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The Shea Center for Performing Arts at William Paterson University, built in 1965, houses an intimate 922-seat auditorium…

…a 104-seat Shea Recital Hall, and multiple music practice rooms and rehearsal spaces.

The Shea Auditorium 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.

The Shea Recital Hall serves as a recital hall and instructional space, with totally redesigned interior, new acoustics, a new stage, fixed seating, lighting, control booth, and interior finishes. The Shea Center for Performing Arts is air-conditioned and fully ADA compliant.

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A wide variety of University events and visiting artists have appeared at the Shea 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! series 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.


ADA Accessibility, Free Parking, Rental Performance Space, Concerts, Theatre Productions, Lectures, Dance, Educational Programming, & Special Events


Ticket prices vary.


300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The center will open one hour prior to a scheduled performance.

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