Theatre Facilities

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Elder Theatre Center
(McDonald and Miller Theatres)
5100 Huntington Ave.
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794
(402) 465-2395
theatre [at] (theatre[at]nebrwesleyan[dot]edu)

Theatre Facilities

Excellent theatre facilities make it possible for Nebraska Wesleyan University to offer a diverse selection of opportunities for students to perform and learn.


View from the stage of McDonald Theatre looking out over newly renovated audience seating.

McDonald Theatre

McDonald Theatre in the Elder Memorial Theatre Center is home to NWU Theatre’s main stage performances. The newly renovated McDonald Theatre includes wider, more comfortable seats and a suspended stage to better accommodate more intricate transitions of actors, scenery and props. This large venue gives students the opportunity not only to act, but also to perfect skills in sound and lighting design. Students build sets for main stage performances immediately behind the McDonald stage. 


Actors performing on the Miller stage.

Miller Theatre

Miller Theatre in the Elder Memorial Theatre Center is the university’s premier laboratory theatre space. This highly adaptable space can be catered to a wide variety of small performance formats. Miller Theatre is home to the university’s popular spring and fall One-Act Festivals featuring student-directed performances. Elder Memorial Theatre Center is located at 51st and Huntington Ave. Free parking is available in lots at 50th and Huntington.


Theatre professor instructs acting students in sword combat.

Studio Theatre

The Studio Theatre at 2710 N. 48th St. is NWU’s newest rehearsal and performance space. The facility gives NWU Theatre a strong presence on Lincoln’s bustling North 48th Street and is an excellent space for small and experimental theatre performances. Free parking is available behind the building.


Looking down the aisle, two rows of costumes stacked on top of each other line both sides of the aisle.

Costume Library

NWU also boasts the Great Plains’ largest costume and prop libraries. That means every time you step onstage to act, sing or dance, you’ll do it outfitted and supported by the best facilities and the deepest theatre collections in the region. Learn more about costume rental.