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About Us

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.


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 »