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The Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee plans and promotes events for the historic Wisconsin Union Theater stage, ranging from modern dance and classical concerts, to travel adventure films and Broadway musicals. The Performing Arts Committee programs a variety of events to provide a diverse and cultural experience for students, faculty, alumni, and the Madison area community. The Performing Arts Committee members also have the unique opportunity to work directly with artists throughout the booking process and on the day of show.

Through the Concert Series, Jazz Series, World Stage Series, and special events, our committee selects a season that offers artistic integrity, diversity, and campus outreach and involvement between the performers and students.

All free events sponsored by WUD Performing Arts Committee are intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, Union members, and guests.

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Amanda Venske, director




Committee Meetings

Mondays at 5:15pm in Memorial Union (check TITU)


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Upcoming Events


January 26th | 8:00pm

The Flop House

Wisconsin Union Theater
Hilarious and bold critiques of bad movies.


January 30th | 8:00pm

False Confessions: Inside Making a Murderer 2

Wisconsin Union Theater
A Conversation with Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin - Brendan Dassey’s Lawyers


February 1st | 7:30pm

Imani Winds

Wisconsin Union Theater
Woodwind quintet renowned for energetic playing, culturally poignant programming and adventurous collaborations.


February 9th | 8:00pm

Billy Childs Quartet

Wisconsin Union Theater
Jazz pianist and the 2018 Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.


February 14th | 7:30pm

Four Seasons Theatre Cabaret: Vintage Valentines

Wisconsin Union Theater
Bring your valentine on a musical journey of love songs past and present.


February 17th | 7:30pm

John McCutcheon

Wisconsin Union Theater
Wisconsin native and folk singer-songwriter John McCutcheon celebrates Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday.


March 1st | 7:30pm

Cuarteto Casals

Wisconsin Union Theater
String quartet performing the great masterpieces from the 17th century to today.


March 2nd | 7:00pm

ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal

Wisconsin Union Theater
This event features 10 top collegiate a cappella groups from the Great Lakes region as part of a global tournament.


March 3rd | 7:30pm

The Chieftains

Wisconsin Union Theater
Blending Irish tradition with modern music, The Chieftains push genre boundaries and give a fresh and energetic show!


March 7th | 8:00pm

A Way with Words

Wisconsin Union Theater
Discover new words, slang, grammar and more with upbeat hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett.


March 8th | 8:00pm

Habib Koité & Bassekou Kouyate

Wisconsin Union Theater
Malian powerhouse musicians fuse traditional African instruments with a fresh pop approach.


March 11th | 7:30pm

UW Jazz Orchestra

Wisconsin Union Theater
The Wisconsin Union Theater presents the UW Jazz Orchestra!


March 27th | 8:00pm

Pedrito Martinez Group

Wisconsin Union Theater
Afro-Cuban jazz


March 30th | 7:30pm

Apollo's Fire

Wisconsin Union Theater
Experience what makes Vivaldi the "rock n' roll composer" of the 18th century.


April 18th | 8:00pm

Victor Wooten

Wisconsin Union Theater
Five-time Grammy Award-winning funk bassist