From our origins as a children’s theater to the dynamic, multi-faceted organization you see today, Theater in the Open continually evolves to meet the community’s needs. Under its current leadership, Theater in the Open is delivering on all aspects of its mission — as a professional theater company, as a center for youth arts education and as a community partner with the vision to create art that is accessible to all. In 2017, Theater in the Open was named the curator for the Gatekeeper's House by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, a 20 year lease that makes Theater in the Open guardians of the historic house, and responsible for maintaining and improving the building. Theater in the Open is committed to making lasting, historically conscious improvements to the Gatekeeper's House, to preserve it for generations to come. 


Our Headquarters

The Gatekeeper's House, historically called the Forester's House, was constructed in 1903 at the southwest corner of the Maudsleigh Estate, and served as a welcoming location to visitors to the Maudsleigh Estate. The house was designed by William Gibbons Rantoul of the Boston firm, Jacques & Rantoul. Rantoul’s distinctive Shingle style can be seen throughout the remaining estate buildings. Theater in the Open established its headquarters at the house in 1987 under the artistic directorship of Theresa Linnihan. 

The future of the Gatehouse

After being named Curators, Theater in the Open dove into renovating the property. See our progress and our future projects below.

Our First step: Porch REMODELING

After years of falling into disrepair, the first improvement to the Gatekeeper's House was tearing down the dilapidated porch and replacing it with a new porch, designed by Vesta Architecture and constructed by BLB Custom Builders over a period of weeks at the beginning of summer, 2018. Below are a few pictures of the progress, which will be entirely completed by the beginning of September, 2018.

Coming fall 2018: A new roof on the garage

The next project as part of the Gatekeeper's House refurbishment is to replace the roof and shingling on the garage, adjacent to the Gatekeeper's House. This project will begin in the fall of 2018.