About Us

Schimmel Center is a hidden gem, in Manhattan's financial district. As the principal setting for performing arts at Pace University’s Downtown New York City campus, we serve both the Pace University community as well as the community at large.

Located one block east of City Hall and at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, our 647-seat theatre is just a few blocks from the cobblestoned “Theatre Alley” that ran along the stage doors of some of the earliest theatres in Manhattan. The husband and wife comedy team of Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller cut the ribbon along with Michael Schimmel (our theatre’s namesake) at our original opening night in 1970. The theater has been the home of the Emmy Award winning Television series, "Inside the Actors Studio," since 2005.

Programming in the Schimmel Center is generously supported by The SHS Foundation, and by The Ray and Wyn Richie Evans Foundation.

The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is the principal theatre of Pace University and is located at the University's New York City campus in Lower Manhattan. Facing City Hall near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and blocks from the World Trade Center, it provides a performance and assembly facility to the university and the general public. The box office and theatre entrance are located on 3 Spruce Street, east of Park Row, near the corner of Gold Street.

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Joy Besozzi

Director of Theatre Operations

John Fistos

Technical Director

Michael Scott-Torbet

Theatre Operations Manager

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3 Spruce St, New York, New York 10038 (Between Park Row and Gold Street)

Open Hours

Closed except for day of performance.