Shea Center for Performing Arts

The Shea Center for Performing Arts is an intimate 922-seat theater built in 1965. The theater boasts a customized, state-of-the-art sound system, computerized lighting system and a unique seating/stage configuration that ensures a close performer/audience connection. Shea Center is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible

A wide variety of University events and visiting artists have appeared at the Center from legendary rock icon David Crosby, to the jazz great, Wynton Marsalis, from Margaret Thatcher to Stephen Sondheim. Each season the University Performing Arts produced WP Presents! hosts dozens of professional artists including musicians, theatre troupes and family artists representing a wide variety of genres. The Jazz Room Series features renowned and emerging jazz performers, as well as students from the University’s highly acclaimed jazz program. The Distinguished Lecturer Series presents an exciting line-up of speakers on topical issues ranging from the arts and culture to sports and politics in distinctive formats that enhance the link between the speakers and the audience. Other events held in Shea Center can be found here.


Shea Center’s stage is an extended apron stage, combining a thrust style fore-stage with a proscenium. The stage area features 16 line sets with limited fly space, two dressing rooms, a green room and a loading dock. Technical Specifications
Click here for an interactive campus map, click on "Shea Center for Performing Arts, and you can experience a full screen, 360º panoramic view of Shea Auditorium.

Fire Exits:

Please locate the fire exit nearest your seat. In the event of an emergency, please
proceed to the nearest exit in an orderly fashion.

Rest Rooms:

are located at either end of the lobby.

Water Fountains:

are located at either end of the lobby.

Services for Persons with Disabilities:

Shea Auditorium is equipped with a hearing enhancement system. Receivers are available at the Box Office (no fee involved). Wheelchair locations and companion seats are available. Large print programs are available with 24 hours notice. Click here for more information.


Parking for the Shea Center can be found in Lots 3 & 4.


Tickets for all Shea events can be purchased online at


Shea Auditorium is available for rental. Contact the Director of Operations at 973-720-2384 or via email for more information.