College of Arts and Communication



  • Fully equipped Proscenium theatre
  • ETC Obsession II light control, dimmer per circuit system, with inventory of 350+ fixtures
  • Sound system with 32-channel board, wireless microphones
  • Fully trapped stage with orchestra pit and fly system
  • Audience capacity of 380
  • Home to five productions for the Theatre/Dance Department throughout the academic year: plays, musicals and a dance concert

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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