Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning architectural landmark in the heart of Madison’s thriving cultural arts district. In addition to housing ten resident organizations and presenting more than 200 performances, art exhibitions, and educational and community events each year, Overture offers a variety of venues for performances, corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows, weddings, banquets, and receptions.
Entrance: The entrance is the glass security doors on Henry Street – Let security know who you are, that you’re a stagehand and what production you’re working on. Head up the stairs and follow signs to backstage loading dock.
A premier downtown multi-venue complex features three unique and versatile venues including Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exhibition Hall, and Willow Island. A top choice for expositions, conventions, meetings, concerts, sporting events and much more, the Alliant Energy Center complex is a one-stop-shop for all your events. Ample parking, mouthwatering catering, dedicated staff and a full range of A/V equipment & high speed internet make AEC an event planners delight!
Bring a hard hat if you have one. If not there are communal hard hats available.
Coliseum Entrance: The entrance for stagehands is the north side entrance (there will very likely be semi trucks outside) – custom pin drop on map. Parking should be free if you say you’re a stagehand.
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI
The Kohl Center, opened in 1998, is the home for the UW men’s, and women’s basketball teams, and the men’s hockey teams. Since opening, the building has held up as one of the finest on-campus facilities in all of collegiate athletics. The building is named for U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin), a 1956 graduate of the UW-Madison. The Kohl Center seats 17,230 for men’s basketball, 15,237 for hockey, and between 15,000 and 17,000 for concerts. Owning one of the largest buildings in the conference, the Badgers have been fortunate to have a fan base that fills the Kohl Center on a regular basis. Heading into the 2013-14 season, the men’s basketball team has led the Big Ten in attendance in nine of the last 11 years and finished among the top 10 nationally for 13 straight seasons. The basketball team had a streak of 143 consecutive sellouts (2003-11) snapped in 2011.For hockey, the Badgers have led the nation in attendance in 14 of the 15 seasons and never finished lower than third.
In addition to Badgers athletics, the Kohl Center hosts numerous other events throughout the year including commencement ceremonies for the UW and Madison high schools, concerts, ice skating shows, career fairs, political gatherings and conventions.
The Kohl Center has served as the site for Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) high school championships as well as the 1998 NCAA women’s volleyball national championship, the 2002 NCAA men’s basketball regional championship, 2008 NCAA men’s hockey regional championship and 2009 NCAA women’s hockey quarterfinals.
The Kohl Center also hosts the annual Varsity Band Spring Concert, an event that began in March 1975 and has grown into a three-night affair with professional staging, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics. The concert averages 25,000 attendees every year. On February 12, 2008, democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke before a crowd of over 17,000 prior to the Wisconsin primary and the Dalai Lama spoke in front of a capacity Kohl Center crowd in 2007.
Among the more than 70 concerts held at the Kohl Center since opening in 1998 have been performances by Billy Joel and Elton John, Dave Matthews Band, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Shania Twain, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many others.
Entrance: The entrance is a good 5-10 minutes from where you park. Here is a map showing the rough location of the entrance. Most people will park in this lot (link). Although it is free, this is NOT a public lot and people have been ticketed in the past. The entrance to the lot is on Regent Street. Another parking alternative is the State Street Campus Garage. This is easily a 10 minute walk from the entrance to the Kohl Center. The entrance to use is on Lake Street (link). Parking is $1.25/hour with a $5 max on nights and weekend. They also have event parking for $5.
601 West Dayton, Madison, WI 53715
The Orpheum Theater is the most intact and finest remaining example of a vaudeville and movie theater in Madison. It was one of the two grand movie palaces built in downtown Madison during the heyday of motion picture entertainment, the period of opulent theaters in which one movie mogul remarked “we sell tickets to theaters, not movies.” Financed in part by dentist William Beecroft, also known locally as “Mr. Theater,” it cost a whopping $750,000 to construct. Along with the Capitol Theater across the street, it was the venue for big name orchestras and stage stars, in addition to first run movies. Its French Renaissance interior made it one of the most beautiful public spaces in the city. The limestone exterior was built in the very fashionable Art Deco style, and the towering “Orpheum” sign is a visual landmark in downtown Madison.
216 State St, Madison, WI
The Barrymore Theatre is a 971-capacity live music venue on the east side of Madison. Originally built as the Eastwood Theater in 1929, the Barrymore was founded by Richard “Sich” Slone and Tom Peterson in 1987 in an attempt to revive Madison’s declining Schenk-Atwood neighborhood. The theater has held over 2,000 shows and events including rock concerts, films, plays, dance recitals, broadcasts, political rallies, children’s programming, and community events.
2090 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Union Theater, a premiere venue with superb acoustics, performance space and seating, has a long and interesting history.
The idea for the theater wing was conceived in the pre-1920’s by University President Van Hise and members of the Memorial Union Building Committee who were working on the Memorial Union Project. They imagined a theater with ancillary workshops as an integral part of the Memorial Union, drawing the arts into the daily life of the campus.
The opening of the Wisconsin Union Theater in 1939 marked the realization of a dream and the solution to a long-felt need for a theater at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Statewide radio broadcasted the October 8th inaugural ceremonies, and the next three days saw four splendid performances of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, starring the leading couple of the American Theatre, Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne.
800 Langdon St, Madison, WI
The Mitby Theater is contemporary state-of-the-art performance venue capable of hosting a wide variety of events. With 975 seats, in a continental seating style, the theater maintains an intimacy while comfortably holding a large number of people.
The theater was originally designed as a home for the Madison Symphony Orchestra, so the acoustics are outstanding. Currently the theater hosts student performances for the Madison College’s Performing Arts department as well as local and national touring productions.
3550 Anderson St, Madison, WI
Electronic Theater Controls
ETC’s 325,000-square-foot headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin, built in 2004 and expanded in 2009, is the hub of the company’s global operations and an homage to the art of lighting and entertainment. Virtually a theater in its own right, ETC’s ‘Town Square’ atrium stages a 1940’s street, complete with a life-size recreation of the famous Nighthawks painting by Edward Hopper. Set-like façades such as a marquee theater and an Art Deco skyscraper hide real departments. When the 300+ ETC Source Fours in the ceiling rig are bright, the scrim-like walls create the illusion of solid city structures. When the lights are artfully dimmed by an ETC lighting control system, the workaday world of ETC materializes into view.
3031 Pleasant View Rd, Middleton, WI
Epic Systems Corporation
Our headquarters is located on an 811-acre campus which houses the world’s largest learning center dedicated exclusively to healthcare technology. That’s also where thousands come each year from some of the most innovative health organizations in the world to share their achievements and discoveries.
1979 Milky Way, Verona, WI