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Boston is already a theater city — let’s back what we already have

David Cromer in a Huntington Theatre production of “Our Town” at the Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts in December 2012.

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David Cromer in a Huntington Theatre production of “Our Town” at the Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts in December 2012.

After reading “Crowdedstage by Jon Garelick (Op-ed, May 12), I was struck by the author’s flawed premise. Asking whether Boston had the “resources to fulfill its potential as a major theater city” is to ignore the fact that Boston IS a major theater city with many resources for new, growing, and established theater organizations.

While I agree that theater space does sometimes come at a premium, I don’t think the answer is to create more organizations and infrastructure. Boston is notorious for underfunding the arts. Supporting existing organizations that already provide these resources would be a better solution, allowing them to strengthen the performing arts community and reduce the barrier to access for new and growing companies.

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There are several organizations in Boston that provide space for working theater artists at minimal cost, including the Boston Center for the Arts. The BCA’s main function is to provide space without the burden of market-value rent. With more than a dozen resident, emerging, and visiting companies, the BCA provides this space at below-market value.

I applaud Ted Cutler and what he has done for Boston. There is no doubt his work has created valuable performance space. But now I’d like to propose that support be focused on fostering what has already been built.

Philip W. Lovejoy

Board chairman

Boston Center for the Arts

Boston

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