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Venues & Seating


Arts Center Venues

Parking for the UCSC campus venues

Please arrive at least 45 minutes EARLY to events on campus to allow time for parking, ticketing, and seating. Parking is located in the Performing Arts lot off of Meyer Drive. A parking fee of $4 - cash (payable at the Performing Arts parking lot) or a UCSC A or B parking permit is required. For more information on UCSC parking permits, please visit the Transportation & Parking Services website.

Mainstage Theater

The Mainstage Theater at the UCSC Theater Arts Center seats 528 in an intimate performance space. The theater features a thrust stage and seating in five sections "in the round". The Mainstage Theater is mobility impaired accessible. View the Mainstage Theater Seating Layout (PDF format). You may also view the Theater Arts Mainstage website for more images of this unique performance space. Seating for most events in the Mainstage is reserved.

Second Stage

The 231 seat Second Stage Theater is adjacent to the Mainstage Theater. It is a small performance space used for student dance and theater productions. Seating is usually reserved. Download the Second Stage Seating Chart (PDF format).

Experimental Theater

With about 200 modular seats, the Experimental Theater or "Black Box/Ex-Space" provides a highly flexible performance space for theater production. Seating is usually general admission, as the seats are rearranged for each production.

Music Center Recital Hall

Opened in 1997 as part of the UCSC Music Center, the stunning Recital Hall is a carefully designed 386 seat acoustically variable performance space featuring a state of the art sound system and theatrical lighting capabilities. View the Recital Hall Seating Chart. You may also visit the Recital Hall Facilities website to view venue information.

Off Campus

UCO/Lick Observatory

The Lick Observatory is located in San Jose on Mount Hamilton, an hour+ drive away. Please allow sufficient time as the Lick is situated high above San Jose, which affords stunning views and more through the observatory's high technology telescopes.

Performances at the UCSC Lick Observatory include the annual Summer Visitor Program and Summer Concert Series that invite the public to view through the telescopes at the observatory. Please visit the UCO/Lick website for more information about these enlightening programs.

Audience Information

Please arrive at least 45 minutes early to all on-campus events to allow time for parking, ticketing, and seating. Latecomers will seated at the discretion of the House Manager or at suitable interval in the program. Some performances do not provide any opportunities for late seating and latecomers will not be let in to the performance.

Wheelchair Accessibility: All venues are wheelchair accessible. For accommodation, please contact the UCSC Ticket Office at 831-459-5829 or the Civic Box Office at 831-420-5260.

Assistive Listening Devices for the hearing-impaired are available for performances at the UCSC Theater Arts Mainstage, Second Stage, Experimental Theater and Recital Hall. Please check with the house manager at least 30 minutes prior to the performance.

UCSC Ticket Office

  • Theater Arts Center
  • 1156 High Street
  • University of California
  • Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
  • Email: tickets@ucsc.edu
  • Phone: (831) 459-2159

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