Rental Information

Thank you for looking into Dodd Auditorium as a possible venue to hold your event. Dodd Auditorium is a student run facility reserved for university events during the fall and spring semesters. Hence, Dodd Auditorium is only available for rentals during a limited time frame with a limited scope or size of the event.

Currently, Dodd Auditorium is only available during the following times:

  • Spring break  –  usually the first week of March – check the academic calendar for exact dates
  • Mid-May – July – Dodd Auditorium is available one week after graduation until the end of July

Due to the limited size of staff that is available during the rental time frame, we have to limit the size of events that can take place in Dodd Auditorium.  The following are types of events that can be easily supported at this time:

  • Lectures/panel discussions
  • One-person shows/comedians/magicians
  • Concert bands/orchestras
  • Business meetings
  • Movies

Other options – There are rare occasions when Dodd Auditorium is available for rental during the academic year for larger events, based on the type of event. Please contact the director of Dodd Auditorium at for information.

Rental Fees

The rental fees include the use of the dressing rooms (2), backstage, foyer, and in-house sound, lights and stage equipment. It does not include labor costs. The following is a breakdown of the rental fee:

One day rental with 1 performance $3500.00 per day *
Additional performances (same day) $600.00 per day *
Rehearsal only (no performance) $1400.00 per day *
Any event past midnight (including strike) $600.00 per day *

* Special rate for non-profit organizations upon request

Labor Costs

At least one Dodd Auditorium employee must be present at all times when client is in the space. The number of Dodd Auditorium staff and hours will be determined by the director of Dodd Auditorium. Additional labor cost could include police or security guards, housekeeping, or other UMW trade employees. Labor cost increase for weekend events.

Dodd Auditorium stage manager $75.00 per hour
Dodd Auditorium technicians/house managers $50.00 per hour per person
Police or security guards (3 hr minimum) $50.00 per hour per person
Housekeeping (2 hr minimum) $35.00 per hour per person
UMW trade employees
(electricians, carpenters, mechanic, HVAC)
$35.00 per hour per person


If you feel that your event can meet the scope of events that we can handle and would like to look at possible dates, please contact the director of Dodd Auditorium at (540) 654-1235 or email him at

Thank you for your interest.