The Straz Center for the Performing Arts – Tampa, FL
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts | 1010 N.W.C. MacInnes Place | Tampa, FL 33602 | 1-813-229-7827
Located on the bank of the historic Hillsborough River, the Straz Center serves as a cultural crossroads, bringing innovative new artists and blockbuster commercial successes to the Tampa Bay community. With its award-winning outreach programs that take the arts to underserved school children and the only accredited performing arts school in the region, the Patel Conservatory, the Straz Center also nurtures the creative spark and transforms lives.
Driving $110 million annually, the Straz Center proudly supports the Tampa Bay economy and is the fourth largest performing arts institution in the country. In addition to four theaters and one teaching theater, the Straz Center has three restaurants and a brand new coffee shop, SteamHeat Cafe.
The Straz Center has become a favorite Tampa wedding venue among brides and grooms-to-be as well as planners over the last few years for many reasons: our unique look and flexibility; our beautiful, fully decorated event spaces such as Maestro’s Restaurant for groups up to 180 people; and our beautiful indoor and outdoor waterfront ceremony and cocktail hour spaces.
We strive to continuously improve the way we do things, which has resulted in hundreds of happy clients.
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff members are available throughout the entire planning process. Our convenient downtown Tampa location makes booking nearby hotels and vendors a breeze. And, people love that they can host their Tampa wedding ceremony and reception at one beautiful venue.
You will love the level of service and ease you receive throughout your entire wedding process.
Learn more about planning a wedding at The Straz Center – HERE.
DINING & CATERING:
Come early to your show and dine steps away from your theater seats at one of the Straz Center’s three restaurants. Dine at Maestro’s Restaurant at the Straz Center (upstairs from the Shimberg Playhouse), Maestro’s Cafe (in Carol Morsani Hall lobby), or Maestro’s On The River (near the fountains).
“Maestro’s is a rare exception … Not only is Chef Benito D’Azzo’s food terrific, the room is airy and inviting and the value for money is exceptional.” – Creative Loafing
Reservations are highly recommended for Maestro’s Restaurant and Maestro’s Cafe. Call 813.229.STAR (7827) or reserve online. Maestro’s on the River, near the fountains, is open 90 minutes before most performance in Carol Morsani Hall, weather permitting. No reservations accepted.
Learn more about The Straz Center’s dining options HERE.
Translate the Straz Center’s magic into your next event. Maximize the attention your event gets by holding it at one of the spectacular halls at the Straz Center. Carol Morsani Hall, Ferguson Hall, the Jaeb Theater, the Shimberg Playhouse and the Rehearsal Hall are all available for rental. These venues are available for performance related events, including concerts, lectures, meetings, recitals, plays, graduations and pageants.
The Straz Center’s lobbies are also available for food related events including wedding receptions, banquets and parties.
The Straz Center is the foremost theater for Broadway entertainment in the Tampa Bay area. World renowned dance, opera and music ensembles also play the Straz Center making the theater an integral part of Tampa Bay’s cultural life. Located in the heart of Downtown Tampa, surrounded by parking facilities, hotels, restaurants and the University of Tampa, the Straz Center provides an environment for a wide variety of attractions and concerts.
It is the largest performing arts complex south of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about rentals HERE.
TICKETS & EVENTS:
Unless otherwise noted, the Straz Center’s Ticket Sales Office is open Monday through Saturday noon – 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.
Parking is free at the Straz Center’s Arrival Plaza while purchases are made. We accept all major credit cards, checks (written two weeks prior to the show) and cash. You can purchase tickets by phone by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside the Tampa Bay area.
Tickets can also be purchased by mailing your order to the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. A driver’s license number and state where issued should be included on all checks. Checks returned for insufficient funds are subject to an additional $25 fee from the Straz Center. Order forms may also be faxed to 813.222.1080.
A nominal service charge is applied for all ticket sales. However, for ticket purchases via the phone or ticket office, service charges are waived for current annual Straz members at the $400 level and higher. Special handling fees may apply to some shows. Service charges for online transactions apply to all members.
Click HERE for a list of upcoming events.
Since the doors to the Straz Center opened in 1987, arts education has been a part of its mission. Functioning under the auspices of the Education Department, the Patel Conservatory strives to make the finest performing arts training available to everyone.
Through its programming and educational programs, the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center shares the performing arts and offers unique and diverse opportunities throughout the Tampa Bay community. We provide performing arts experiences, educational outreaches and enrichment through a variety of programs for educators, families, community partners, and adults.
The Conservatory reaches those otherwise unable to participate by working with community partners and providing free or discounted opportunities to attend performances, dress rehearsals, lectures, talk-backs, master classes and workshops.
For many people, a visit to the Straz Center is impossible. We meet this challenge by “taking the show on the road!” Through our Educational Outreach programs, we provide unique opportunities by opening our doors and sending faculty, staff and visiting performing artists to reach individuals and organizations in the community and teach them how to dream, reach, discover and create. Learn more by clicking HERE.
Be sure to visit The Straz Center’s web site for up-to-the-minute information!