About Us

The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University produces and manages the performing arts productions of the School of Communication, Department of Theatre, and Department of Performance Studies, and has programmatic responsibility for theatre, music theatre and dance. Each year, as many as forty productions are mounted in its four different performance venues — the 439-seat Ethel M. Barber Theater, the 369-seat Josephine Louis Theater, the 100-seat Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater and the 100-seat Mussetter-Struble Theater — as well as in the University’s 1,000-seat Cahn Auditorium.

Learn more about our exciting 2014/2015 Season!

As previously announced, Chicago Blackhawks chairman William Rockwell "Rocky" Wirtz and his wife, Marilyn, are supporting the Northwestern University School of Communication by creating an endowment that will fund innovative student and faculty projects in the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, named in honor of Rocky Wirtz's grandmother, who graduated from Northwestern in 1924. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we thank the Wirtz family for their incredible support!


* Photo Justin Barbin Photography