Who We Are
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center was the vision of several community and civic leaders in Midland and Odessa. In 2006 that vision was realized when Texas Legislation was authorized for the construction of a performing arts facility and music department for The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The goals were simple but profound: to achieve excellent acoustics, offer enhanced theater systems, and improve cultural and educational opportunities for the region. Construction began on the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in March of 2009 and was completed in the fall of 2011.
What We Do
With multiple awards ranging from #1 University Venue for venues with 5,000 seats or fewer and #67 in the Top 100 Theatre Venues worldwide for 2013, The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center boasts an exterior design that combines local themes of geology and open sky and is a visual symbol of culture, education, achievement, and performance excellence. The Wagner Noël hosts a myriad of community and regional events from musical concerts to ballet and Symphonic performances bringing some of the biggest names in entertainment. The center also puts on numerous University of Texas of the Permian Basin events including student recitals and the University Holiday Celebration.
(Photo Credit: 2014 Len Allington)
Planning Your Visit / Patron Services
At the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, we are committed to making your visit an exceptional one. Please see below for some information to help you better plan your visit.
Cameras, Cell Phones, and Recording Devices:
Flash photography and cameras with a detachable lens are not permitted during ticketed events. Other cameras, recording devices, monopods/tripods, and selfie sticks are not allowed, as a general rule. Cell phone use is discouraged and is considered to be distracting to other patrons’ experiences. Patrons unable to comply with these policies may be ejected from the building.
The front doors to the lobby open approximately one hour before curtain time. Seating policies vary by performance, but as a courtesy to performers and audience members, latecomers may be seated during a suitable pause in the performance.
Smoking and Tobacco Use:
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, is a non-smoking, non-tobacco facility. This includes electric cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Smoking is allowed outdoors only, beyond a 20-foot perimeter of all entrances, windows, and ventilation to non-smoking areas.
Concealed and Carried Weapons:
As a facility of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, the Wagner Noël is a weapon-free zone and as such complies with Texas Penal Code Ch. 46.
In accordance with Texas Penal Code Ch. 46, it is a felony to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possess a firearm, illegal, knife, or prohibited weapon (with or without a concealed handgun permit) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, to include any buildings or passenger transportation vehicles under the direct control of the educational institution.
Beverages, including soda, water, wine, beer, and liquor, are available for purchase in the lobby. Refreshments are sold in reusable souvenir cups (allowing patrons to take them inside the theatre) and are available for purchase one hour prior to performances. Sales will conclude once the main act has gone on stage and will again be available for purchase if there is an intermission. Concession areas are located in the first floor and, for some events, in the upper lobby. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the theatre.
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with performances in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets. If at any time you have any questions about content or themes, please feel free to contact the administrative office at (432) 552-4430 and we would be happy to provide you with that information.
Infants & Small Children
All patrons of the Wagner Noël, regardless of age, must have a ticket for admission, including children and infants carried in arms. Strollers are not allowed in the building. Please note that most ticketed events at the Wagner Noël are not appropriate for preschool-age children.
Facilities are located on each of the three lobby levels, on the west side. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. A family restroom is available on the main level and also on the third level, next to the women’s restroom.
Lost and Found:
Found items will be held by staff members on duty during performances. Following the performances, items may be claimed at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center’s administrative office Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Please call (432) 552-4430.
Personal Health Emergency:
A nurse may be on duty during performances and can be contacted by any staff member.
Coats may be checked with an attendant free of charge at the Will Call office. We will not check bags or any other personal items and ask that you check your coat pockets for any valuables, as we will not be held responsible for these items.
Changes, Cancellations, & Rescheduled Events:
Due to the unpredictable nature of live performances, advertised performers, event dates, and times are subject to change. In the event a performance is cancelled or rescheduled, information will immediately be placed on the Wagner Noël website and the venue Facebook page. Information may also be sent to patrons via e-mail if contact information is provided at time of purchase.
Only in extreme inclement weather are shows cancelled or postponed. In these situations, please visit our website, our venue Facebook page, call the administrative office, or stay tuned to local media for any updates.
Volunteer ushers are community members who provide an essential and appreciated service to the Wagner Noël. Volunteer ushers greet patrons, scan tickets, give directions, and assist the Wagner Noël staff with events. Ushers also assist with a wide variety of community events held at the Wagner Noël.
New volunteers are accepted as needed at the start of the fall and spring semesters and are required to attend a two-hour orientation session. All ushers are expected to sign up for a minimum number of shows (approximately 8) per semester.
For additional information, please contact [email protected] or call (432) 552-4440.