A mission-based non-profit organization located in downtown Milwaukee, the Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC) brings high-quality arts and cultural programming to Southeastern Wisconsin. Serving more than 200,000 people annually, MPAC brings a diverse range of celebrated performing arts to the region, including: 

  • Tony Award-winning Broadway shows.
  • Exceptional music, dance, and theatre events from artists in Milwaukee and around the world.
  • Exciting community events & celebrations.
  • Fun, educational experiences for young audiences.
  • Private events, like weddings and meetings.

A fixture in Milwaukee for over 50 years, MPAC is home to four major resident companies: Black Arts MKE, First Stage, The Florentine Opera, and Milwaukee Ballet. MPAC is proud to be part of the Milwaukee Theater District as well as a dedicated War Memorial facility, honoring those who bravely served our country. 

From our world-class performances to inspiring community events, we hope your experience at the Marcus Performing Arts Center leaves you feeling transported and transformed. 

“The Marcus Center has been part of my life since I was a teenager. I saw my first symphony when I was on a date at 16 years old. Since then, I’ve enjoyed many shows, concerts, and plays at the Marcus Center. It’s such an important and vibrant part of the southeastern Wisconsin arts scene.

From annual galas, to weddings, to taking my daughter to the Nutcracker, to dozens of Broadway shows, I have so many wonderful memories at the Marcus Center.

The arts make our city so much more vibrant and culturally stimulating.

I’m so excited for all the memories still to be made at the Marcus Center for decades to come.”

Lori Craig
PNC Wealth Management
MPAC Board Member

Our Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

The Marcus Performing Arts Center commits to creating a more racially representative and equitable community at MPAC so that we may continue to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts and entertainment.

Our Mission

The Marcus Performing Arts Center acts as an energizing force that connects our community to the world through collaboration, innovation, social engagement and the transformative power of live performing arts.

Our Vision

The Marcus Performing Arts Center is the region’s world-class gathering place for all.

Our Strategic Pillars

Invest to create a more racially representative and inclusive community at MPAC so that we may continue to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts and entertainment

Ensure an excellent event experience both Front of House and Back of House

Expand audience through brand development and community engagement that will attract individuals to our venue and inspire life-long engagement with the arts.

Develop organizational capability through people, process, and physical assets.

Increase engagement, job satisfaction, and productivity among team members and volunteers.


Discover our Cultural Ambassador Program with Donald Driver

As part of our commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the performing arts, MPAC is proud to partner with Green Bay Packers legend and community advocate Donald Driver as the organization’s first Cultural Ambassador.

Through the partnership, Driver will work with the Marcus Performing Arts Center to create intersections between the performing arts and the community through engaging activities developed with artists during the MPAC Presents season. 

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Discover the leadership team behind the Marcus Center.

Kevin Giglinto

President & CEO

Katie Dillow

CFO & VP of Finance & Administration

Lory Bowman

VP of Marketing & Communications

Jared Duymovic

VP of Programming & Engagement

Ken Harris

VP of Venue Operations

Megan Huse

VP of Development

We'd love to have you on our team.

Our volunteers and staff help us provide unforgettably awesome experiences for our community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Find friends, build your résumé, and enjoy free shows as a volunteer.

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Employment Opportunities

MPAC is the perfect place to advance your career in the arts.

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Discover our history.

From construction in 1966 to today, the Marcus Performing Arts Center has been a cornerstone for arts, culture, and design in Milwaukee. You may not know…

  • In 1945, planning began for a war memorial dedicated to providing for “art, music, drama, public discussion, and social assembly” in Milwaukee.
  • Music legends like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash have played at MPAC throughout the years.
  • Our building was designed by renowned modernist architect Harry Weese, who also contributed to The Field Museum, Union Station, and the Chazen Museum of Art.