New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for NYU and lower Manhattan. Since opening in 2003, the 860-seat Skirball Center has been an educational and community building resource, providing NYU's first large-scale, professional performance space on campus. Through university events, presentations, and partnerships, the Skirball Center offers a unique multi-arts performance program in its intimate proscenium theater located on the south of Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Music, theater, and dance have a rich history in Greenwich Village. NYU Skirball Center continues this tradition of creativity and artistic discovery with a broad range of compelling performance events at affordable ticket prices for the NYU community and our neighbors in an evolving lower Manhattan. The Center is committed to the University's role "in and of the world," and works closely with cultural partners to reflect its global urban home by presenting a variety of voices in many different languages. Above all, the Skirball Center is a reflection of NYU's commitment to education in, and through, the performing arts. The Skirball Center's box office is located just inside the main entrance within our upper lobby. The main theater lobby, located one level below the main entrance, provides a spacious and friendly atmosphere where audience members socialize and enjoy refreshments available from the lobby café. Backstage, our facilities include dressing rooms, wardrobe, a rehearsal area, and production office.
The generosity of the Skirball Foundation made the theater possible and, in recognition, it is named after Jack H. Skirball. The theater is situated at the base of the building while the Center's administrative offices are located on the 5th floor of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life. The entire Kimmel Center was designed by distinguished architect Kevin Roche and Artec Consultants Inc.