An anchor for arts and culture at The George Washington University (GW), Lisner Auditorium hosts world class events and activities and brings well over 100,000 visitors a year to the Foggy Bottom Campus. Revered as a National & DC Historical Landmark, Lisner Auditorium opened its doors for public performances in the fall of 1946. Named in honor of Abram Lisner, a University trustee and philanthropist, the auditorium is renowned for its vast range of performances and events. Lisner Auditorium is uniquely suited to high profile political and celebrity speakers, iconic musical artists from home and around the world and community events from GW and greater D.C. Lisner Auditorium has, and continues to, serve a prominent place in the cultural life of Washington, D.C.
The Lisner Auditorium staff can support every aspect of an event to including production, staging and ticketing. With a seating capacity of 1500, a column free interior, greenroom, 8 stage level dressing rooms, 2 chorus dressing rooms, meeting and reception space, state of the art production technology, a full scene shop, a large front of house and production staff - Lisner Auditorium is a full service operation that focuses on excellence of service through every aspect of their work. Recent events include a taping of The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert and special guest President Barack Obama, and performances and speaking events with notable figures such as Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Solange, Brazilian musician Gilbert Gil, African sensation Angelique Kidjo, Toni Morrison, Hillary Clinton and Laverne Cox.
The auditorium is among the largest performance venues in the city and in 2012 enriched its facilities with an upgraded interior and state of the art enhancements.