Gerald W. Lynch Theater


Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community.  The Theater is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines with a special focus on how the artistic imagination can shed light on the many perceptions of justice in our society. The Theater is also a member of CUNY Stages, a consortium of 16 performing arts center located on CUNY campuses across New York City.

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater hosts a broad spectrum of events including television events such as Comedy Central Presents, Premium Blend and Live by Request, theater and dance including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Ailey II, Lincoln Center Festival, The Actors Fund and private events including tapings for television and film, conferences and corporate meetings. In addition to maintaining a stock of lighting and sound equipment, direct street access to stage level ensures speedy load-in and load-out of client equipment. Technical and administrative personnel help clients arrive at sensible, cost-effective solutions.

The Theater has hosted events in the Lincoln Center Festival since its first season in 1996, as well as, New York City Opera, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Gotham Chamber Opera, Metropolitan Opera Guild and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Ailey II. The Theater has also been the site of many television and film specials including A&E’s Live by Request, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Robert Klein in Concert and VH1’s Soundtrack Live.

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For pricing and rental inquiries, please contact Managing Director Johanna Whitton at (212) 237-8359 or DOWNLOAD Rental Package documents HERE: The Mission of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater: To provide diverse artistic and scholarly events that will educate, entertain and involve our academic and public communities. These events shall resonate with the goals and mission of John Jay College: EDUCATING FOR JUSTICE. To provide a source of free or low cost cultural and artistic presentations to the John Jay community and the surrounding neighborhood of Clinton. To provide a venue for John Jay College academic and community events. For complete performance and detailed information, please visit the CUNY website page for the Gerald W. Lynch Theater locted at:
SEATING CAPACITY Full Theater 595 Capacity Orchestra 415
  • Orchestra Center 215 Seats
  • Orchestra Left 97 Seats
  • Orchestra Right 103 Seat
Balcony 180
  • Balcony Center 100 Seats
  • Balcony Left 40 Seats
  • Balcony Right 40 Seats
*Balcony is only accessible via stairs. No elevator to the balcony. * No standing room
For more complete technical information, please email Joshua Redfearn. DOWNLOAD FULL TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS PDF HERE THEATER: 595 Capacity (415 Orchestra, 180 Balcony, no standing room). No elevator to balcony. PROSCENIUM: 36'w x 19'-6"h. Stage Depth (Proscenium line to last available lineset): 28’‐2” STAGE: AGMA approved stage floor; standard sprung (ADD) *WOOD* flooring; Full stage Harlequin Reversible black/gray dance flooring available upon request. RIGGING: 39 standard counterweight linesets, 4 tab linesets: 52' battens; 54' max. out trim; spot lines available. LIGHTING: ETC Ion; 300+ lighting fixtures; 2 followspots. SOUND: Yamaha LS9-32 sound console; EAW KF300 loudspeakers, assorted playback sources, mics available. POWER: 2-400amp 3-phase Company Switch; 2-60amp 3-phase Company Switch. COMMUNICATION: 4-channel (ADD) *hard-wired*Clear-Com throughout the theater. DRAPERY: Grand Drape, 1 traveler, 5 borders, 3 full stage blacks (2 flat, 1 with fullness), 16 legs, cyclorama, white scrim, black scrim, full stage RP screen. ORCHESTRA: Orchestra pit, chairs, stands, lights, 9' Steinway "D" grand piano, and SICO 3-step choral risers. ADA: Infrared assistive listening devices, handicap seating. OTHER AREAS: Box office, coat check, green room, 4 private dressing rooms, 2 chorus dressing rooms and scene shop available.