Event & Space Rentals at the Katzen

The Katzen Arts Center’s modern facilities offer a unique Washington locale for conventions, trainings, workshops, film screenings, weddings and live performances. Beyond a gorgeous setting, Katzen offers:

Variety of Event Spaces: from a 400-person seated dinner to a private lecture and book signing, Katzen Arts Center likely has a space that will fit your needs. See below for a list of spaces.

Convenient location: near several local hotels and with the ease of on-site parking in the Katzen Garage.

Abundant Capabilities and Services: offering state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, front-of- house coordination, online ticketing, etc.

All rental inquiries should read through the “Rental Rates & Regulations” document and fill out the “Katzen Facilities Request Form” to inquire about availability. Please send your request form and questions to:

Lisa Ager,
Katzen Facilities and Operations Manager


All Katzen facilities rentals either include or offer the option to take advantage of the following:

  • Building access from 8:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Access to corridors, dressing rooms, performance and lobby space, as well as audience registration and seating areas, etc.
  • HVAC, basic custodial service, open/close of facilities
  • House audio system and A/V personnel support
  • Professional online ticketing system and Ticket Office support
  • Standard orchestra chairs, music stands, stand lights, conductor's podium, etc.
  • Front-of-house coordination
  • Other staff and equipment (when/if available) as needed

Please note:

  • For alcohol to be served at events a formal request process must be followed as specified in the AU Alcohol Policy form.
  • All Rentals require insurance, please reference your event’s specific “Rental Agreement” contract, listed under Section 10, for more details.
  • Additional services can be arranged through your event consultation with Katzen staff. Please contact 202-885-3884 or AUarts@american.edu for more information, or see our “Facilities Usage Policy” document under “Forms and Info”.
  • Please also consider our sister facility, the Greenberg Theatre on Wisconsin Avenue, featuring a larger space, better equipped for musical and traditional theater productions.

Performance Spaces

Katzen Arts Center Performance Spaces
Name Capacity Features & Notes
Abramson Family Recital Hall 207-211 Offers tailored lighting settings during your event, A/V support, a stunning space for orchestra and choral concerts, lectures, etc.
Studio Theatre 50-90 Multi-purpose black box theater perfect for intimate performances, workshops, rehearsals, etc.
Ensemble/Recital Room 112 25-105 Includes a custom lighting panel to meet a variety of event needs, floor to ceiling windows that can be shaded and moveable desks to create the space your own.
Ensemble/Choral Rehearsal Room 151 70 Includes risers wide enough for an orchestra or a standing chorus; also, perfect as prep space to support events happening in other parts of the building.

Reception Spaces

Katzen Arts Center Reception Spaces
Name Capacity Features & Notes
Kreeger Lobby 200+ Adjoins the museum and Recital Hall to provide a great location for pre- or post- event gatherings.
Rotunda, 1st Floor 400+ Architecturally stunning space for cocktails, catered dinners, weddings receptions and ceremonies, music performances, etc.
Rotunda, 2nd Floor 150+ Typically acts as an extension of the Rotunda 1st Floor, for larger events. This space is also ideal for a breakout cocktail hour, VIP space, etc.