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Education & Engagement

Wharton Center is about connecting people to engaging, creative opportunities that expand their hearts, minds and world view.

Our educational programs offer unique, valuable experiences for community youth to more deeply engage with the arts and grow critical life skills. Our special programming tied to captivating performances expands our humanity and infuses our lives with connection and meaning.

We offer many paths to engage your mind and inspire your spirit. Come connect with us.

Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity

Supported by MSU Federal Credit Union

The creative activity of Wharton Center is defined by how we collaborate with many of the world-renowned artists who grace our stages. They come to us as performers and as teaching artists in classrooms. They are advocates for the creative process and innovative partners in the co-creation of new work. They provide us with new ways of expressing ourselves and viewing the world in which we live.

The Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity offers many ways to inspire the mind and move the soul through arts engagement and arts education. We’re committed to shaping our world into something remarkable through performing arts and arts education.


whARTon at Home

Join Wharton Institute for Arts & Creativity Staff for a variety of classes in performing arts.

With courses aimed at all interest levels, you will have the opportunity to learn from and create alongside professionals right from the comfort of your own home.

Also, keep art at the center of your day, with Wharton Wednesday, lessons designed for the whole family.

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Take It From The Top

Our Take It From The Top musical theater workshops are taught by a vibrant, talented team of experienced Broadway professionals who take time out of their shows and schedules to come to East Lansing and engage with local students.

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Young Playwrights Festival

Wharton Center’s Young Playwrights Festival has given Michigan high school students the opportunity to see their one-act plays brought to life on the Pasant Theatre stage.

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Sutton Foster Awards

The National High School Musical Theater Awards honor outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater. Wharton Center sponsors Michigan’s state-wide contest, sending two winners to compete on a Broadway stage in New York City. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Audience Engagement

Seeing a show on a Wharton Center stage can encompass so much more than sitting in the audience. For select performances each season, we are proud to offer opportunities for our patrons to connect with performers, learn from artists and ask questions to uncover the deeper meaning of works.

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NextGen@Wharton offers relative newcomers to Wharton Center the chance to see great shows at a discount rate usually reserved for season subscribers, and each show includes an opportunity to attend VIP events with behind-the-scenes access.

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Seats 4 Kids

Experiencing the performing arts is about much more than being entertained. Your contribution provides tickets to economically disadvantaged children through local community service organizations and Title 1 schools.

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Additional Programs

Bert Goldstein

Bert Goldstein
Director of Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity
(517) 884-3108


Kelly Stuible-Clark
Manager of Musical Theatre Programs
(517) 884-3166