facebook twitter

Directions

Address

Media Arts Center
1234 Columbus Ave.
Roxbury, MA  02120

Driving

Starting on Route 93 (Southeast Expressway). From Rt. 93 (Southeast Expressway) take exit 18, Mass. Ave. Roxbury. Follow the off ramp which becomes Melnea Cass Blvd. Be sure to stay in the middle lane. Take a left at Tremont Street which becomes Columbus Avenue. Follow Columbus Avenue for approximately 1/2 mile. Look for the Media/Arts Center on your left. Parking is available at the Cedar Street lot (corner of Cedar Street and Columbus Avenue).

Public Transportation (MBTA)

From Downtown Boston take Orange Line toward Forest Hills. Get off at the Roxbury Crossing station. The Mainstage theatre is located across the street on Columbus Avenue.

 

History

Using the arts to engage students, leadership and social change

About Roxbury Repertory Theater

Marshall Hughes and Robbie McCauley founded the Roxbury Repertory Theater in 2005, a theater company of Roxbury Community College.  The founders wanted to build a company made of non-union artists, performers and technicians who could bring their unique backgrounds and new opinions to theater.  This collaboration of talent resulted in an organization formed with individuals of diverse age, race and experience that extends the presence of the College’s Media Arts Center into Greater Boston and surrounding communities.

It is the mission of Roxbury Repertory Theater and Roxbury Community College to work with its students and faculty, and the community at large to connect live theater to the college classroom and provide a free or “deeply discounted” high-quality theater experience for young audiences in Greater Boston and beyond. Roxbury Rep carries out this work in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, suburban school districts in Massachusetts, private schools and community organization’s serving the educational, cultural and social development of youth. The company strives to serve the community by engagement and interaction with school-aged youth, college students and the broader adult community, with a particular focus on serving youth ages 9 – 21.  Through its productions it is able to initiate important discussions around issues of special significance to the community and inspire learning for all involved.

Since its inception, the Roxbury Repertory Theater has hosted a menu of signature programs:   “The Endless Knot:” Dance, Theater and Creative Arts After-School Program is the RRT’s flagship initiative made possible through its collaboration with The Boston Public Schools; RCC Summer Arts Intensive, a Dance and Theater Program: in addition to its school-year work with the BPS, the Roxbury Rep’s Summer Arts Intensive (SAI) is designed as a four-week intensive experience for elementary, middle and high school students age 8-16; and
“Talk Back” Student Matinees: the company gears its Mainstage Theater season around the reading and language arts curriculum mandated for Massachusetts schools.  From that flows at least two major productions per season, with “Talk Backs” included, to engage young audiences. Through these programs, each year the Roxbury Rep serves over 2000 secondary school students from elementary through high school. The company also provides a full schedule of Mainstage Theater Productions for the entire community that are free or offered at deeply discounted rates.

Other signature projects include 6 Playwrights in Search of a Stage, six new 10-minute plays by playwrights local and international. This event attracts audiences from the greater community. Each year the event names a Playwright Laureate the list of honored playwrights include Jon Lipsky, Michelle A. Gabow, Kate Snodgrass, Wendy Kesselman, and Elizabeth Falk. The inclusion of their work to the evening of performances increases audience capacity.    

About the Resnikoff Gallery

In 2004, a generous gift was given to the Media Arts building by artist and longtime contributor to the college Joan Resnikoff.  The funds were used to create the President’ GreatRoom, The Green Room, and to refurbish the lobby of the Media Arts building to a formal gallery space. Under the guidance of architect George Anastapalo, walls and lights were installed to be both utilitarian and art-enhancing.  With the natural light by day, improved evening lighting, and the very visible location of the space, the gallery became a focal point for college, community, and attracts viewers both by invitation and pedestrian traffic.

The mission of the gallery is to give the viewer a sampling of art and design by students, rising and established artists.  It encourages critical thinking and visual simulation from both audience and artist.  Included in the curated gallery are student exhibits, and professional artist such as Gail Bos, Carol Daynard, Mary Harvey, Lou Jones, and Don West. Included in the seasonal art exhibits, the gallery also serves as a reception area and lecture hall.

Link to College

Coming Soon

Mission

ToKillaMockingbird004

The Mission of the Media Arts Center is to engage, encourage, and educate the college and the   community through fine, visual, and performing arts. Further, to enhance and enlighten the community through civic engagement, which will heighten creativity and foster critical thinking.

Welcome

MarshallHughs banner

Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center is currently undergoing renovations. As the 2017-18 season of art, theater and community engagement opens, I invite you to stop in and experience the energy and excitement in the newly renovated Media Arts Building.  We think you’ll notice and experience a remarkable transformation in the Mainstage Theater and throughout the building.  

The college once again welcome photographer Lou Jones as he opens the Resnikoff Gallery’s 2017-18 Art Exhibitions. The exhibit opens September/October, with the artist’s reception TBD. 

Fall production include James Scruggs' 3/5ths in collaboration with Roxbury Repertory Theater and Sleeping Weasel Theater in October 2017. 3/fifths comes to us after premiering, and produced by 3LD Art & Technology Center, NYC. 3/FIFTHS is a comprehensive theatrical exploration of root causes and continued violence perpetrated against men of color, and America’s fascination with the virtual weaponization of black skin. In February, mirriring this performance will be Robbie McCauley’s OBIE Award winning Sally’s Rape which tells the story of her great grandmother’s life on the plantation and the play examines the issue of racism in America through the recounting of the life the author's great-great-grandmother, a slave on a Georgia plantation. Although exerpts and readings have been shown, these two plays will be Boston premieres. Roxbury Repertory Theater will also mount the iconic A Raisin In The Sun in the spring of 2018.

Our regular favorites return, including the Summer Arts Intensive for kids ages10 to 15, and our popular 6 Playwrights In Search of a Stage returns with six new ten minute plays. We encourage you playwrights to submit your scripts for consideration. Whether through civic or cultural engagements, you are encouraged to become involved and inspired as we present thought provoking and spirited conversation in the fine and performing arts. As we plan to bring all manner of visual performing and fine art  back into the spaces, we invite you to “Come Enjoy the Pleasure of Our Company

  
Looking forward,
Marshall Hughes



 

More Articles ...

  1. About Us