 1903.
Originally a movie palace, the Paramount first opened in 1932. It was renovated by Emerson College to include two performance venues among many other features. The new Paramount Center honors the glory of the original art deco designs within the building. The largest performance venue, the Robert J. Orchard Stage, seats 590.
The Paramount Center also includes the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater, named for Emerson’s 11th president. The Black Box allows for more flexibility than a traditional theater space and provides for a wide array of staging and design options.
The Semel Theater, located in the Tufte Performance and Production Center (PPC) is a thrust stage with seating for 216. If features a tension-wire grid overhead and a trapped stage underfoot.
The Greene Theater, located in the Tufte PPC, is an end-stage theater seating 108.
The Cabaret is the largest student event and production space on campus with a capacity of 200. Use the space as you wish, with rows of chairs for your audience or completely open for rehearsals or performances. It's up to you!
The primary classroom, laboratory, and meeting place for Theatre Design/Technology students is located in the Tufte PPC. The main studio includes a drafting and rendering area, CAD lab, sound station, and craft space. Additionally, a 400-square foot light lab sits adjacent to the main studio for lighting design instruction and the testing of designs.
The scene shop is housed in the Paramount Center and includes instruction and work space for scenic construction, prop construction and stagecraft, and scenic painting.
The costume shop is located in the Tufte PPC and boasts more than 10,000 costume pieces. The shop is fully equipped for the training of costume designers and craftspeople. The space includes three cutting tables, eight domestic and four industrial sewing machines, an industrial leather machine, two industrial sergers, and an ironing station. There is a seperate fitting room for actors, a dye and craft room, and a large room for costume storage.
The Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Design Technology and Makeup Suite is located in the Tufte PPC and includes instruction space for makeup courses and two large dressing rooms.
Nine rehearsal studios are located in the Paramount Center. The studios are used as class and rehearsal space. An additional five practice rooms equipped with pianos are located near the rehearsal studios.