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Fresh and Inventive Theater, Education and More Await at American Repertory Theater

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

As the professional theater on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, American Repertory Theater, also known as A.R.T., pushes boundaries of theater to immerse its audiences and make them a central part of the theater experience. Popular with its Boston-area patrons throughout the world, Katalin Mitchell, Director of Press and Public Relations, reports, "A.R.T. has a larger subscriber base than ever in its over 30-year history, and many of its productions are sold out."

Now is the time to purchase 2016 to 2017 season tickets for this very successful theater company, which are on sale for current season ticket holders only, and go on sale May 11 for the general public. Its award-winning productions garner an increasing number of fans, as A.R.T. has recently produced three Tony winners, one production each in 2012 and 2013 for Best Revival of a Musical and again in 2014 for Best New Play. To add to A.R.T.'s accomplishments, Diane Paulus was named one of Time's 100 Most influential people in the world in 2014.

An ingrained part of Harvard, A.R.T produces works that make you use your mind. This creativity is fostered by Harvard's President Drew Faust who believes that students must embrace the arts, which encourages them to ask and solve questions in "inventive and collaborative ways". Using this platform, A.R.T works closely with the University to teach theater courses to undergraduates. A.R.T. Artists and staff members, including the Artistic Director, teach courses in the college.

Its two-year program known as the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University is the educational arm of the A.R.T. where students take classes in acting, dramaturgy, and dramatic literature. "Auditions take place annually in four cities, and 24 students are chosen for a two-year graduate program that includes a three-month stay at that Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia and a Master's Degree from the Harvard Extension School."

OBERON is an extension of A.R.T. and used for performances where a more intimate atmosphere is needed. "But OBERON primarily serves as an incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club-theater environment," explains Mitchell. Here hundreds of performers and artists- aerialists, beat poets, food artists, tap dancers, gender-bending sketch troupes, comedians, hula-hooping burlesquers, pop-and-lock human statues, bring their work to the space each year.

A.R.T. has also just completed a multi-year residence program of work and mentorship with three local performance groups: Boston Circus Guild, Liars & Believers, and Touch Performance Art. Theater in Boston is fresh, inventive and ready to be seen.

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