The Hebert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) opened in 1996, and houses the FIU Department of Theatre and FIU School of Music. The WPAC is one of Miami's premiere collegiate theatrical and concert venues. It is located on FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC). The $14 million Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center stands as the centerpiece of Florida International University's commitment to the performing arts. A commitment that recognizes the place of music and theatre in the educational and cultural life of our community.
The outstanding facility features five distinctive stages, each of which accentuates a unique aspect of the performing arts. Soloists and orchestras revel in the Performing Arts Center's crown jewel, a 600-seat concert hall that boasts the finest in acoustical engineering and hosts professional music recordings. Theatrical productions benefit the high-quality lighting and sound systems in the 220-seat proscenium theatre, while smaller productions find a welcome home in the the intimate and engaging black box theatre, instrumental hall, and the recital hall. Also located within the facility are practice rooms and a state-of-the-art electronic music laboratory all supportting an active and growing body of young talent.
The Sydell Ida Wertheim Concert Organ is the spotlight of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The prestigious 125-year-old Schantz Organ Company took nearly a year to build the 26-ton organ that is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. The university dedicated the concert organ to the memory of Dr. Herbert Wertheim's mother, Sydell Ida Wertheim.
Theatre majors present four productions per season at the Mainstage Theatre as well as in the Black Box Theatre. The upcoming season will feature professional-grade productions of "Cardenio", "Sleeping Beauty", "June Moon", and "Julius Caesar".
Music majors participate in over 150 performances during the concert season, which incorporates music of all styles including jazz, early music, chamber music, choral/vocal, contemporary music, wind, and opera theater performed by world class musicians and ensembles. They also participate in a plethora of masterclasses and lectures that are also open to the public and offered at no charge.