John Cranford Adams


Welcome to the John Cranford Adams Playhouse and the Department of Theater facilities, at Hofstra University. The Playhouse is a 1,105-seat, proscenium-style theater that serves the University, as well as the surrounding community, as the premier cultural venue on the Hofstra Campus. Not only is it the site for many of Hofstra’s finest theatrical, musical, dance, and lecture events, the venue also – as the schedule allows – provides a rental house for local, national, and international productions, conferences, performing arts companies, lectures, school events, and church groups.

Read the Director's Message

Inside Adams

About the Playhouse

Learn about the history of Adams Playhouse, the seating configuration, and the technical specs of the facility.

Your Event at Hofstra

Rental Information

Though the primary function of the Adams Playhouse is to host University events and academic programs, the facility is offered as a rental house to non-University productions and organizations (as the University schedule allows) as a community service.

Contact the Playhouse


Alan Pittman
(Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Playhouse Box Office

(Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.)


118 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

Adams Playhouse