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McCain Auditorium | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: McCain Auditorium

Historical Note:

McCain Auditorium was built in 1970 and was known as the KSU Auditorium.  When President James A. McCain retired in 1975, it was renamed McCain Auditorium.  It serves as home of student music, drama, opera and dance.  McCain Auditorium is the culture center for the live performing arts serving students, faculty and staff, along with the general public.  It has a rich history of bringing world-class engaging experiences to northeastern Kansas.

In 1981, the McCain Development Board was established to promote the McCain Performance Series to the surrounding communities.  It also raises funds for the series to ensure that live performing arts experiences enhance and become integral to the lives of of university and surrounding community members.  During the 1983-1984 season, the Friends of McCain Auditorium was established in order to generate more support.

The free school matinee performances that provide pre-college students live arts education experiences free of charge at McCain Auditorium was started in the late 1980s under the direction of Richard Martin.  These performances are designed to nurture a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts.

In 2008 a circular drive and a World War II Memorial was constructed for better access to McCain Auditorium

McCain Auditorium is committed to enhancing cultural expression, developing human potential and expanding knowledge by offering innovative engagement programs throughout the campus, community and region.

Directors of McCain Auditorium:

Mark Ollington, 1970-1980

Doreen J. Bauman, 1980-1984

Richard J. Diehl, 1984-1985

Stephen W. Riggs, 1986

Richard Martin, 1987-2007

Todd Holmberg, 2007-Present


McCain Auditorium web site: http://www.k-state.edu/mccain

Titus, Mary Ellen.  History of McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. (Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University), 2010.

Note Author: Cynthia A. Harris

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