Carroll University Otteson Theatre

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238 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186
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10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Construction began on Otteson Theatre in 1977, with funds donated by Sylvane and Elizabeth Otteson, by architects Shattuck, Siewert and Associates, Inc. of Neenah, Wisconsin. The Otteson Theater building opened in 1979, featuring two theaters, the Mainstage which seats up to 150 audience members and the Studio Theater, which seats up to 50. Sylvane Otteson graduated from Carroll in 1927 with a degree in accounting, his wife Betty Cook Otteson graduated from Carroll in 1931 with a degree in music. Betty Otteson’s parents, Paul Cook and Ella Thompson, also met and graduated from Carroll. Ella Thompson Cook was a student of May Rankin and went on to a theatrical career.

In response to the increased demand of nursing students at Carroll, the Henke Nursing Center was built into the Otteson building in 2003. The college used to partner with Columbia College of Nursing to accommodate Carroll's nursing students. The center came about in part due to a donation made by Richard and Sophia Henke in honor of Richard's father Harold Henke class of 1920. The center includes a classroom, faculty offices and a computer lab.

Tour Information:

Carroll University theatre students will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the current production, with access to areas not normally seen by the public.

Masks are required for activities on Carroll University campus while indoors.


This location is kid-friendly.

Photography and Filming Permissions:

During this event, photography and filming are allowed except in actors’ studio and dressing room or of students or guests without their permission.


Entrance to Otteson Theatre is wheelchair accessible via ramp at the main entrance, as well as through the Humphrey Arts Center at the ground level (via elevator up to the main floor) from parking lot #9. Guests may find ADA parking in lots #9 and #19.

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Metro Bus Access:

Free Waukesha Metro Bus rides Saturday, October 9th and Sunday October 10th.
Route 4 Saturday Schedule | Route 4 Sunday Schedule

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