Performances and Informal Showings

Conveniently located to public transportation in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, the Mark Morris Dance Center offers spaces to rent for both performances and informal showings.



Performance rentals take place in the James and Martha Duffy Performance Space, a 3400 square foot, wheelchair accessible, unobstructed dance studio with a triple-basket weave sprung sub floor covered with a black Cascade Harlequin dance floor located on the top floor of the Mark Morris Dance Center. In addition to Performance Space, rentals include access to an adjacent lobby, terrace, bathrooms and backstage storage/production area. Also included is access to the Dance Center’s 4th floor Employee Lounge to use as a green room for each event date.

The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space is converted into a 4-wing black box theater that includes audience risers with a maximum of 166 seats, all necessary masking and cyclorama, a repertory light plot specifically designed for dance (consisting of 120 dimmers and approx. 180 lighting units) and a professional sound system for performance rentals. The exact number of audience seats are determined per production as chairs may need to be removed for a tech table, videographer, photographer, wheelchair seating, or a music pit.


Friday Tech Rehearsal 6:00PM-10:00PM
Saturday Dress Rehearsal and Performance 4:00PM-10:00PM
Detailed Saturday Schedule
Dress Rehearsal 4:00PM-6:00PM
Break/Additional tech 6:00PM-6:30PM
House Open 6:30PM-7:00PM
Performance 7:00PM-9:00PM

Renters may include a pre or post show reception in MMDG’s 5th floor lobby within this timeline for no additional fee. Food and drinks must come prepared/cannot be prepared on-site. Alcohol may be served with appropriate liquor liability insurance. Food and alcohol cannot be sold. Food is not allowed in the Performance Space.

Guests and performers exit theater 9:00PM-9:30PM
Restoration of space 9:30PM-10:00PM

A 25% deposit and a signed rental agreement are required to hold dates. The remaining balance is required 30 days prior to the performance date. If an event is canceled within 30 days of the scheduled date, the full rental fee is forfeited.

To inquire about a customized rental and receive a quote, please email

Informal Showings

The Dance Center rents its three largest studios for informal showings: The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space, Robert W. Cole Studio, and Studio C. Each studio is available for audiences of 10 or more. The beautiful studio space and the support of our staff are a great combination for any successful showing.

Currently, The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space is available for rent every Saturday from 4:00-6:30pm. Other times and studios are limited in availability. Please call or email for more information and bookings.

Sizing and Seating Capacity

James and Martha Duffy Performance Space    Seats 50         60’ X 60’ (3,600 sq. ft.)

Robert W. Cole Studio                                        Seats 65           38’ X 51’ (1,938 sq. ft.)

Studio C                                                              Seats 45           30’ X46’ (1,380 sq. ft)


·       Sound/video playback

·       Folding Chairs

·       Customizable Seating (Duffy Only)

·       Triple-basket weave sprung sub floors, covered with a Marley-type PVC dance floor

·       Access to restrooms, lockers, and showers

·       Natural Light

·       Sunshades

·       Portable Barres available in Duffy and fixed barres available in Cole and Studio C

·       Pianos (upright pianos in Robert W. Cole Studio and Studio C, grand piano in Duffy)

·       Tables and coatracks upon request (no extra charge)

Post Showing Receptions

While food and drink are not allowed in the studios, there is the ability to use receptions areas adjacent or near your rental space. For Studio C and Robert W. Cole use of the reception area is an added fee but for Duffy, the reception area is included. The renter is responsible for all décor, refreshments and paper/plastic. All of these items must be set up in the reception space in advance and remain there for the duration of the rental.

Showing Policies

·       Showings do not include lighting or access to the lighting grid. Lighting is for performances only.

·       MMDG will provide labor to set-up and strike chairs. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes for both set-up and strike. All set- up and strike time must be included in the rental.