Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Venue Address

1101 6th St, SW
Washington, DC 20024
United States

"Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and groundbreaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays and impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.

The Kreeger Theater, a 514-seat, fan-shaped space with a modified thrust stage, is updated with current technology and amenities, while retaining the qualities that make it one of the most artist- and audience-friendly spaces in the country: extraordinary flexibility, excellent acoustics, flawless sightlines and remarkably intimate interaction between actor and audience.

The Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle is a unique, oval-shaped 200-seat theater with flexible seating and the latest technical capabilities. This theater is designed to cradle the risk and innovation required of first, second and third productions of new and developing plays.

The Fichandler Stage stands as the iconic, original theater space, with its epic, in-the-round auditorium and steeply raked seating tiers. The spirit of the Fichandler is celebrated in this 683-seat venue where patrons are never more than eight rows away from the stage, allowing the entire audience to be closer to the stage than ever before.

Public Transportation
The Waterfront station, on the Green line, is located one block east of Arena Stage at 4th and M Streets SW.

Metrobuses - Stops are located directly in front of the theater as well as across from and slightly north of the theater entrance.

Parking Options
Mead Center Parking
The entrance to the parking garage is accessible from the northbound lane of Maine Avenue. Subscribers and single-ticket purchasers may purchase parking in advance by calling the Sales Office at 202-488-3300. The subscriber rate for parking is $18 per performance. Single ticket purchasers may reserve in advance for $25 per parking space. Advance reservations and rates discontinue three hours prior to curtain. Any parking available on the day of the performance will be sold at the garage on a first-come, first-served basis for $27. Handicapped parking may also be purchased in advance with a copy of a valid handicap parking tag. The garage is open from 10 a.m. until one hour after the end of the performance.
Accessibility Information
For more information about accessibility at Arena Stage, please contact us at 202-488-3300 (voice), 202-848-0247 (TTY) or

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