On October 6, 2016 ArtsEmerson and Emerson College renamed the Paramount main stage the “Robert J. Orchard Stage” in honor of Rob’s incredible career in the arts and for the tremendous gift of founding our organization. The Boston Globe wrote that Orchard, “put a global face on Boston theater by attracting dazzling talent from all over the world while becoming a magnet for cutting-edge new work by national artists” via his work with ArtsEmerson. In 2013, WBUR reported, “in four short years, [they] have established ArtsEmerson as one of the most important cultural institutions in New England.” Mayor Marty Walsh declared October 6, 2016 Robert J. Orchard day in Boston. You can view the proclamation below. Above, watch the video tribute created in honor of last night’s “World Alive Celebration” in honor of Rob.
Thank you, Rob. We salute you!
The Emerson College Stage Namesakes: (l to r) Robert J Orchard, ArtsEmerson Founder (Robert J. Orchard Stage at The Paramount Center), Ted Cutler, Emerson College Trustee and alumnus, and Chairman of Outside the Box festival (The Cutler Majestic Theatre), Jackie Liebergott, President of Emerson College (1993-2011) (The Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre) – Photo by Craig Bailey
The ArtsEmerson Leadership Team with the President of Emerson College: (l to r) David C. Howse, Robert J. Orchard, President M. Lee Pelton, P. Carl, David Dower
Photo by Paul Marotta
Mayor Marty Walsh’s official proclamation.
Thank you to the World Alive campaign chairs for making all of this possible!