Professional and campus music, dance, and theatre events, as well as lectures, convocations, and other functions are held in the 1,200 seat Weis Center, an architecturally striking and acoustically exceptional performance hall. The Weis Center for the Performing Arts has been presenting professional performances since 1988.

Through our performances and programs, the Weis Center aspires to transform the nature of the world we live in — locally and globally.

  • We inspire artists to do their best work and share it with the university and greater central Pennsylvania audiences.
  • We inspire audiences to recognize the spiritual power of art and its ability to change individual lives.
  • We inspire communities to become active participants rather than passive spectators through a deeper integration of arts activities shared between the campus and the greater community.

Our Mission

The Weis Center's Events Series aims to engage a balanced and broad spectrum of performing arts and professional presentations of the highest quality. It serves a varied constituency and actively seeks to expose audiences to and develop audiences for music, theatre, dance, and chamber music; from traditional arts through contemporary; both foreign and domestic; and from culturally diverse regions. It aspires to support living and contemporary artists and creators, and ones who cross disciplinary boundaries. It strives to book artists and companies with appropriate ancillary activities whenever possible: residencies, master classes, lecture demonstrations, and public school appearances, with a view to increasing involvement in and knowledge of the arts within the University, local community, and the region.

Our Stats

  • Square Feet: 55,956
  • Architect: Daniel F. Tully Associates, Melrose, Massachusetts
  • General Contractors: Ritter Brothers, Harrisburg, PA (Phase I); Carlisle Construction, Carlisle, PA (Phase II)
  • Sound System: Peirce-Phelps, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Seats: 1,226
  • Dedicated: March 19, 1988
  • Gala Opening: April 4 - May 7, 1988
  • Namesakes: Claire Gross Weis (1884-1981) and Sigmund Weis (1883-1955)

Our History

The Performing Arts Center was funded primarily through a 1982 bequest from the estate of Claire Weis, wife of the founder of the Weis Market chain. At the time of the opening, her son, Sigfried, served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Bucknell and president of Weis Markets. The bequest reflects Mrs. Weis’ lifelong interest in the cultural life of the region and her perception of the advantage of such a facility to Bucknell’s thriving performing arts curriculum as well as to the developing region.

The groundbreaking for the Weis Center took place on May 11, 1985 with construction completing in late 1987 and early 1988.

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