The Lenfest Center for the Arts

The Lenfest Center for the Arts, home of the Department of Theater and Dance, Music and Art and is a multi-use facility designed and equipped to accommodate a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including theater, musical theater, opera and operetta, choral and band music, dance and performance art in one energizing complex.

Since opening in 1991, the Lenfest Center has helped the University provide the fine arts component of an exceptional liberal arts education. Housing over 125 performances each year and hosting over 30,000 patrons, the center has become the region's performing arts center. Countless rehearsals and an ongoing schedule of classes make the Lenfest Center a lively and dynamic educational facility.

The history of the university's long relationship to the arts dates back to its most illustrious early donor and first namesake, George Washington. In making an important gift to the struggling school in 1796, the First President noted, "To promote literature in this rising empire, and to encourage the arts, have ever been amongst the warmest wishes of my heart. And if the donation is likely to prove a means to accomplish these ends, it will contribute to the gratification of my desires."

Upcoming Events

  • Clarence Morgan: Conversing with Time Clarence Morgan
  • Auditions - W&L Repertory Dance Company AUDITIONS: W&L Repertory Dance Company
  • Auditions - Night at the Iguana AUDITIONS: The Night of the Iguana
  • Faculty Harp Recital: Grace Bauson Faculty Harp Recital: Grace Bauson

    8:00 PM
  • Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights

    7:00 PM
  • Alan Harrell and Brad Blackham Alan Harrell and Brad Blackham

    8:00 PM
  • Play Reading Sept 26, 27 Contemporary Play Reading Series

    7:00 PM
  • Guest Piano Recital: Jonathan Cook Guest Piano Recital: Jonathan Cook

    8:00 PM
  • Parents Weekend Choral Concert Parents and Family Weekend Choral Concert

    8:00 PM
  • Parents Weekend Applied Student Recital Parents and Family Weekend Applied Student Recital

    10:00 AM
  • Parents Weekend Instrumental Ensemble Concert Parents and Family Weekend Instrumental Ensemble Concert

    8:00 PM
  • Faculty Guitar Recital: Loren Pomeroy Faculty Guitar Recital: Loren Pomeroy

    8:30 PM
  • Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble

    4:00 PM
  • Fall Choral Concert Fall Choral Concert

    8:00 PM
  • Faculty Piano Recital Faculty Piano Recital: Shuko Watanabe and Byron W. Petty

    3:00 PM
  • University Wind Ensemble University Wind Ensemble

    8:00 PM
  • Josef Albers: "Formulation: Articulation" Josef Albers
  • USSO: International Kaleidoscope University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra

    8:00 PM
  • The Night of the Iguana The Night of the Iguana

    7:30 PM & November 9, 2014 / 2:00 PM
  • Auditions - Spamalot AUDITIONS: Monty Python's Spamalot
  • Auditions - 10-Minute Plays AUDITIONS: 10-Minute Plays
  • Elizabeth Futral in Concert Elizabeth Futral in Concert

    8:00 PM
  • Bluegrass Ensemble Bluegrass Ensemble

    8:00 PM
  • Schubertiade Schubertiade

    7 PM
  • Applied Student Recital Applied Student Recital

    8:30 PM
  • University Jazz Ensemble University Jazz Ensemble

    8 PM
  • W&L Dancers Create.... W&L Dancers Create....

    7:30 PM
  • Senior Voice Recital: Kaitlyn Farley '15 Senior Voice Recital: Kaitlyn Farley '15

    3:00 PM
  • Dancing wih the Professors Dancing with the Professors

    6:00 PM
  • Holiday Pops Concert Holiday Pops Concert

    7 PM
  • Candlelight Service: Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service: Lessons and Carols

    8 PM
  • Electronic Music Ensemble Concert Electronic Music Ensemble Concert

    8 PM
  • 10-Minute Plays 10-Minute Plays

    7:30 PM
  • Travis Head: Reading Room Travis Head
  • So Good for the Soul! A Tribute to the Music of Motown So Good for the Soul!

    7:00 PM
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Concert Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Concert

    7:30 PM
  • Faculty Voice Recital: Jason Widney Faculty Voice Recital: Jason Widney

    3:00 PM
  • Marinus Ensemble Marinus Ensemble

    8:00 PM
  • Play Reading January 30,31 Contemporary Play Reading Series

    7:00 PM
  • Samite in Concert Samite in Concert

    8:00 PM
  • Mark Fox: Not in this Fool's House Mark Fox
  • King's Singers King's Singers

    8:00 PM
  • Louis Markoya: Strange Attractors Louis Markoya
  • W&L University Singers Tour Home Concert Concert W&L University Singers Tour Home

    8:00 PM
  • Autour de la Chanson Française - Terry Vosbein Nonet Autour de la Chanson Française - Terry Vosbein Nonet

    8:00 PM
  • Senior Composition Recital: Thomas Day '15 Senior Composition Recital: Thomas Day '15

    2:00 PM
  • Spamalot Monty Python's Spamalot

    7:30 PM
  • Louis Markoya: Strange Attractors Louis Markoya
  • USSO: East Meets West University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra

    8:00 PM
  • Senior Composition Recital: Jack Powers '15 Senior Composition Recital: Jack Powers '15

    3:00 PM
  • Music of the British Isles Music of the British Isles

    7:00 PM
  • Applied Student Recital Applied Student Recital

    8:30 PM
  • The Easter Symphony The Easter Symphony

    8:00 PM
  • W&L Repertory Dance Company W&L Repertory Dance Company

    7:30 PM
  • Bluegrass Ensemble Bluegrass Ensemble

    7:00 PM
  • University Jazz Ensemble University Jazz Ensemble

    8:00 PM
  • Senior Theses Exhibit Senior Theses Exhibit
  • Electronic Music Ensemble Concert Electronic Music Ensemble Concert

    8:00 PM
  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet Alonzo King LINES Ballet

    7:00 PM
  • Ardo Consort Ardo Consort

    5:00 PM
  • Play Reading May 8, 9 Contemporary Play Reading Series

    7:00 PM
  • Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble

    7:30 PM
  • Commencement Concert Commencement Concert

    8:00 PM
  • Vincent Valdez: "The Strangest Fruit" Vincent Valdez