Community Guides

On Stage: Performance Venues, Theaters and Theater Companies Around the Region

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Performance Venues

Center for the Arts

George Mason University

Route 123 and Braddock Road

Fairfax 22030


Fax: 703-993-8650

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.

Columbia 21044


Fax: 410-715-5560

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.

Nissan Pavilion

7800 Cellar Door Dr.

Bristow 20136


The performing arts venue has a capacity of 25,000.

Patriot Center at George Mason University

4500 Patriot Circle

Fairfax 22030


The 10,000-seat arena hosts GMU basketball games, commencement ceremonies, performances and special events.

Round House Theatre Bethesda

4545 East West Highway

Bethesda 20814


Fax: 240-644-1101

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.

Verizon Center

601 F St. NW

Washington 20004


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.

Vienna 22182

Ticket sales: 877-965-3872

Information: 703-255-1900

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

Arena Stage

1101 Sixth St. SW

Washington 20024

Box office: 202-488-3300

Administration: 202-554-9066

TTY: 202-484-0247

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

Washington 20011


Tickets: 202-397-7328

The National Park Service owns this outdoor venue for the performing arts.

DAR Constitution Hall

1776 D St. NW

Washington 20006


Box office: 202-638-2661

Events: 202-628-4780

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.

Ford's Theatre

511 10th St. NW

Washington 20004

Box office: 202-347-4833

Fax: 202-347-2561

Group sales: 202-638-2367

Group sales fax: 202-638-1001

Administration: 202-638-2941

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

Washington 20566



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.

Lincoln Theatre

1215 U St. NW

Washington 20009


Tickets: 202-397-7328

Opened in 1922 as a theater for African American audiences, this restored 1,250-seat venue hosts a variety of performances.

Lisner Auditorium

George Washington University

730 21st St. NW

Washington 20052


Fax: 202-994-6906

The 1,500-seat venue hosts music, theater and dance performances.

National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington 20004


Tickets: 800-447-7400

This historic theater, seating 1,676, features music, stage productions and a summer cinema series.

Olney Theatre Center

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd.

Olney 20832

Box office: 301-924-3400

Administrative offices: 301-924-4485

Fax: 301-924-2654

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.

Shakespeare Theatre

450 Seventh St. NW

Washington 20004

202-547-1122. Toll free: 877-487-8849

TTY: 202-638-3863

Fax: 202-638-3869

The 451-seat theater has a resident troupe.

Warner Theatre

1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 111

Washington 20004

Ticketmaster: 202-397-7328

Fax: 202-783-0204

Theater: 202-783-4000

The theater, with a capacity of 1,847, offers performances by national and international recording artists as well as theatrical, dance and television presentations.

Children's Theater

Adventure Theatre

Glen Echo Park

7300 MacArthur Blvd.

Glen Echo 20812


Fax: 301-320-3108

Since 1952, this organization has presented professional live theater, classes and theatrical arts workshops for children and families.

Classika Theatre

4041 S. 28th St.

Arlington 22206


Fax: 703-824-4827


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.

Arlington 22207


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.

Imagination Stage

4908 Auburn Ave.

Bethesda 20814


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

Alexandria 22308


Fax: 703-360-9722

Children's shows are performed at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

Publick Playhouse

5445 Landover Rd.

Cheverly 20784


TTY: 301-277-0312

This county-owned theater offers performing arts for all ages as well as a monthly Saturday movie accompanied by live entertainment for children.

Puppet Co.

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.

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