UWMC Center for Civic Engagement

University of Wisconsin-Marathon County

The UW Marathon County, Center for Civic Engagement is the physical embodiment of the “Wisconsin Idea” – a political philosophy which holds that research conducted at the University of Wisconsin System should be applied to solve problems, improve quality of life, and promote dialogue and civic participation for all citizens of the state. The new 2-story, 38,910 SF facility houses The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Wisconsin Public Radio, continuing education and outreach, and the UWMC Theatre Program, a full featured theatrical facility for the Performing Arts.  Advanced technology in the 365 seat theater permits a wide range of production possibilities, including full fly rigging system, dimmers and “intelligent” lights, high definition video projectors, three fixed video cameras for recording and broadcasting, and a new digital soundboard.  Moving beyond the basic lecture presentation classroom model to a convergence of audio visual and information technologies, the small experimental Black Box theater classroom is a flexible performance space with moveable seating risers and is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and audio equipment.



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Facility Highlights

  • 365-seat fully equipped Community / Performing Arts Theater
  • Theatrical Scene Shop, dressing rooms, green rooms
  • Full fly rigging system-allows for full pieces of scenery to be lifted in and out of the stage area
  • 92 dimmers and electric devices that control lighting fixtures; “intelligent” lights that can move and change colors
  • Experimental Black Box theater classroom
  • Community space with kitchen facilities for public use
  • Administrative support facilities
  • Program space and studios for Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Program space for Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service and continuing education