BOSTON JULY 13-21, 2013


There are a few obvious things in Boston that stand as testament to the vision and support of Ted Cutler and his late wife Joan, like the magnificently restored 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre, and the striking new home of the Greater Boston Food Bank that looms over the Southeast Expressway. And there is the ongoing rebuilding of Emerson College’s campus that reflects Ted’s commitment to and love of Boston.

Ted Cutler with singer, songwriter & actor, Harry Belafonte.

Ted Cutler with singer, songwriter & actor, Harry Belafonte

Ted Cutler with City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Ted Cutler with City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Ted Cutler with City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Ted Cutler with Secretary of State John Kerry.

A Dorchester native and Emerson College alumnus (where he is a Trustee, former Chairman of the Board, and still maintains an office), Ted is among the city’s most involved philanthropists, a man whose leadership and largesse have bolstered a host of causes and institutions including those supporting the arts and culture, civic efforts, and health and human services.

Indeed, the arts have always been a part of Ted’s life, and can be traced back to his college days when he worked his way through Emerson as a musician and bandleader. Ted became a pioneer in the music industry, forming his own cutting-edge orchestras that played the region’s biggest performance halls. Soon, Ted founded a music agency business booking acts and superstars like Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Sammy Davis Jr.

But after a long and successful career in the music, travel, and convention industries (where he was one of the co-founders of COMDEX), Ted wanted to merge his personal success with his passion for the performing arts. He felt it was time to give back to Boston and build its reputation as a city that supports the performing arts. So in 2007, the seed that became Outside The Box was planted.

For more on Ted’s vision in his own words, read on…

Q: Why does Boston need a summer arts festival?

Q: What will Outside The Box look and feel like?

Q: Will people see acts they know and familiar names?

Q: What do you hope Outside The Box accomplishes?

Q: What can people do to support the Festival?

Q: Why now?

Q: It sounds like it is all coming together in a short period
of time.