About West Performing Arts Center

West Performing Arts Center, a center of excellence for the arts operating within a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose auditorium, is committed to providing artistic opportunities by establishing a community-accessible performing arts center. ~ Mission of West Performing Arts Center

West Performing Arts Center (WestPAC) is a multi-disciplinary theatrical auditorium in New Berlin, WI.  As a cultural performing arts center, West Performing Arts Center is a  space where community, professional, and educational programs join in a synergistic partnership to enhance a greater vision for New Berlin and its surrounding communities.  As the premier Performing Art Center for New Berlin, WestPAC encourages collaboration of highly diverse participants. Celebrating its 8th year of operation, West Performing Arts Center offers the School District of New Berlin a quality presence for its events, the local and national companies a creative atmosphere for meetings, performing arts organizations a state-of-the-art performance venue, and the audiences of WestPAC a high quality entertainment. Currently, WestPAC is home to the NBW Choral and Chamber Choirs, NBW Band, NBW Orchestra, West Theatre Arts Program and West Community Theatre.

Timeline 
2007 - New Berlin West Performing Arts Center Opens
2010 - PAC Manager Judith Smith and Assistant Karen Krzyzak is hired.  
           (New Berlin) West Theatre Arts Program, an afterschool theatrical program is launched  with a 4-show season.  
2011 - Current rentals include 4 different organizations
           SDNB adopts a new model in running the financials for the arts center
           TAP's Theatre Guild is born  
           TAP's Thespian Society is created and the Ovation Awards are launched.
           Updated Sound System and new mics are installed  
2012 - Rentals include 10 organizations and 4 private rentals  
           Blair Kath Construction Manager and Assistant Technical Director is hired
2013 - WestPAC adds West Community Theatre to its offerings.  Nunsense and Willy Wonka Jr launches the WCT
2014 - A new costume system is added and the props shop renovation with fencing and scaffolding is complete.  
           More than 20 organizations rent space for their events at WestPAC.  
           West Performing Arts Center becomes the New Name with a new logo.
2015 - Leslie Stanger joins the part time staff as support event and construction management.
2017 - Your event is added to the calendar!

 

West Performing Arts Center Staff

 

Judith "Judy" Smith (Managing Artistic Director)

With over thirty years in the theatre, Judy’s credentials include working as an actor, properties mistress, educator, and director for professional and amateur theatre. Holding a Bachelor of Arts from University of Iowa and Masters of Arts in Communication and Theatre Administration from Marquette University,  for the past two decades, Judy defined her existence by managing the arts. Judy was Marketing Director to West Virginia Public Theatre, Acting Executive Director for the Southern Oregon University Foundation and Capital Campaign Director of the Center for the Visual Arts in Grants Pass, Oregon, the first Executive Director to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, WI and Executive Director to the Modjeska (Youth) Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Much of her hands on operations and marketing experience is also attributed to working for insurance and investment businesses like Life Investors, Northwestern Mutual and Aurum Software. This is Judy’s sixth year managing the West Performing Arts Center, 6th Season as WestTAP’s artistic director and 4th year as producer of West Community Theatre. Theatre was my first love. I can't take the theatre out of me. And I wouldn't want to. To me, it's home. Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory


 

Karen Krzyzak (Technical Director)

Karen Krzyzak is a former high school teacher with a degree in secondary education in Speech Communication, English, and Theatre from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She spent 13 years as co-director of a youth summer theatre camp and five years as the Teen Troupe director at the Mount Prospect Park District in IL. For seven years she directed the fifth grade musical at Swanson Elementary as well as serving as director of the Christmas production at St John Vianney Parish for six years. Karen has been the Technical Director for West PAC since 2010.


 

Blair Kath (Technical Specialist)

Originally from Whitefish Bay, WI Blair has been working with community members in New Berlin since 2010. She holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre and English education with a focus in theatrical design and technology from UW-Whitewater as well as a Master's Degree in Education from UW-Milwaukee. Blair has worked with many theater companies as a technician. Blair currently teaches theatre fulltime in Racine, WI. 


Leslie Stanger (Assistant Technical Specialist) lives in New Berlin with her family, and has been actively volunteering in the New Berlin School District for many years. After 30 years as a Goldsmith/ Jewelry Designer, Leslie rediscovered her love of the Theater in 2011 as a volunteer West Theatre Arts Program. In 2014 she was hired as a Tech Specialist in Set Construction and WestPAC Event Manager. Leslie enjoys working with the students and the very talented staff at WestPAC.

 

 

School District of New Berlin