Woolsey Hall seats 2,650 people.  Handicapped seating is available in the orchestra section and parquet area on the first floor.

Due to the highly limited availability of the venue, you should seek a reservation no later than six months in advance. Earlier booking increases chances for availability.

Yale Affiliated Groups

  • Yale Departments and Groups that do not charge admission for their events (which include but are not limited to the Philharmonia, Yale Band, the Institute of Sacred Music, & Yale Glee Club) will only receive charges for actual incurred expenses.  We also require all users to complete a Reservation Form for each concert, including concerts already on the schedule.  This registration will require validated COA instructions.  This will enable us to have accurate charging instructions prior to events, and provide that accounting transfers can be made in a timely fashion.
  • Yale Departments and Groups who charge admission and those internal Yale University departments sponsoring/hosting external events will have a $600 user fee to cover administrative costs plus all direct costs affiliated with their event charged to the COA provided on the required Reservation Form.

Costs include, but are not limited to: Stage Manager, University Police and/or Security, Custodial, Yale Fire Code Compliance, external audiovisual/sound services, and all administrative costs incurred for the standard four-hour hall rental.  Users can share cost for joint programs.  Users will continue to be responsible for making those necessary arrangements with internal service providers (such as use of piano and/or organ) and for additional services needed for their events. Any needs for chorus/seated risers or stage extension request can be arranged through the Hall Manager, Kito Covington, and additional fees will apply for these services. The rates schedule for the direct charges is as follows:

Woolsey Hall FY19/20 ISP Rates Schedule

effective 08/01/2019

  M-F regular M-F overtime;
Sa-Su all
Woolsey Stage Manager $68.00 $102.00
Yale Police Services (4hr. min.)/Officer $111.50 $111.50
Custodial $62.00 $93.00
Yale Fire Code Compliance $82.00 $123.00
Yale Security $61.00 $61.00

Non Affiliated Groups


Additional fees, which will be detailed in advance, may apply.

Payment is due 10 business days before event.

Yes. Photos of Woolsey Hall performance space are available on our photos page.

No. The booking of reception space must be made to Yale Hospitality independently of your request to book Woolsey Hall.