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The Hemenway Project

The Hemenway Project* is an ambitious plan for The Boston Conservatory to expand and renovate the existing theater building at 31 Hemenway Street and dramatically improve the instructional and performance space and experience for students, faculty and patrons. The project will include:

  • Two new large-volume dance studios
  • A new theater studio which will double as a reception area for special events
  • One new music rehearsal and performance space for large ensembles
  • A new orchestra pit
  • New theater seating
  • Improved sight lines
  • Improved wing space
  • Handicapped accessibility
  • New climate control
  • Increased ceiling height, a new control booth, new theatrical lighting and rigging, and a host of acoustical refinements in the theater

*Funding for the Hemenway Project has been provided, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Additional foundation support has been provided by the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, Cabot Family Charitable Trust, Paul & Virginia Cabot Foundation, Clementi Family Charitable Trust, Cricket Foundation, Ensign-Bickford Foundation, Jephson Educational Trusts, Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Fund, Edwin S. Webster Foundation.

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  • Two Week Look-Ahead
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Progress & Milestones

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • "Topping Off" Ceremony
  • Progress Photos


  • Making a Gift
  • Naming Opportunities

"We have a great opportunity to transform this theater building and dramatically improve the learning and performing experience for our students, faculty and audiences. This project will also be a significant part of the Fenway Cultural District and a real gift to the city."

—Richard Ortner, President of The Boston Conservatory

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