Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall


Administrative Address

777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida, 34236


Capacity: 1741


Mary Bensel
(Executive Director)
Kyle Turoff
(Booking and House Operations Manager)
Olga Pliner
(Finance Manager)
Ticket Sales
Jan Schmall
(Director of Ticketing)
Ellen Dyer
(Group Sales Coordinator)
Michelle Bente
(Director of Marketing)
Justin Gomlak
(Education Director)
Nate Myers
(Technical Director)


A true pioneer in the cultural development of Sarasota, the Van Wezel, (pronounced Van Wayzull), presents a broad spectrum of the world's finest performers representing the diverse tastes of Southwest Florida residents and visitors. The Hall carries on the long tradition of presenting spectacular Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, popular comedians, world-class symphony orchestras and a compelling selection of dance. The theatre also hosts over 50 events presented by the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Concert Association and the Ringling Library Town Hall Lecture Series. With the latest in sound and lighting systems, an Education Center and stunning Grand Foyer, the Hall is completely compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota. The Hall is also the first theater in Sarasota to install the revolutionary Hearing Loop System (complements the existing Sennheiser Infrared Listening System) for those who suffer from hearing loss. In carrying out its mission, the Van Wezel's education program brings visiting artists into the community and area schools for educational and outreach activities. Each season, over 25,000 students from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto counties are introduced to the performing arts through Van Wezel Schooltime Performances.

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