Huntington Theatre Company Inc.

Boston, MA   |


The Huntington Theatre Company engages, inspires, entertains, educates, and challenges audiences with culturally diverse theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works; trains and supports the next generation of theatre artists; provides arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community; provides critical services in support of Boston's dynamic theatrical community; and celebrates the essential power of the theatre to illuminate our common humanity.

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Managing Director

Mr. Michael Maso

Main address

264 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115 USA

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NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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World-Class Theatre Productions

The Huntington produces 7-8 plays per season at two venues, the 870-seat Huntington Avenue Theatre (HAT) and two theatres located at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont Street. Programming features classic theatre and musicals at the HAT and new plays by local and national playwrights at the Calderwood’s 370-seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre and 250-seat Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre. The Huntington’s eclectic balance of timeless and timely dramas, comedies, and musicals attracts annual audiences of 110,000, joining with the artistic, educational, and community initiatives below to engage 200,000+ patrons and students each year.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Through a range of nationally renowned education and community programs, the Huntington serves 33,000 students and under-served community members each year. These programs include: The Student Matinee Series, bringing more than 4,000 students from 65 schools to experience live theatre at the Huntington each year,The Codman Academy Charter Public School partnership, teaching145 students a humanities and theatre arts curriculum based on the Huntington's professional season,Poetry Out Loud, coaching over 23,000 high school students statewide,The August Wilson Monologue Competition, an 8-week classroom residency program for 400 students from 11 urban Boston schools,Access initiatives, using ASL interpretation, audio description and other services to reduce barriers for over 3,500 audience members, andCommunity Connections and Community Membership, offering over 4,000 low-income audience members free or dramatically reduced-cost tickets each year.

Population(s) Served

The Huntington Theatre Company was instrumental in raising the funds for, designing, and building the Stanford J. Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. The Pavilion opened in 2004, and the Huntington operates the facility on behalf of all the organizations that use its performance spaces, rehearsal halls and meeting rooms. While there is a focus on performing arts, the Pavilion was also built to serve the community and be a local hub of cultural activity. The Pavilion's venues include the 370-seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre and the 220-seat Roberts Studio Theatre. There are also two large rehearsal halls that have evolved into smaller performance venues to meet the needs of smaller theatre companies whose works require a more intimate setting. Pavilion support operations include providing box office services, front-of-house management, online marketing and ticketing services through Boston Theatre Scene, and technical production support.

Population(s) Served

The Huntington has produced over 110 regional, American, and world premieres and is an acknowledged leader in the cultivation of new voices for the American theatre. In 2013 the Huntington received the Regional Theatre Tony Award, not only for sustained excellence in theatre, but also for its work to bring new plays to life. In the 2017-18 season, we are producing two world premieres and one New England premiere. The Huntington Playwriting Fellows program selects four playwrights to participate in a two-year cohort during which they share work at bi-weekly meetings, have access to the Huntington's artistic staff, and have opportunities to develop their work in the Breaking Ground reading series or the Summer Development Workshop. Huntington Playwriting Fellow Melinda Lopez is in a playwright residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where her primary objective is to write plays and participate in other new play development activities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Regional Theatre Tony Award 2013

American Theatre Wing

Affiliations & memberships

League of Resident Theatres (LORT)

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    110,000+ patrons at mainstage productions 37 Huntington Playwriting Fellows 30,000 students in 150+ schools 3,700 Huntington Community Membership Initiative participants affiliated with 245+ partnering organizations 4,500 patrons with accessibility concerns 78 partnering arts organizations performing and rehearsing at Huntington venues at heavily-subsidized rates

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


Huntington Theatre Company Inc.

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Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. David Epstein

The Abbey Group

Term: 2020 - 2023

Board co-chair

Ms. Sharon Malt

Linda Waintrup

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Strategic Advisory Services

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Mary Wolfson

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Kate Taylor

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.