Centrally located at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston’s historic South End, SpeakEasy Stage is the perfect destination for a night of good food, good theatre and good company. In this section, you’ll find more information on how to get to us, where to park, where to eat before the show, and what to see in the meantime. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at 617-482-3279, or [email protected]
Map & Directions
Directions by Public Transportation
MBTA Orange Line
Take the T to Back Bay Station. Exit the station on the Clarendon Street side. At Clarendon Street, turn right. Walk to Tremont Street (you will cross Columbus Avenue, Appleton Street, Warren Avenue, and Montgomery Street). At Tremont Street, turn left and walk one block. The BCA will be on the left.
MBTA Green Line
Take the T to the Copley stop. Walk one block down Boylston Street with the traffic (Copley Square will be to your right) to Clarendon Street. Turn right on Clarendon Street and walk to Tremont Street. (You will pass the Hancock Tower, the Hard Rock Cafe, Columbus Avenue, Appleton Street, Warren Avenue, and Montgomery Street.) At Tremont Street, turn left and walk one block. The BCA will be on the left.
MBTA Bus #43
The #43 bus travels along Tremont Street between Park Square and Dudley Square. Ask the bus driver for the proper stop.
Directions by Car
From Storrow Drive Eastbound
Take the Copley exit onto Clarendon Street. Continue along Clarendon; at Tremont Street, turn left. The BCA is on the first block on the left.
From Storrow Drive Westbound
Take the Copley exit and turn right onto Beacon Street. Take the first left onto Clarendon Street. Continue along Clarendon; at Tremont Street, turn left. The BCA is on the first block on the left.
From Route 93 Southbound
Take the I-90 exit, Exit 20, towards Worcester/Albany Street. Take the Albany Street exit on the left towards South Boston. Turn a slight right onto Albany Street. Turn right onto East Berkeley Street. Turn left onto Tremont Street. The BCA is on the first block on your right.
From Route 93 Northbound
Take Exit 20 towards I-90. Take the Frontage Road exit on the left towards South Station. Make a slight right onto New Frontage Road/Frontage Road. Turn left onto East Berkeley Street. Turn left onto Tremont Street. The BCA is on the first block on your right.
From the Massachusetts Turnpike
Take the Copley Square exit. Turn right onto Dartmouth Street. Turn left onto Tremont Street. The BCA is on the third block on your left.
Street parking can be difficult to find in the South End. If you are driving and plan to park on the street, we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes early to find a spot.
Valet parking is available for $30 for many evening performances starting at 6pm through Exclusive Valet (617 421-9565). The valet stand is directly in front of the entrance to the Cyclorama at the BCA. Many local restaurants also offer valet parking and will keep your car while you enjoy both a meal and a show.
Parking Near the BCA/Calderwood Pavilion
There are several parking garages within walking distance of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA:
Atelier 505 Garage
505 Tremont Street (entrance to the garage is located on Warren Avenue, at the rear of the facility).
Monday-Saturday: $24 for 2-10 hours.
Monday – Wednesday after 6PM: $16.
Thursday – Friday after 6PM: $20.
Sunday: $21 all day.
This garage often fills up early and does not validate. 617 262-8426. www.pilgrimparking.com
Back Bay Garage
Entrance on Clarendon Street between Boylston and St. James Streets. Special $7 rate for evenings and weekends. Validation required from Box Office for weekend parking only. 617 266-7006.
Dartmouth Street Garage
126 Dartmouth Street. Special $8 parking rate available after 5PM, Monday – Friday. Patron must surrender ticket stub when exiting garage. At all other times, parking rate is $9 per hour. 617 266-9046.
Garage @ 100 Clarendon
- $10 parking after 5pm 7 days a week. This is a regular rate and no validation is needed.
- $17 parking all day Saturday and Sunday with validation.
- $17 parking 12:30pm-6:30pm on Wednesdays with validation. Valid only for Huntington Wednesday matinee performances at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
Validation is available before the show at the Calderwood Pavilion Box Office. (If you forget to validate your ticket pre-show, please contact a Front of House staff member for assistance.) Garage office cannot reimburse for tickets that are not validated. 100 Clarendon Street. 617 275 0151. 100clarendon.com.
Open Lots on Berkeley Street
There are two open parking lots on Berkeley Street at Columbus Avenue, across from the Salvation Army. Open until 10pm.
SpeakEasy wants to make our shows accessible to all fans of the arts. To make that possible, we offer a wide range of amenities and accommodations for all visitors to the theatre.
The Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts is fully accessible. The Virginia Wimberly Theatre can accommodate both wheelchair and companion seating in the orchestra and mezzanine sections. The Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre can accommodate up to four wheelchair seats, depending on the seating configuration. There are accessible restrooms on both levels of the Calderwood Pavilion. The Atelier 505 Parking Garage provides handicapped parking in close proximity to the Calderwood Pavilion.
The Box Office utilizes a TTY machine for Deaf individuals to place incoming telephone communication. Ticket orders‚ subscriptions‚ and special event information may be obtained by calling 617 424–0694 (TTY) or by faxing 617 421–9674.
Assistive Listening Devices
The Calderwood Pavilion is equipped with an FM hearing enhancement system. Wireless headphones are available free of charge at the main lobby concessions. Assistive listening devices are made available to patrons at all performances.
Sensory Friendly Performances
SpeakEasy is dedicated to offering programming that can be enjoyed by all members of the community, including those on the autism spectrum or with other sensory or communication disorders. Performances of this nature include pre-show social story resources, adjusted production elements (sound and lights), access to a quiet room, fidget materials, and more. Check back soon for more information on upcoming “relaxed” performances.
Additional Access Programs
SpeakEasy is always looking to increase the services we provide to make our productions accessible for all. We have a number of access initiatives planned for the coming season. Check back soon for more information, or email our Community Programs Manager Alex Lonati at [email protected] with any questions.
As part of SpeakEasy’s mission to bring thought-provoking and challenging works to the community, we partner with local high schools, middle schools, and advocacy organizations to provide student matinees at a discounted or zero-cost rate that supplements the educational experience. The productions in SpeakEasy’s matinee series are carefully curated, with particular attention paid to whether the show will be suitable for student audiences. We also work with teachers and schools to focus on more than just the productions themselves, and talk about themes that supplement the work already done in the classroom. We offer post-show Q&A’s, curriculum packets, and post-show discussions with artists. Our goal is to challenge students to think critically, and perhaps differently, about the experiences they have every day.
“Students returned with great enthusiasm about the performance. Students in our choral and band programs were inspired by the authentic performances and an opportunity to experience music and the arts in a professional space. [Other students], who were not able to attend, actually lobbied to be able to!”
–Dania Vasquez, Instructor (Margarita Muñiz Academy)
In our 2018-2019, SpeakEasy brought in nearly 800 students to see matinee performances of Fun Home and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play. Thanks to generous funding from MassHousing and Berkshire Bank, the vast majority of those students were from public schools around Boston, and attended at no cost. This year, SpeakEasy will hold matinees for our fall productions of Choir Boy and Admissions.
To receive more information about SpeakEasy’s Student Matinee Series, or arrange for a group, contact our Community Programs Manager, Alex Lonati, at [email protected]
Click on the titles below for more details.
Date: Wednesday October 2, Tuesday October 8, and Wednesday October 9 @ 10AM
Style: Coming of age story, play with a capella gospel music and step dancing
Themes: Staying true to oneself, LGBTQ identity, racial expectations, friendship
Venue: Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street (seats 210)
Dates: Wednesday November 6 and Wednesday November 20 @ 10AM
Style: Relevant, biting dramedy
Themes: Privilege, personal ambition, owning one’s beliefs
Venue: Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street (seats 210)
SpeakEasy Stage Curriculum Guide will be available for download soon!
From Jay P. Greene, Collin Hitt, Anne Kraybill and Cari A. Bogulski’s article Learning from Live Theater in Education Next, 2015.
To read full article, click here.