An anchor for arts and culture at the George Washington University (GW), Lisner Auditorium hosts world class events 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 host high profile political and celebrity speakers, iconic musical artists from home and around the world and community events for GW and the greater area. Lisner Auditorium has, and continues to, serve a prominent place in the cultural life of Washington, D.C.
The Lisner Auditorium is located on the George Washington University's Foggy Bottom campus which sits in the heart of the nation’s capital, in a vibrant neighborhood bordered by the Potomac River, the Watergate complex, the White House and the State Department. Lisner Auditorium has 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, and a full scene shop. 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.