About the Lenfest Center

The Lenfest Center for the Arts, home of the department of theater, 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.

The original building, now known as Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Hall, features two theaters, the Keller Theatre and the Johnson Theatre, and also houses teaching classrooms, faculty offices, and theatrical support facilities such as the scene shop, the costume shop and modest storage.

John and Anne Wilson Hall, named for former Washington and Lee president John D. Wilson and his wife Anne, is the most recent gem in the University’s crown of the arts. Housing the departments of Music and Art, Wilson Hall also contains a 300-seat state of the art Concert Hall which plays host not only to the University’s many student, faculty, and ensemble groups, but also world renowned concert artists. The Staniar Art Gallery is also an excellent venue for the works of student, faculty and professional artists.

H.F. (Gerry) and Marguerite Lenfest of Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania were the principal patrons of the facility. Mr. Lenfest is a 1953 graduate of Washington and Lee.

Lenfest Hall Venues

Stan Kamen Gallery

The Stan Kamen Collection was bequeathed to Washington and Lee in 1986 by Stan Kamen '49 LL.B. The collection is permanently installed in the lobby of the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts and is regularly rotated for conservation purposes. The collection offers a view of the American West and particularly the "Old West" that has been created by some of America's foremost 20th-century artists.

Keller Theatre, Lenfest Hall

The Keller Theatre is a 415 seat proscenium theatre. The proscenium opening is 41' wide by 24' tall. The stage area behind the curtain is 30' deep by 77' wide. Equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, full theater rigging, a superb sound system, and elevator type orchestra lift, the Keller boasts an impressive stage house capable of handling most performances.

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Dance Studio

The newly created dance studio is located at 109 South Jefferson Avenue, the former print shop for the Lexington News-Gazette. Since its inauguration six years ago, the dance program at W&L has grown to include a dance minor and expanded academic course offerings. It has won prestigious awards for "outstanding creative works" from the American College Dance Festival and has received national attention for its work in aerial dance. The building's structure has enabled it to be rigged permanently for aerial dance, making silk ropes, harnesses and bungees available to the dancers at any time. A special sprung floor has been installed to make it safer for dancers to move on and jump repetitively without being hurt. Double-sided mirrors can be used to split the room in half so that two dance classes can be held at the same time.

Costume Shop

The Costume Shop is located in the basement of the Lenfest Center directly across the hall from the dressing rooms. It is fully equipped for alterations and full construction in sewing and costume crafts. The Department of Theater buys, rents, builds and utilizes stock items from their collection to satisfy the needs of productions.

Dressing Rooms

The theaters are serviced by two large choral dressing rooms each capable of holding 15 people. The dressing rooms are equipped with bathrooms and showers.

The Scene Shop is the classroom for Fundamentals of Theater Art I & II. Scenery and properties for all the department of theater shows are built and painted here. The shop is well equipped with all manner of tools allowing for the safe and efficient construction of scenery. The shop operates from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Maslansky Rehearsal Hall

The Maslansky Rehearsal Hall is one of the busiest spaces in the Lenfest Center. The Rehearsal Hall serves as the classroom for Acting I & II and Directing I & II. It is the rehearsal space for department of theater productions before they move to the theaters and it is the rehearsal space for some of the W&L Dance classes.

Johnson Theatre, Lenfest Hall

The Johnson Theatre is a 48 ft. x 58 ft. flexible "black box" theater. The space may be arranged in any configuration desired by the director and designer including proscenium, arena and thrust. The theater is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound.

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Wilson Hall Venues

Wilson Concert Hall

Wilson Hall contains a 300 seat, state-of-the-art Concert Hall which plays host not only to the University's many student, faculty, and ensemble groups, but also world renowned concert artists.

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Staniar Gallery

The Staniar Art Gallery is a beautiful new site in Wilson Hall and an excellent venue for the works of student, faculty and professional artists.

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