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Welcome to the Fisher Center

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, designed by Frank Gehry, illustrates the College’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. The Center’s adventurous programs and world-class facilities provide an outstanding environment in which to create, perform, learn, and experience. The Center bears the name of Richard B. Fisher, the former chair of Bard’s Board of Trustees. This magnificent building and the extraordinary arts experiences that take place within it are a tribute to his vision, generosity, and leadership.

Getting Here

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, situated on the east bank of the Hudson River in the beautiful Hudson Valley, about 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Boston. It is surrounded by several beautiful Hudson Valley estates, including Montgomery Place, Clermont, Olana, Mills Mansion, the Vanderbilt Estate, and the Roosevelt Home and Museum, all of which are open to the public. Other nearby attractions include the Culinary Institute of America, Cary Arboretum, Innisfree Garden, country auctions, wineries, pick-your-own vegetable and fruit farms, nature sanctuaries, and historic river ports.

The Taconic State Parkway and the New York State Thruway provide the most direct routes to our campus. GPS device users: Bard College is in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; the zip code is 12504. Enter the intersection of Route 9G and Annandale Road for the most accurate directions to the Fisher Center. Please note: We are at 60 Manor Avenue, NOT 60 Manor Road as Google Maps may indicate.

Amtrak service is available from Penn Station in New York City or from Albany to Rhinecliff, about 9 miles south of Annandale. For taxi service from the station, call Blue Top Taxi, 845-758-8294, or Rhinebeck Taxi, 845-876-2010.

Metro-North provides service from Grand Central Terminal in New York City to Poughkeepsie, about 20 miles south of Bard. For Poughkeepsie station taxi service: 845-473-7600.


Accessible parking for patrons with disabilities is available at the Sosnoff Theater, LUMA Theater, Olin Hall, Avery Arts Center, and the Spiegeltent on a first come, first served basis. Drivers accompanying the disabled are asked to drop their passengers off at the drop-off point at each these venues. For more information about accessible parking please call 845-758-7900.

The Fisher Center utilizes golf carts to assist patrons with disabilities between the parking lot and venue. Golf carts cannot run during lightning or other dangerous weather. If the carts are not running, please request assistance from a parking attendant, and a staff member will escort you. Golf cart transportation is not available for all events at the Avery Arts Center or Olin Hall, please call 845-758-7900 for information.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The Bard Office of Sustainability has provided a charging station with two ports and two designated parking spots at the Fisher Center in lot "C". Electric vehicle drivers may use the spaces only when actively charging their cars. 


Sosnoff Theater
The Sosnoff Theater seats approximately 800 people. It features a proscenium stage that accommodates opera, music, dance, and theater.

LUMA Theater
The intimate LUMA Theater seats approximately 200 people and hosts performances by students in Bard’s Dance and Theater & Performance Programs as well as professional productions ranging from rock concerts to chamber opera.

Olin Hall
Olin Hall, built in 1987, is located in the Franklin W. Olin Humanities building in the central part of campus. Olin Hall seats 370 people and is used for Conservatory performances, rehearsals, masterclasses, classes and lectures. Recording facilities are also available in the hall so it is frequently used by students for making audition recordings.

Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center
The Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center houses a 110 seat theater equipped with state-of-the-art 16mm and 35mm film projection, as well as the latest in digital video projection and Dolby digital surround sound.