The Lenfest Center for the Arts

The Lenfest Center for the Arts, home of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Film Studies and the Department of Music and Art 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 175 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

Calendar of Events

  • W&L Dancers Create.... Auditions W&L Dancers Create.... AUDITIONS
  • Artist's Talk and Reception: Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman: Geolocation: Tributes to the Data Stream
  • Gregory Parker Faculty Voice Recital Gregory Parker Faculty Voice Recital
  • Concert Guild: Cardinal Ensemble Cardinal Ensemble
  • Art Exhibit: Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman Art Exhibit: Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman: Geolocation: Tributes to the Data Stream
  • The Havana Cuba All-Stars "Cuban Nights"
  • Parents & Family Weekend Choral Concert Parents & Family Weekend Choral Concert
  • Parents/Family Weekend Instrumental Ensembles Concert Parents/Family Weekend Instrumental Ensembles Concert
  • Faith Levine Dance Master Class Faith Levine MODERN Dance Master Class and Residency
  • "Sense and Sensibility" & "Dracula" Combined Auditions "Sense and Sensibility" & "Dracula" Combined Auditions
  • Marlbrook Chamber Players Fall Concert Marlbrook Chamber Players Fall Concert
  • Master Class: Escher String Quartet Master Class: Escher String Quartet and Jason Vieauz, Guitar
  • Concert Guild: Escher Quartet & Jason Vieaux, Guitar Escher Quartet & Jason Vieaux, Guitar
  • Artist's Reception:  DECADE: Staniar Gallery's 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition Artist's Reception: DECADE
  • "The Theory of Relativity" "The Theory of Relativity"
  • Jess Burgess Dance Master Class Jess Burgess IMPROVISATION Dance Master Class
  • Fall Choral Concert Fall Choral Concert
  • Art Exhibit: DECADE: Staniar Gallery's 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition DECADE: Staniar Gallery's 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition
  • Dana Fredericks' Dance Master Class Dana Fredericks' AERIAL Dance Master Class
  • Faculty Recital - Shuko Watanabe and Tim Gaylard Fall Faculty Recital: "Two Pianos Go Russian"
  • University Wind Ensemble University Wind Ensemble: "Leaping Latitudes"
  • Jon Beal Master Class Two Workshops by Jon Beal
  • SonoKlect Paulien SonoKlect presents PAULIEN
  • University Orchestra Fall Concert University Orchestra Fall Concert
  • Bluegrass Ensemble Fall Concert Bluegrass Ensemble Fall Concert
  • W&L Dancers Create.... W&L Dancers Create....
  • Master Class: Martin Jones Master Class: Martin Jones
  • Concert Guild: Martin Jones, Pianist Concert Guild: Martin Jones, Pianist
  • Amy Van Kirk Dance Master Class Amy Van Kirk JAZZ Dance Master Class
  • Voice Recital: American Songs Voice Recital: American Songs
  • Artist's Talk and Reception: "Modern Art Goes Pop" Artist's Talk and Reception: Modern Art Goes Pop: Selections from W&L's University Collections of Art and History
  • University Jazz Ensemble University Jazz Ensemble: "Riding the Waves of Jazz"
  • Dancing with the Professors Dancing with the Professors
  • Artist's Lecture and Reception - Judith F. Baca Artist's Lecture and Reception - Judith F. Baca: Life in Motion: Borders, Migration, and Mobility in the Americas
  • Holiday Pops Concert Holiday Pops Concert
  • Candlelight Service: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • "Sense and Sensibility" "Sense and Sensibility"
  • Art Exhibit: Modern Art Goes Pop: Selections from W&L's University Collections of Art and History Modern Art Goes Pop: Selections from W&L's University Collections of Art and History
  • W&L Repertory Dance Concert Auditions W&L Repertory Dance Concert Auditions
  • Master Class: Complexions Contemporary Ballet Complexions Contemporary Ballet Master Class
  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Senior Voice Recital: Olivia Shaves '17 Senior Voice Recital: Olivia Shaves '17
  • Charlotte Boye-Christensen Dance Residency Charlotte Boye-Christensen MODERN Dance Residency
  • Romantic Masterpieces for Cello and Piano Romantic Masterpieces for Cello and Piano
  • Autumn Mist Belk Dance Master Class Autumn Mist Belk CONTEMPORARY Dance Master Class and Residency
  • The Other Mozart "The Other Mozart" written and performed by Sylvia Milo
  • Music Honors Weekend Ensembles Concert Music Honors Weekend Ensembles Concert
  • Music Honors Weekend Student Recital Music Honors Weekend Student Recital
  • Music Honors Weekend Final Concert Music Honors Weekend Final Concert
  • Artist's Talk and Reception: elin o'Hara slavick Artist's Talk and Reception: elin o'Hara slavick
  • Art Exhibit: elin o'Hara slavick: Illuminated Artifacts elin o'Hara slavick: Illuminated Artifacts
  • Concert Guild: Antioch Chamber Ensemble Concert Guild: Antioch Chamber Ensemble
  • "Dracula" "Dracula"
  • University Singers Tour Home Concert University Singers Tour Home Concert
  • Artist's Talk and Reception: Joy Lynn Davis Artist's Talk and Reception: Joy Lynn Davis
  • Ardo Duo Ardo Duo
  • Voice Recital: French Songs Voice Recital: French Songs
  • Art Exhibit: Joy Lynn Davis: Remembering the Lost: Community Response to the Theft of Nepal's Sacred Sculptures Art Exhibit: Joy Lynn Davis
  • Senior Composition Recital: Bennett Lewis Senior Composition Recital: Bennett Lewis
  • W&L Repertory Dance Company Winter Dance Concert W&L Repertory Dance Company Winter Dance Concert
  • Senior Voice Recital: Jake Burnett Senior Voice Recital: Jake Burnett
  • United States Army's Jazz Ambassadors Jazz Ambassadors
  • SonoKlect: Southeastern Composers League Forum 2017 Southeastern Composers League Forum 2017
  • Oratorio Concert: Mozart's "Requiem" Oratorio Concert: Mozart's "Requiem"
  • University Wind Ensemble Winter Concert University Wind Ensemble Concert: "New Horizons"
  • University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert: "Solos Sublime"
  • Bluegrass Ensemble Winter Term Concert Bluegrass Ensemble Winter Term Concert
  • Junior Voice Recital: Camilla Higgins Junior Voice Recital: Camilla Higgins
  • Art Exhibit: 2017 Senior Theses Exhibition Art Exhibit: 2017 Senior Theses Exhibition
  • Master Class: L.A. Theatre Works L.A. Theatre Works Master Class
  • "Judgment at Nuremberg" L. A. Theatre Works "Judgment at Nuremberg"
  • Artist's Lecture and Reception: Marietta Bernstoff Artist's Lecture and Reception: Marietta Bernstoff: New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory
  • Guest Piano Recital: Jonathan Cook Guest Piano Recital: Jonathan Chapman Cook
  • Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert
  • Aerial Dance Aerial Dance
  • Winter Applied Recital Winter Applied Recital
  • Senior Piano Recital: Conley Hurst Senior Piano Recital: Conley Hurst
  • University Singers Commencement Concert University Singers Commencement Concert
  • Art Exhibit: New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory Art Exhibit: New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory

Celebrating 25 Years of the Lenfest Center