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New Stagecraft Program Looks to Open Arts Careers to All

view of Cutler Majestic Theatre from backstage
Photo/Derek Palmer

Emerson’s Office of the Arts is teaming up with the Boston Arts Summer Institute (BASI) to offer a pilot program aimed at strengthening the creative economy and increasing equity and diversity in performing arts.

The Massachusetts Arts Stagecraft Initiative (MASI) is a paid professional development program geared toward groups traditionally underrepresented in theatre/stagecraft but open to all applicants over 18. It will run August 28 to December 22, at Emerson.

“The mission of MASI is to ensure a career in stagecraft and the arts is accessible to those who may not otherwise consider it as a career option,” said David Howse, Vice President for the Office of the Arts and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson.

MASI curriculum will include a combination of industry background, stagecraft courses across three disciplines (lighting, audio, and video), and mentorship and placement with partner institutions.

The program will focus on candidates in Boston and nearby communities, particularly those who have left or finished high school within the past six years. No experience in live events or productions is necessary; applications are due Friday, July 21.

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