Walking distance to Southwest Waterfront – across Waterfront Metro
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith, Arena Stage has become the largest theater in the country dedicated to American Voices. Founded in 1950 by Zelda Fichandler, Thomas Fichandler and Edward Mangum, Arena Stage was one of the nation’s original resident theaters, and has a distinguished record of leadership and innovation in the field. With the opening of the new Mead Center for American Theater, Arena Stage has become a national center for the production, presentation, development and study of the American theater. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of nearly 300,000.
The Molly Smith Study houses the extensive theatrical library, featuring materials dedicated to the development and study of American theater. Tucked between the glass curtain wall and the exterior of the fully-restored, historic Fichandler Stage, the Study is perfect for seated dinners, receptions, meetings and more. The adjacent, semi-private Bank of America Lower Lobby leads into the Molly Smith Study and is ideal for intimate networking events and cocktail receptions. It’s a fitting location for a reception prior to dining in the Study, or can be used in conjunction with the Study to increase standing capacity to 350.
Surrounded by the historic exteriors of the Fichandler Stage and Kreeger Theater, and accented by the modern architectural elements of the Kogod Cradle, the Grand Lobby is the heart of the Mead Center. The built-in bar, custom-designed carpet and stunning views make it one of the most sought after event spaces in Washington, DC. This flexible space functions as the shared lobby for our three theaters. On dates without performances, however, it’s a grand setting for an elaborate seated dinner, festive cocktail party or fundraising gala.
Perched atop the Kreeger Theater, the Catwalk Café is an eclectic alternative to traditional banquet and reception halls. The space features a private bar, contemporary rock garden and elegant poured concrete architectural elements. In suitable weather, the adjacent open-air Terrace is the most desirable location in the Mead Center. Completely covered by one of the largest cantilevered roofs in the world, the Terrace offers breathtaking views of the Southwest Waterfront and the Washington Monument, and can be combined with the Café to accommodate standing receptions for up to 600 guests.
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