College of Arts and Communication



  • Fully trapped stage with orchestra pit
  • Audience capacity of 380 patrons
  • Home to Department of Theatre/Dance productions throughout the academic year; including plays, musicals and the annual DanceScapes concert
  • Lightboard – ETC Gio
  • Dimmer per-circuit system, with inventory of 350+ fixtures
  • Sound Board – Yamaha CL5 Series
  • Input channels, 72 mono, 8 stereo
    • Fader configuration: 16 fader-left section, 8-fader catalogic section, 8-fader right section, 2-fader master section
    • Built-in meter bridge
  • QLab for Audio and Video design and playback macOS software
  • Dante Networking System for audio system
  • Single Purchase Line-Set System (17 lines, 3 dedicated lighting batons)
  • 2 motorized lighting trusses on apron
  • Full cyclorama
  • Automated House Curtains
  • 2 Lights Lycian Midget Follow Spots
  • Dedicated sound booth
  • Dedicated Lighting and Stage Management Booth
  • Dedicated Spot light booth
  • Wireless and wired intercom system

Located in the Greenhill Center of the Arts


Barnett Theatre is named after Wynett Barnett, a professor of speech and theater, who worked at UW-Whitewater from 1946 to 1970. She held a variety of positions during her tenure, including department chair and dean of women. She helped establish the summer tent theatre program, brought the national debate tournament to UW-Whitewater, and was instrumental in the creation of the WSUW (91.7 FM), the university radio station.

A theatre scholarship, awarded through the UW-Whitewater Foundation, is named after Barnett and honors students in the following categories: performance, technical, costume, dance, and the all-around student.

Barnett pushed to establish academic majors in both theatre and communication sciences and disorders and was a leader in the efforts to establish an arts college at UW-Whitewater and the construction of a building in 1971 to house it. When she retired, she devoted countless hours to recording works for the blind.

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