Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center (PAC)

The Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located in the southeastern corner of Main Campus between the Darrell W. Krueger Library and the Integrated Wellness Complex (IWC).

The PAC features a variety of performance spaces as well as practice rooms, instrument lockers, and a comfy study lounge on the second floor.

What’s In This Building?

University Performances

WSU hosts many annual performances, including:

  • Music concerts
  • Plays
  • Dance performances

Practice Rooms & Instrument Lockers

These spaces are available for:

  • Music majors
  • Music minors
  • Ensemble players

Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre

This space is used for:

  • Plays, dance performances & music concerts
  • Local festivals

Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theatre

This space is used for:

  • Plays
  • Music concerts

Recital Hall

This space is used for:

  • Solo performances
  • Small ensembles

Koi Pond

This space is used for:

  • Doing homework
  • Socializing
  • Relaxing

Academic Departments

University Performances

Every year, Winona State presents over 20 music concerts, six to eight plays, and several dance performances right in the PAC.

The best part: anyone can try out for our shows, regardless of your major.

Practice Rooms & Instrument Lockers

Our piano practice rooms are professionally tuned and are for music majors, minors, and those involved in ensembles.

There are also many storage lockers throughout the building to store your instrument and other equipment.

Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre

The Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre is the primary performance venue for the Department of Theatre & Dance and large ensembles of the Department of Music, seating over 400 people.

It’s also the main space of Great River Shakespeare Festival—a professional theatre company WSU hosts each summer. The University hosts other events throughout the year as well, such as the Frozen River Film Festival and Beethoven Festival.

Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theatre

The Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theatre is unique in that it offers creative and flexible seating configurations. The most popular? You guessed it: a box. This allows the space to be used for innovative and traditional seating alike.

This theatre seats up to 150 people, and it hosts both student- and faculty-directed dramatic and musical performances.

Recital Hall

Our Recital Hall is the go-to venue for student and faculty solo performances and small ensembles.

This space seats just under 200 people, and it also hosts special lecture speakers and visiting artists. Our Recital Hall is known for its outstanding acoustical integrity.

Koi Pond

If you’d rather take a breather outside, check out the koi pond on the western edge of the PAC. This is a great spot to study, hang out with friends, or meditate with the peaceful sounds of water.