Mission, Vision, & Values


Established in 1969, the Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin, bringing high-quality arts and cultural programming to the region. As a mission-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MPAC strives to act as a bridge between cultures and an energizing force for collaboration and advocacy in the community.

The touring Broadway Series, sponsored by Johnson Financial Group, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee since 1996, and provides opportunities to educate, entertain, and engage audiences. As a presenter, MPAC offers its own diverse arts and cultural programming and outreach, such as MPAC Presents, Rainbow Summer Reimagined, KidZ Days, ArtsConnect, and additional performances from internationally-renowned performing artists.

Marcus Performing Arts Center is also home to a variety of resident arts partners, including First Stage, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera Company, Black Arts MKE, and more. MPAC is proud to be a dedicated War Memorial facility, honoring those who bravely served our country. 


The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation.

Our Mission

The Marcus Center acts as an energizing force that connects our community to the world through collaboration, innovation, social engagement and the transformative power of live performing arts.

Our Vision

The Marcus Performing Arts Center is the region’s world-class gathering place for all.

Our Statement Of Guiding Values


We are champions for the arts
We are catalyst for connecting the community
We serve as an incubator for emerging live performing arts
We are open to considering new ideas and taking smart risks


We welcome everyone
We offer transformative opportunities
We provide diverse and inclusive programming and events
We break down barriers


We are curious and growth minded
We fiercely pursue fresh ideas
We keep an eye to the future and embrace change
We foster an environment where creativity and innovation is valued


We treat everyone like a star
We provide “WOW” service
We will be an employer of choice and venue of choice
We provide world class programming


We dream big
We imagine and create the world we want to see
We set industry standards for performing arts centers
We value the voice and cultivate the best in every team member