Staller Center for the Arts

Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook's cultural showplace, is located in the center of campus. Staller Center offers dozens of performances in dance, music, art, theatre, and film from around the world and is a cultural resource to the campus and community. Jazz greats, cabaret stars, modern dance troupes, and top classical musicians, including the world-famous Emerson String Quartet, Stony Brook's quartet-in-residence, perform at Staller Center. "Not Just for Kids" children's shows bring the best in children's entertainment to families. The Metropolitan Opera ("Met Opera Live in HD") comes to Staller Center on screen in the Main Stage Theatre, broadcast live from the Met during the opera season.

Stony Brook students with valid ID can buy half-price tickets to professional performances starting on the first day of each month and then throughout the month, in-person at the Staller Center Box Office. Student "rush" tickets go on sale 15 minutes before the performance for only $7 when seats are available. With a Stony Brook student ID, two tickets can be purchased at a discount. Faculty, alumni, and staff are also entitled to two tickets to professional performances at a discount when they buy them in-person at the Staller Center Box Office.

The Main Stage Theatre has more than 1,000 seats, with the more intimate Recital Hall seating 400. The Depart­ment of Music students perform often, with recitals and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra concerts performing on the Main Stage. There are three black box theatres used by the Department of Theatre Arts for plays throughout the school year. The spacious University Art Gallery has free exhibits of outstanding shows by faculty, students, and other professional artists who are invited to exhibit.

Each summer, the Stony Brook Film Festival features 10 days of outstanding independent films in competition, with filmmakers coming from all over the world to introduce their films. The 2009 Stony Brook Film Festival celebrates the festival's 14th year.

For tickets, schedules, and more information, call the Staller Center Box Office at (631) 632-ARTS or you can visit for a schedule.