Wirtz Center: Looking Back, Moving Forward!
More than 15 months ago, we closed down our dynamic performing arts venues to wrestle with the global pandemic. We have been focused on providing a diverse range of opportunities for our students to create and perform while at the same time inviting interested audiences to join us. All in all, 23 opportunities were provided that involved more than 1,340 students participating or viewing these offerings. As we move forward, the Wirtz Center is committed to providing a range of diverse and top-notch experiences for our students to create and perform while at the same time inviting audiences to join us.
I’m happy to say we met the challenges presented and found glimmers of hope throughout this past season. This would not have been possible without your support.
The offerings for next season were chosen in the spirit of trying new models, adjusting to new challenges, and providing an even deeper commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
These include an arts open house; plays by Rajiv Joseph, Jiehae Park, and Quiara Alegría Hudes; as well as a rambunctious Broadway musical to welcome our audiences back. While we continue to finalize season details in accordance with University guidance around COVID-19, please know we are planning a return to safe, in-person, live performances this fall.
In line with Dean E. Patrick Johnson’s vision for the Wirtz Center as a collaborative hub across the School of Communication’s five departments—and as a close partner with our counterpart, the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts in Chicago (more about this new venue soon)—we look forward to fostering more inspiring partnerships and innovative work within and around the theatrical form. The Wirtz Center remains focused on providing a diverse range of opportunities for our students to create and perform live in front of audiences. Students will have the opportunity this fall to audition for all productions. More details about the process are located on our audition website.
Thank you for your continued support, stay tuned for more announcements about the year ahead, and we look forward to welcoming you back!
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
21/22 Mainstage Season
Open House: “A Weekend for the Arts at Wirtz”
In Partnership with the Alliance Theatre
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by
Northwestern professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
Directed by Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth
(Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts in Chicago)
The Battlefields of Clara Barton
By Suzan Zeder & Jenn Hartmann Luck
In collaboration with the American Music Theatre Project
Imagine U: Last Stop on Market Street
By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Adapted and Directed by Gloria Bond Clunie
NOV 12-21 (weekends)
DEC 3-12 (streaming)
MFA Collaboration Series: In His Hands
By Benjamin Benne
Book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and Music and Lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick
MFA Collaboration Series: peerless
By Jiehae Park
Imagine U: The Ballad of Mulan
By Alvin Chan
FEB 24 – MAR 6 (weekends)
MFA Collaboration Series: Late, A Cowboy Song
By Sarah Ruhl
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
By Rajiv Joseph
APR 22-MAY 1
The 91st Annual Waa-Mu Show
APR 29-MAY 8
Water by the Spoonful
By Quiara Alegría Hudes
MFA Collaboration Series: Men on Boats
By Jaclyn Backhaus