Location and Parking

University Theatre productions take place in Vilas Hall, located at 821 University Avenue in Madison.

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Production spaces in Vilas Hall

Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre

Named for faculty member Ronald Mitchell, who served with the Department from 1939-1974.

A modified thrust stage with a seating capacity of 321 patrons




Gilbert V. Hemsley Theatre

Named for the celebrated lighting designer and production manager who served as UW-Madison professor from 1970-1982.

A flexible black box space capable of multiple seating arrangements for audiences of 70-130.


University Theatre occasionally performs at the Memorial Union: in Shannon Hall at the Memorial Union, an 1100 seat proscenium space; and the Play Circle, a flexible space seating 180-300. Information on those spaces may be found here.


A variety of parking options are available within close proximity to our theatres. Allow plenty of time for parking, especially on performance dates when there is also an activity at the Kohl Center.

UW Lots
Click here for parking map and information about pre-paid parking pass options for UW Arts Events.

City Lot
Lake Ramp: Lake Street, north of University Avenue.
Attendant or credit card payment options

Private Lot
Lucky Building/University Square underground parking 777 University Avenue. Enter on Lake street between University Avenue and West Johnson. 24 hour metered; pre-pay at station prior to exit.