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Huntington to Work with Bruner/Cott & Associates for Huntington Avenue Theatre Project

The Huntington Theatre Company's longtime home on Huntington Avenue remains secure, and the Huntington will continue to produce world-class theatre there for generations to come. Beginning July 1, 2017, the building known as the Boston University Theatre will become the Huntington Avenue Theatre, controlled on a permanent basis by the Huntington Theatre Company.

The Huntington has engaged Bruner/Cott & Associates as architects for the Huntington Avenue Theatre project. Known for award-winning designs for seminal projects such as MASS MoCA and the Boston University School of Law, Bruner/Cott has a reputation for thoughtful design that celebrates the heritage and craftmanship of the past while optimizing resources for sustainable futures.

The Huntington and Bruner/Cott are currently making plans to renovate the Huntington Avenue Theatre, which in turn will expand the Huntington's services to its audiences, artists, and the Greater Boston community. Audiences will notice the first signs of change at the theatre when the Huntington's 2017-2018 season begins in September while preparation for the larger renovation project continues.

David Epstein, the Huntington's chairman of the board and chief operating officer of the real estate company The Abbey Group, played a leading role in the architect selection process. "Bruner/Cott has a great track record of working with arts groups and of reinvigorating older buildings," says Epstein. "I expect that they will be able to bring out the beauty of our historic theatre while also creating vibrant, new social spaces."

"We're incredibly excited about this partnership and what it means for Boston," says Scott Aquilina, principal at Bruner/Cott. "The Huntington project will provide a magnet for community engagement and set the stage for exciting growth and change on the Avenue of the Arts."

ABOUT THE Huntington Theatre Company

Celebrating its 35th season, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert our current theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit


Bruner/Cott & Associates (Cambridge, MA) is dedicated to enhancing quality of life, economic vigor, and sense of community through thoughtful, sustainable design for cultural, educational, and commercial clients nationwide. They believe the most effective design solutions derive from a creative interpretation of place, culture, program, and responsibility to our planet, and see architecture as a site-specific art rather than an imposed style, thoughtfully considering each project within the context of its mission and its community.

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