On Stage: Performance Venues, Theaters and Theater Companies Around the Region
Center for the Arts
George Mason University
Route 123 and Braddock Road
The center offers music, theater and dance by local and internationally recognized performers.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
Route 193 (University Boulevard)
and Stadium Drive
College Park 20742
This 318,000-square-foot performing arts center on the campus of the University of Maryland features six performance halls that vary in size from a 100-seat laboratory theater to a 1,100-seat concert hall. It is home to the university's School of Music and the theater and dance departments, and it hosts performances by world-renowned artists in chamber and early music, world music, jazz, dance and theater. Community artists and schoolchildren are also featured in the center's programs and performances.
Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda 20852
Part of the Montgomery County-sponsored Strathmore arts center, situated on a Beltway-accessible 11-acre expanse on Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. The Mansion houses a 100-seat "acoustically superb" music room, exhibition spaces, an outdoor concert pavilion and sculpture gardens, a tea room and gift shop.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
An outdoor concert venue designed into a 40-acre woodland setting by architect Frank Gehry. It is midway between Washington and Baltimore. Lawn and pavilion seating can accommodate an audience of more than 15,000.
Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda 20852
A 1,976-seat concert hall and education center. Performances include nationally known acts playing folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes and classical music. Resident artistic partner organizations (BSO, WPAS, National Philharmonic, Strathmore Presents, Levine School of Music, CityDance Ensemble and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra) present performances in the Concert Hall and classes in the Education Center.
7800 Cellar Door Dr.
The performing arts venue has a capacity of 25,000.
Patriot Center at George Mason University
4500 Patriot Circle
The 10,000-seat arena hosts GMU basketball games, commencement ceremonies, performances and special events.
Round House Theatre Bethesda
4545 East West Highway
A 400-seat theater in downtown Bethesda featuring premieres, current works and contemporary adaptations of the classics, with emphasis on literature-based, language-rich plays. The Round House also offers student matinees, a theater school, an arts day camp and other programs.
601 F St. NW
Home of the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards, the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals, the Women's National Basketball Association's Washington Mystics and college basketball's Georgetown Hoyas. Hosts other sporting events, concerts and family shows.
Wolf Trap Foundation
For the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Rd.
Ticket sales: 877-965-3872
The Wolf Trap Foundation presents a full range of performing arts and arts-in-education programs, including the Wolf Trap Opera Company and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and includes two performance spaces, the Filene Center, at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and the Barns at Wolf Trap.
Theaters and Theater Companies
1101 Sixth St. SW
Box office: 202-488-3300
Arena Stage specializes in American theater. Two main stages include the Fichandler Stage, with 816 seats, and the Kreeger Theater, which has 514 seats.
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Rock Creek Park
16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW
The National Park Service owns this outdoor venue for the performing arts.
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D St. NW
Box office: 202-638-2661
The 1929 landmark building, which was constructed for the annual convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is the largest concert hall in the District, seating 3,700.
511 10th St. NW
Box office: 202-347-4833
Group sales: 202-638-2367
Group sales fax: 202-638-1001
Administration fax: 202-347-6269
Plays and musicals are still presented in this historic theater where President Abraham Lincoln was shot.
John F. Kennedy Center
For the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
The Kennedy Center offers music, dance and theater and is home to the National Symphony Orchestra. Other affiliated groups include the Washington National Opera, Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington Ballet, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Master Chorale of Washington, Washington Chorus, Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, Vocal Arts Society and Young Concert Artists. Daily performances at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage are free.
1215 U St. NW
Opened in 1922 as a theater for African American audiences, this restored 1,250-seat venue hosts a variety of performances.
George Washington University
730 21st St. NW
The 1,500-seat venue hosts music, theater and dance performances.
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
This historic theater, seating 1,676, features music, stage productions and a summer cinema series.
Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd.
Box office: 301-924-3400
Administrative offices: 301-924-4485
Offering 20th-century American classics, new works and interpretations of classics and musicals. In rural Montgomery County and accessible to theatergoers in Washington, Baltimore and Frederick.
The theater opened in July 1938 with summer-only productions and now presents shows year-round on four stages: New Mainstage, capacity 429; Historic Stage, capacity 445; Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, capacity 150-200; and the outdoor Root Family Stage at Bill's Place, capacity 250.
450 Seventh St. NW
202-547-1122. Toll free: 877-487-8849
The 451-seat theater has a resident troupe.
1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 111
The theater, with a capacity of 1,847, offers performances by national and international recording artists as well as theatrical, dance and television presentations.
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo 20812
Since 1952, this organization has presented professional live theater, classes and theatrical arts workshops for children and families.
4041 S. 28th St.
Productions are geared to family audiences, with the goal of involving children in theater arts at an early age. Studio is at 2788 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Suite 110.
Encore Stage & Studio
2515 N. Randolph St.
This organization aims to introduce young people to all aspects of theater. Five performances a year produced by children and for children take place in the Children's Theatre. Young Actors Studio offers school-year classes and summer programs. Act III presents summer workshops for teenagers 15 and older, and for adults.
4908 Auburn Ave.
Box office: 301-280-1660
This family arts center provides professional theater and arts education for children.
Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre
1900 Elkin St., Suite 210
Children's shows are performed at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.
5445 Landover Rd.
This county-owned theater offers performing arts for all ages as well as a monthly Saturday movie accompanied by live entertainment for children.
7300 MacArthur Blvd. (at Goldsboro Road)
Glen Echo 20812
Founded in 1983, this theater for children presents puppetry as an art form. Hand puppets, rod puppets, body puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets are used in fully staged productions.