Huntington Theatre Company Managing Director Michael Maso Wins Nonprofit Lifetime Achievement Award 


An artistic and a civic leader in Boston for over three decades, Huntington Theatre Company Managing Director was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network at its annual conference on November 2.

Michael Maso is the first winner from the arts sector for the award given to leaders of the broader nonprofit community.

Maso, who founded the theatre company in 1982, was honored for his “dedication to the nonprofit sector and his leadership and innovation within the arts community.” MASSCreative Executive Director and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Board Member Matt Wilson presented Maso with the award.

Maso has led hundreds of high quality productions earning the Huntington a Tony Award in 2013. He led a 10-year drive to build the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion theater complex at the Boston Center for the Arts, which opened in 2004.

This spring, the BU Theatre, the mainstage home of the Huntington Theatre Company was threatened with demolition after Boston University sold the building. Yet Maso, with the broader support of the arts community, led a campaign to work out a deal with the developer and the city to keep the Huntington Theatre on Huntington Avenue. The Theatre will be embarking on a $60 million capital campaign to update the theatre and the facilities.

“For the past 34 years, Michael has been a cornerstone of the arts community in Boston and the Commonwealth. Even more importantly, Michael continues to be a civic champion on a city and state level to build a more vibrant, healthy, connected, and equitable Massachusetts,” said Wilson.

Maso is a founder of StageSource, the statewide service organization for theatres, and was the President of the National League of Resident Theatres for eight years. He has helped to build an infrastructure that has put Boston on the map as a national theatre leader.

“The Huntington is a beehive of activity and Michael takes special pleasure in providing an atmosphere of innovation and creativity – many of his current staff moonlight as directors of small theatre organizations and many leaders in the nonprofit community got their start at the Huntington,” said Wilson. 

A vibrant part of the City, the Huntington:

  • Partners with the Codman Academy in Dorchester and the Huntington reaches 35,000 kids a year.
  • Is a part of the creative economy, employing 400 workers throughout the year and annually generating $19 million in revenue.
  • Creates vibrant and healthy city by bringing more than 200,000 to its theatres each year.

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