Rent Our Spaces
Host your next event at Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University. We have multiple space use options including the theater, our lobby and the Towne Art Gallery space. Our venue is available for daily and weekly rental by performing arts companies, concert promoters, fundraisers, business meeting planners, and others for a variety of special presentations both public and private.
Our venue seats 600 guests with approximately 250 in the orchestra section and 350 in the mezzanine section. The theater is located in the heart of Boston’s Fenway district, we’re just blocks away from the heart of Kenmore Square, Fenway Park, excellent restaurants and shops, hotels and major colleges, as well as walking distance to the Longwood Medical area (Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Joslin Clinic). The theater is also easily accessible by public transportation or by car, with additional paid parking available nearby.
In addition to the rental of our venue, we can also provide technical support, ticketing services, and equipment rental for your event.
The Theater Space
- Seating capacity: 600 maximum, approximately 250 orchestra section; 350 mezzanine section
- Proscenium stage measuring 46′ wide by 43′ deep with a full rigging system
- Repertory lighting plot available
- Traditional flooring
- Video & AV projection
- House sound system
- Dressing Room and Green Room space for approximately 15 people
- Orchestra pit accommodates up to 9 musicians and a conductor
- Box office services
The Theater Lobby
Our lobby is available for rental during the daytime, “off” nights and dark weeks. Our lobby is perfect for a pre or post event reception and can accommodate up to 175 guests for a standing reception and approximately 75 guests for a seated event. The space has a travertine floor. This space can be rented with or without use of the theater.
The Towne Art Gallery
Located one level below our theatre lobby, the Towne Art Gallery is an open space perfect for intimate holiday parties, wine tastings or other small events. The space can accommodate approximately 75 people for a standing reception and approximately 40 guests for a seated event. The space has a carpeted floor and walls that can utilized for display of artwork or other materials.
Booking typically opens in February for the following academic year (September to May) and continues on a rolling basis. Our calendar includes all the WFT@BU mainstage and ensemble performances as well as BU classes and rehearsals. Please include any necessary setup and rehearsal time in your request. Please contact KOrr@bu.edu for more information.
Rates are by quote only. They are based on the amount of time you need the theatre as well as the services required to produce your event. Based on the information gathered during the inquiry process, we can provide clients with an estimate if dates are available.
Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University requires that clients take out and maintain insurance during the period of rental of the WFT@BU space. Specific insurance requirements can be provided during the inquiry process.
For those clients who are unable to satisfy the University insurance requirements, the University will make available as an option a Tenant Users Liability Insurance Program (TULIP)—which will enable clients to purchase a special, short-term liability insurance policy that will provide protection for the client’s entity and satisfy the University’s insurance requirement. Please inquire during the booking process if you are interested in learning more about the TULIP program.
One of our full-time production staff will coordinate in advance all the details of your event or show with you, and our dedicated and trained production staff will support you in setting up the stage and running lights and sound.
There’s no better way to greet your patrons than with the friendly smiling faces of our student usher staff. Beginning one hour prior to your event, these ushers can take tickets, hand out programs, assist in seating, and provide general information to your guests.