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