The official performing arts venue of Washington University, the Samuel B. and Charles B. Edison Theatre (better known around campus as “the Edison”) plays a varied role in the University’s academic and cultural life. With a seating capacity of 656, it is also one of few venues in the region to serve as a rental house for non-University affiliated performing arts organizations.
The Edison is a teaching facility for the University’s performing arts programs in music, dance and drama, and a venue for its many student performances. It is also a platform for presenting world-class arts performances; the Ovations and Ovations for Young People series bring a variety of performances in many disciplines by regional, national and international artists. Ovations represents a unique cross-section of the arts today, regularly including multi-disciplinary performances and world premieres of new commissioned works. Ovations for Young People offers family-friendly and affordable programming in a series of matinee performances.
Edison Theatre at Washington University Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by St. Louis Metrolink or Metrobus)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 100 performances annually (25 performances in Ovations & Ovations for Young People Series)
- Ticket Prices: Vary (free-$35) depending on event. Discounts for seniors, students and children at most events
- Group Discounts: Discounts available to parties of 20 or more
- Subscriptions/Membership: Subscriptions available to Ovations and Ovations for Young People. Benefits include ticket discounts of 20% and 30% (respectively), priority seating, and ticket exchange privileges.