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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

Since first opening its doors in 1993, Young Auditorium has relied on the support and involvement of our diverse community to help make each season a success. From students to faculty, volunteers to sponsors, one-time patrons to annual members, all have played important roles in the auditorium's history. As we welcome Young Auditorium's 25th Anniversary season, it's time for us to pause and reflect on the venue's rich history and say thank you to each and every one of you!

With a series of return engagements that pay homage to the venue's rich history, exciting performances taking our stage for the first time, and some very special events, we invite you to join the celebration of Young Auditorium's Silver Anniversary Season. A great way to celebrate this milestone is to give the auditorium and yourself the gift of membership. Ticket sales only cover part of our operating costs. Your membership support will help us continue to offer world-class programming at reasonable ticket prices. Joining at the supporter level you receive a discount on all ticket purchases, right up to show-time. You will also have the opportunity to attend special event related receptions where you may even meet the stars of the show! Most importantly you're helping ensure the auditorium's continued success. 

Whether it is for one of the award-winning touring Broadway productions or the free sing-along Sound of Music event, we look forward to having you join us for the celebration of Young Auditorium's 25th Anniversary. We heartily invite you to Come Be Amazed!

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 »