Performing Arts

Madison College Performing Arts students endeavor to work on their craft while being safer-at-home.  Watch snippets of their work, as well as full individual videos in our Creative Quarantine Collection playlist.

Madison College Performing Arts students participated in a discussion with Forward Theatre’s Artistic Director Jen Uphoff Gray.

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Madison College Performing Arts is the home for Madison College’s theater, music and dance performance ensembles. The Theater department stages up to three theater productions per year at the Mitby Theater, as well as workshops, field trips and arts outreach programming. The Music department offers seven different music ensembles to nurture your passion for music. If you have an interest in performing, whether it’s acting, singing, or playing a musical instrument, Madison College Performing Arts provides a wide variety of opportunities for all students. Experience the power of music and theater at Madison College.

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Theater Opportunities

Are you interested in acting, directing, design, stage management or crew positions? Madison College students can engage in theater through productions as well as workshops and outreach activities. Learn improvisation or stage combat! Volunteers are needed for every production, both on the stage and in the wings. To find out how to get involved, please contact us via email, call (608) 246-6524, or stop by the Mitby Theater Box Office (located in the northwest hallway of the Truax building) for more information. 

As a student, you are able to receive academic credit for participation in Madison College theater programs. Please contact Miranda Hawk with questions on which course to enroll.

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Play Performance
Madison College Performing Arts is committed to staging comic, dramatic, and classical plays. The performance repertoire explores each of these genre in a typical four semester cycle. Plays are staged in both the Studio Theater and the Mitby Theater. Equal opportunities exist for onstage and backstage work.

Musical Theater Performance
Madison College Performing Arts is committed to musical theater productions. The performance repertoire explores at least one musical theater production in a typical four semester cycle. Musicals are staged in either the Studio Theater or the 
Mitby Theater. Equal opportunities exist for onstage and backstage work.

Improvisational Theater
Weekly workshops are held to explore the world of improvisational theater. When students develop sufficient skill and experience, improv shows are presented to the public.

Theater Workshops
Previous workshops for students interested in all areas of theater include stage combat (licensed and certified), costume design, play-making, auditioning and college preparedness.

Theater/Performance Outreach
Current outreach programs include Fusion Science Theater which uses theater and storytelling to teach science concepts to elementary students.

Performing Arts Leadership (PAL)
Together with faculty, PAL members decide each theater season’s shows, organize outreach, promote the season and help expand performing arts programming at Madison College. In addition, they coordinate and participate in workshops at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and other regional theaters. This gives PAL members and other performing arts students the chance to see and work with theater professionals. (
Student representatives receive a stipend for each semester of service.)

PAL Meetings
Madison-Truax | Room A2031 | Friday | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

For more information or questions about theater programming, please contact Miranda Hawk.

Music Ensembles

Make Music at Madison College

Madison College offers multiple opportunities to strengthen and share your talents. Choose from seven different music ensembles to nurture your passion for music. Each ensemble performs on and off campus focusing on making new connections locally, helping to make Madison and the surrounding area the culturally rich community it is.  The World Drumming Ensemble and Madison College Chorale are open exclusively to registered students, while the other five performing ensembles are made up of both vibrant community members and engaged students.  

If you are a student enrolled in any degree-credit course at Madison College, you do not need to register for most of our music ensembles and can participate for free (with the exception of World Drumming Ensemble and Chorale). However, if you would like to earn degree-credit for your participation, enroll in one of the music department courses. Please contact Tim Patterson at (608) 243-4468 or Jamie Kember if you have questions about any of these music opportunities.

If you are a student or community member not taking degree-credits at Madison College, you can still join the community ensembles by registering for non-degree credit through Continuing Education - Music and Dance. If you are not sure which course to enroll, please contact Tim Patterson at (608) 243-4468 or Jamie Kember

Join a Madison College music group to get involved in the arts and the community today.

Madison College Big Band

Madison College Big Band is a unique jazz big band that brings together people in all different periods of their life, from Madison College students fresh out of high school to retirees. This ensemble is one of many arts opportunities that Madison College provides, helping to make Madison and the surrounding area the culturally rich community that it is. The Madison College Big Band meets Monday evenings, exploring many periods of music for jazz big band, preparing for performances that are held throughout the year. Participation is open to all jazz instrumentalists by audition.

Madison-Truax | Room A1033A/B | Monday | 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.


Madison College Chorale consists primarily of students in the Liberal Arts Transfer, Associate Degree, and certificate-granting programs at Madison College. Students focus on developing performance skills through music featured on a public performance held near the end of the semester, which marks the culmination of their semester experience. Open to all interested students.

Madison-Truax | 
Room A1033A/B | Monday/Wednesday | 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

Madison College Choral Collective is a community based vocal ensemble comprised of Madison College students and staff, as well as Madison-area community members. This collective of singers finds joy in group singing and fulfilling the ensemble's mission, which is to bring choral performances to campus and the surrounding Madison area. Madison College Choral Collective is a non-audition, inclusive organization.  All are welcome to sing!

Madison-Truax | 
Room A1033A/B | Thursday | 7 - 9 p.m.

Madison College Jazz Combo is comprised of vibrant community members and active Madison College students. This ensemble meets weekly to learn jazz theory and learn to improvise while preparing for performances held throughout the year. No previous jazz performance experience is necessary. Open to all interested jazz instrumentalists.

Room A1033A/B | Monday | 7:45 - 9 p.m.

Madison College Band

Madison College Municipal Band is an auditioned ensemble comprised of musicians of all ages and ability levels from Madison College and its surrounding communities. Rehearsing weekly on Wednesday evenings, the mission of the ensemble is to contribute positively to the musical environment of the Madison College arts community and to the community at large through the performance of quality wind literature in a wide range of styles. The ensemble provides for its membership a continuing opportunity for personal involvement in the arts while fostering an environment for musical expression, appreciation, growth and collegiality. Participation is open to all wind, brass and percussion players by informal audition.

Room A1033A/B | Wednesday | 7 - 9 p.m. 


Madison College's Drumming Ensemble

Madison College World Drumming Ensemble is a high-energy ensemble comprised of Madison College students. The ensemble focuses on world drumming techniques and styles both directly from Brazil and influenced by Afro-Cuban rhythms. Previous drumming experience and the ability to read music are not required. No audition required and open to all students.

Madison-Truax | 
Room A1033B | Tuesday/Thursday | 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


Madison Community Orchestra (MCO) is an ensemble of approximately 80 musicians of varying ages and abilities from the Madison area. Conducted by Dr. Blake Walter, the group is committed to the growth and continuing education of amateur musicians through regular rehearsals and performances. In classic community orchestra style, rehearsals are fun and musically formative; concerts are enthusiastically performed and received. The MCO rehearses weekly and performs four concerts annually, including the popular Holiday Concert in the State Capitol Rotunda. Membership is open to all string players.  Positions for winds, brass and percussion are by informal auditions. 

Madison Community Orchestra

Room A1033A/B | Tuesday | 7:15-9:15 p.m.


For more information on these music ensembles, please contact Tim Patterson at (608) 243-4468 or Jamie Kember 

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