Boston University has announced a $10 million naming gift from financier and alumnus Steve Zide and his wife, Janet, for a theater complex under construction in what will eventually be an arts campus within the university's West Campus.
Funded in part by the 2016 sale of the BU Theatre, longtime home of the Huntington Theatre Company, and designed by Boston architectural firm Elkus Manfredi, the 75,000-square-foot theater complex will include a 250-seat theater bearing the names of Janet Zide's parents, Joan and Edgar Booth, as well as production and costume shops, design labs, classrooms, and a landscaped plaza. When the complex opens, it will be the first time in decades that the college's performance and production students have been housed in the same dedicated facility.
Steve Zide is a senior private equity advisor at the New York offices of international private equity and investment capital firm Bain Capital.
"When we open the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre, we will have at the heart of our campus a state-of-the-art theater as the centerpiece for the role that the students and faculty of the School of Theatre play in fulfilling this goal," said BU president Robert A. Brown. "We are deeply grateful to the very generous gift from Steve and Jan Zide...that made it possible for us to make this project a reality."