The mission of the E. Paul Robsham, Jr. Theater Arts Center, a Division of Student Affairs, is to facilitate the learning and formation of our students. The Robsham Theater Arts Center is the primary facility for the University Community to use for artistic, cultural and lecture presentations. We believe the arts to be a crucial element of educating the whole student in the Jesuit and Catholic mission for higher education.
The E. Paul Robsham, Jr. Theater Arts Center, RTAC, as the facility is known to the general public is a nexus for learning and formation at Boston College. RTAC provides an open accepting diverse environment for students, in particular, and the University Community as a whole to present differing views and ideas while engaging in meaningful discussion.
In harmony with the Jesuit Catholic tradition of Boston College, the E. Paul Robsham, Jr. Theater Arts Center instructs and guides students in the presentation of their art, their cultures and their ideas to a broad audience in a professional manner. In doing so, RTAC encourages student learning and formation in a respectful sharing of these endeavors while enhancing skills they will use throughout their lives.
The E. Paul Robsham, Jr. Theater Arts Center enhances classroom learning by teaching students the common workplace practices they will need to work meaningfully in their professional careers. RTAC is an environment in which students will grow intellectually and spiritually by participating in the presentation and observation of new ideas.
The Robsham Theater opened in 1981 with the gala production of Camelot with the well know star of films and theater, Gordon MacRae. Dr. J. Paul Marcoux and Rev. Joe Larkin, SJ were able to see the realization of their dreams, after many years of presenting plays in a variety of campus locations none of which remotely resembled a theater, they now had a beautiful state of the arts theater facility for their use. RTAC staff is proud of the facility and the level of professional services offered. Over the years, there have been many changes to the RTAC, such as adding a permanent location for the box office to sell tickets for Theatre shows as well as for all student events, updates to the sound and lighting system, and the addition of the Brighton Dance Studio, and many more. The Robsham Theater continues to honor the memory of E. Paul Robsham, Jr. who was a student at Boston College around the time the theater was built.
Dr. Kier Byrnes
Director, Robsham Theater Arts Center
BA College of the Holy Cross, MBA Northeastern University, LPD Northeastern University
Associate Director, Robsham Theater Arts Center
BA Tufts University, MA Emerson College.
Box Office Manager
Marketing & Operations Coordinator
Robsham Theater Arts Center
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3815
Phone: (617) 552-4800
Fax: (617) 552-2740