WYO Performing Arts and Education Center
The WYO Performing Arts and Education Center, located on Sheridan’s historic Main Street, serves Sheridan College’s Theater and Dance programs. After two multi-million dollar renovations, the center now encompasses the original WYO Theater building as well as the buildings to the south and north.
For over a decade, Sheridan College, the City of Sheridan, and the WYO Theater had a vision to expand the original WYO Theater to create a regional performing arts center in the heart of downtown Sheridan. With the support of local foundations and individuals, as well as the State of Wyoming, their dream has become a reality.
Two theaters create endless possibilities
The WYO Performing Arts and Education Center houses two theaters. The main WYO Theater seats 483 in a traditional auditorium. The proscenium stage is complete with a full fly system, newly added wing space on either side of the stage, newly updated sound technologies and full lighting capabilities.
The Mars Black Box Theater, located to the south of the original WYO Theater, was added in 2014 and offers an experimental, intimate theater space. This flexible venue can be set up in any configuration, including traditional, three-quartered or in-the-round seating, perfect for students to learn all types of theater production. The all black theater is outfitted with acoustic diffuser panels, full lighting and sound capabilities and storage space.
Expansion to the north adds dance studio, green room and expanded lobby
The most recent expansion, completed in November 2017, added a dance studio, green room, and an expanded lobby and box office to the WYO Performing Arts and Education Center. This greatly improved the functionality of the theater and provided a dedicated space for Sheridan College’s Dance students. Eventually, the second and third floors of this building will also be renovated to house a lighting studio, rehearsal space and classroom space.