Boston Playwrights' Theatre

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Boston Playwrights' Theatre
Bpt logo.jpg
Address 949 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Public transit Pleasant Street
Owner Boston University
Type Regional theater
Opened 1981

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) is a small professional theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Led by Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass. Boston Playwrights' Theatre is the home of the Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University. As a venue, BPT donates their space to host other New England theatre companies who are producing new plays.


Founded in 1981 by poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott. The program's alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London's West End.[1]

Boston Theater Marathon[edit]

Each year since 1999, Boston Playwrights' Theatre has produced the Boston Theater Marathon of 10-minute plays where 50 local theatre organizations showcase the works of New England playwrights. Originally performed at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, the Boston Theater Marathon has been in residence at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts since 2005.[citation needed]

Partnership with Boston University[edit]

In 2016, Boston Playwrights' Theatre began a partnership with Boston University's School of Theatre and the BU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences on a series of MFA Playwriting thesis plays acting as a showcase for pieces written by graduating students in BU’s MFA playwriting program. In a major change for BPT, almost all of the onstage and backstage talent will be provided by students in BU’s theater school, who work closely with the playwrights throughout the year.[2]

In alternating seasons, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre will resume its practice of featuring three plays, written by alumni or faculty of the program and employing professional actors, designers and playwrights to stage them.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Faithless and The Honey Trap: 2017 Elliot Norton Awards––Winner, Outstanding Actress, Small or Fringe Theater
  • Windowmen: 2014 Elliot Norton Awards––Winner, Outstanding New Script; Winner, Outstanding Actor, Small or Fringe Theater; Nominated, Outstanding Production by a Small Theatre; Nominated, Outstanding Ensemble, Midsize, Small, Fringe Theatre; Nominated, Outstanding Design, Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater
  • Absence: 2014 Elliot Norton Awards––Nominated, Outstanding New Script
  • Ti-Jean & His Brothers: 2011 Elliot Norton Awards––Nominated, Outstanding Actress, Small or Fringe Theater
  • Gary: 2008 Elliot Norton Awards––Nominated, Outstanding Production by a Small Company
  • The Glider: 2005 Elliot Norton Awards––Winner, Outstanding Set Design by a Small Company

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Boston Playwrights' Theatre Announces 2016-2017 Season of New Plays". Retrieved 2018-02-10. 
  2. ^ "At Boston University, Aspiring Playwrights Don't Just Sit Offstage". Retrieved 2018-02-10. 
  3. ^ "At Boston University, Aspiring Playwrights Don't Just Sit Offstage". Retrieved 2018-02-10. 

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