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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 Mision

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's 2016-2017 season; bringing the best of the performing arts world to you! Thanks to the support of a dedicated constituency, we have the privilege of serving as the premier performing arts center in our beautiful region. We are grateful for the strong support the Auditorium receives, especially in the area of membership, as it helps us continue to present world-class artists at reasonable ticket prices. A full description of membership offerings and benefits are outlined on the membership webpage.

NEW this year: Be sure to sign up for your UW-W Tickets account online and enjoy a whole new and improved ticketing experience! The new system is amazing and once you activate your new account, you'll be able to buy tickets, set preferences for notifications of shows and seats, and control your account from your computer or smartphone.And please remember, you still have the convenience of choosing your seats in real-time online with the print-at-home option. No need to wait in line at the Box Office or at Will Call!We've done our best to program something for everyone. We hope there are many performances that stir your spirit and speak to your passion. We thank you and look forward to seeing you soon!Sincerely,

Ken Kohberger


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 »