Hofstra is home to six theaters, which are suited to the hundreds of diverse scholarly and cultural events and performances Hofstra hosts throughout the year. Click here for directions to all theaters. For ticket sales and venue information, visit the Box Office or call 516-463-6644.
JOHN CRANFORD ADAMS PLAYHOUSE: Hofstra alumnus Francis Ford Coppola directed his first production, a play called The Delicate Touch, on the stage of what is now known as the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. This 1,105-seat theater is home to many of Hofstra’s theatrical, musical, dance and lecture events. It also serves as a rental venue for local, national and international productions, conferences, performing arts companies, lectures, school events and church groups.
JOAN & DONALD SCHAEFFER BLACK BOX THEATER: The Department of Drama and Dance’s Joan & Donald Schaeffer Black Box Theater is located on the second floor of the Shapiro Family Hall. This space offers state-of-the-art technology in an intimate setting between the performer and the audience, with maximum seating of 300. Features include a customizable lighting grid and catwalk, as well as a seating plan that can change depending on the desire of the production staff.
THE HELENE FORTUNOFF THEATRE AT MONROE LECTURE CENTER: Inside the Monroe Lecture Center, you will find The Helene Fortunoff Theater, which is home to many Hofstra Cultural Center events, including chamber ensemble and jazz ensemble performances. For information, call 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.
EMILY AND JERRY SPIEGEL THEATER: This 96-seat theater is designed to mimic an off-Broadway showcase house. It’s primarily used for departmental productions initiated by upperclassmen who mount plays in which they act with or direct other undergraduates. These productions – often monologues -- are student generated with modest production support from the department.
LEO A. GUTHART CULTURAL CENTER THEATER: The seating capacity of the Guthart theater is 132. The Hofstra Cultural Center hosts lectures and panels in this space and on occasion musical performances and films. Examples include Great Writers, Great Readings; Issues in Judaism Lecture Series; Italian American Lecture Series; and keynote addresses for symposiums.
STUDENT CENTER THEATER, SONDRA AND DAVID S. MACK STUDENT CENTER: This space seats 334 people. It is used for small musical band performances, keynote or well-known speakers, panel discussions for events such as our Presidential Conferences, and its projection booth and screen make it perfect for showing films.