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Welcome to Young Auditorium, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's largest performing arts venue. We are a state-of-the-art facility, with 1,300 seats and a 400 sq foot stage that hosts dozens of dance, music, theatre, comedy, and university events each year. Our building is fully accessible, with seating for 46 wheelchairs, and technology to assist guests with visual or hearing impairments.

Our Mission

Young Auditorium serves as a presenting organization for the performing arts and as an educational and cultural center enriching the lives of the campus and regional communities.

Vision Statement

Young Auditorium is an indispensable resource serving as a perpetual catalyst for inspiration and community.


Director's Note

Welcome to Young Auditorium for the 2019-2020 Season! As the newly-appointed Director of Young Auditorium, I am thrilled to lead a dynamic team dedicated to bringing you the finest performing arts experiences. Having lived in the area for over thirteen years, it is important to me that Young Auditorium continues to offer the highest quality artistic programming while providing the comforts of staying close to home. We take great pride in the professional programming and quality service that we deliver as soon as you walk through our lobby doors.

Young Auditorium is bringing you the best Broadway has to offer this season with two new musicals inspired by Academy Award-winning films as well other major national touring productions like GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio and Drum TAO 2020. Combined with music performances that range from classical to country, and stirring dance productions both modern and traditional, we truly hope you find inspiration and enjoyment throughout the entire Young Auditorium season. This season we've partnered with A'viands Catering and The Black Sheep Catering to provide you with an enhanced "Dinner and a Show" experience. You'll find exceptional menus paired with four of our marquee events. The Black Sheep is also offering a 10% discount on post-show drinks and dessert at The Black Sheep restaurant in downtown Whitewater.

With free parking, exceptional dinners, world-class performances, and a great spot in town to "night-cap" it all off, Young Auditorium has made it easy to plan the perfect night out! Please take some time to learn more about all of the events that make up Young Auditorium's 2019-2020 season. We look forward to seeing you!

Shannon Dozoryst, Director


History

The ground breaking for the auditorium in June 1991 was made possible through the Irvin L. Young Foundation. The Foundation, along with the auditorium, honors an individual whose name had long been associated with philanthropy and humanitarianism throughout the state of Wisconsin and around the world. From humble beginnings, without the advantages of a high school or college education, Mr. Irvin Young used his time, talents and strong entrepreneurial spirit to establish a variety of successful businesses. Inspired by a business trip to Africa and the commitments he formed there, Mr. Young established the Irvin L. Young Foundation in 1949. Mrs. Fern Young continued her husband's benevolence until her death in January 2002. Thousands of people, both at home and abroad, have been positively affected by their kindness. It is our goal that, by bearing Mr. Young's name, we continue in his path of serving Wisconsin residents for years to come. Learn more about Irvin L. Young »