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Schwab Auditorium

Schwab Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus.

Schwab Auditorium was the first Penn State building financed by a private gift. Bethlehem Steel Corporation founder Charles M. Schwab, a University trustee for thirty years, gave $150,000 to build the classic revival auditorium. Completed in 1903, Schwab houses a proscenium stage and a 900-seat, Renaissance-style seating area.

The Center for the Performing Arts uses Schwab’s performance space for chamber music and selected jazz concerts.

Actors From The London Stage, Anat Cohen Quartet, Apollo’s Fire, Brentano String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Eroica Trio, Jimmy Heath Quartet, John Scofield and Joe Lovano Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, McCoy Tyner Quartet, Gretchen Parlato, Ron Carter Trio, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Jeffrey Siegel, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Takács Quartet, Terence Blanchard Quintet, and Time for Three are among the artists who have performed in Schwab in recent years.

Address

Schwab Auditorium, University Park PA 1680s

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Hours

Open during events only.

Venue Information

Parking

Complimentary parking is provided in the Eisenhower Parking Deck for patrons attending all performances – except School-Time Matinees – presented by the Center for the Performing Arts.

Patrons with mobility impairments may be dropped off in front of the auditorium at the Eisenhower Road pull-off near the intersection with Shortlidge Road. Handicap-accessible parking spaces are available on all levels of the Eisenhower deck and in the Yellow F surface lot across Eisenhower Road from the deck. Handicap-accessible parking during Center for the Performing Arts presentations at Eisenhower is also available in the lot between Eisenhower Road and Tyson Building. State-issued disability parking placards are required for access to the handicap-accessible parking spaces. Because parking in the Eisenhower deck is complimentary for Center for the Performing Arts presentations, patrons do not need to have Penn State parking permits.

Audience Information

Lost and Found

Please contact the audience services manager at 814-865-4727 about lost or found articles.

Cameras, Cell Phones, and Recorders

Please turn off electronic devices during the performance. Audio and visual recording devices are not permitted in the auditoriums.

Backpacks, Handbags, etc.

Penn State reserves the right to inspect all items being brought into performance venues. During certain events, additional restrictions might be implemented at the discretion of facility management. Questions? Phone the audience services manager at 814-865-4727, or ask an event staff member on the day of a performance.

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Latecomers and patrons re-entering the house during a performance will be seated at the discretion of the house manager. If you must leave the house during a performance, please do so at an appropriate time.

Safety

Please do not place items on balcony or grand tier rails. Backpacks, bags, and other belongings should be stowed under your seat so the aisles and rows remain clear.

No Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in facilities.

Accessibility

Special Needs

We’re committed to making the arts accessible to all patrons. Wheelchair seating is available in Schwab auditorium. A number of appropriately located seats have been reserved for patrons with disabilities, and, upon advance request, sign language interpretation is available for performances and educational activities. For hearing-impaired patrons, Schwab has an induction-loop system. Publications, including OnStage performance programs, are available in large-print or alternative media upon request. Live audio description, which can enhance appreciation of what’s taking place on stage, is provided for selected performances. Audio description, when provided, is available to all ticket holders.

Contact the Arts Ticket Center, at 814‑863‑0255 or 800‑ARTS‑TIX, for your special needs.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Arts Ticket Center in advance of your participation or visit.

Audio Description

Audio description – available at no extra charge to ticket holders – offers live verbal description of the visual elements of selected performances. Especially helpful to patrons with sight-loss, audio description can also improve information processing for people with learning disabilities. The service’s trained audio describers use a transmitter and microphone to relay a pictorial description to patrons wearing earpieces attached to palm-sized receivers. Audio description clarifies details and provides background information, but it doesn’t interfere with other key audible elements of a performance. For a list of performances being audio described, go to audio description. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the performance. Phone 814-238-0132 to reserve this service.

Parking

For presentations and events at Schwab Auditorium, two handicap-accessible parking spaces are available behind the venue. The handicap-accessible entrance to Schwab is at the rear of the building next to Pollock Road.

Complimentary, wheelchair accessible round-trip shuttle service is also provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.

Patrons with mobility impairments may be dropped off in front of the auditorium at the Eisenhower Road pull-off near the intersection with Shortlidge Road. Handicap-accessible parking spaces are available on all levels of the Eisenhower deck and in the Yellow F surface lot across Eisenhower Road from the deck. Handicap-accessible parking during Center for the Performing Arts presentations at Eisenhower is also available in the lot between Eisenhower Road and Tyson Building. State-issued disability parking placards are required for access to the handicap-accessible parking spaces. Because parking in the Eisenhower deck is complimentary for Center for the Performing Arts presentations, patrons do not need to have Penn State parking permits.

Musical performers taking their bow in Schwab Auditorium.