This is the second largest performing arts complex in the southeastern United States (after the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami). This complex consists of five distinct theaters - (1) the Carol Morsine Hall (2600 seats); (2) Ferguson Hall (1042 seats); (3) Jaeb Theater (292 seats); (4) TECO Energy Foundation Theater (250 seats); and (5) the Shimberg Playhouse (130 seats). In addition, the Center also houses a rehearsal hall, retail shops, restaurant, and banquet facilities. Another portion of the Center is the Patel Conservatory (an educational program) consisting of 20 studios, a sound/lighting laboratory, a technical theater workshop, and a costume shop (among other venues).
On average, just over 600,000 guests per year visit this complex to see Broadway shows, Grand Operas, and/or concerts. We were fortunate to receive a private guided tour of the facilities during our Tampa stay. Our thanks go to the staff of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts for their generous hospitality.