About Us


James_Headshot_Color (1 of 1)Dear Friend,

This past season the Morrison Center was named the #2 University Venue in the nation for live entertainment in its category and #1 for total number of performances. Much of that success can be attributed to your vital patronage and support.

This year we are delighted to present a wide selection of entertainment with a roster that has something for everyone including the very best that Broadway touring has to offer. In collaboration with Magicspace Entertainment, we are proud to offer you the exciting 2016–2017 Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise Series, including Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular, new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and Beautiful—The Carole King Musical. We invite you to subscribe today and become a Season Ticket Holder so you are first in line.

In addition, we will once again present affordable, family offerings as part of our Velma V. Morrison Family Theatre Series. You can also count on wonderful performances from our University music and theatre students, our resident companies (Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, Opera Idaho, The Cabin and Boise Music Week) and a multitude of other national entertainers and artists.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the continued support of our Volunteers, Boise State University and the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. Thanks to you and many others, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most impressive theatres in the country—a destination for arts, culture and entertainment that we can all be proud of!


James Patrick
Executive Director
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts


Mission and History

Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings annually that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages. As a Boise State affiliate, the Center is a non-profit organization supported by ticket sales, facility rentals, donations and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. The community is always invited to play an active role in our ongoing success as a Donor or Volunteer.

The Morrison Center’s intended role in the cultural advancement of Boise and Idaho is stated in our Mission Statement.

The legacy of the Morrison Center is chronicled through a Historical Perspective, while a Hall of Fame page commemorates both the civic leaders whose devoted efforts helped bring the Center into existence and members of the community who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the performing arts.



Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,037- seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho’s premier performing arts center. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River with a panoramic view of the city, parks and foothills, the Center’s 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol’s picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison, and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984. Views of the Center, inside and out, as well as a showcase of events that have graced our stage, can be found on our Photo Gallery page.



The Mission of the Morrison Center Volunteers is to promote and expand awareness of the facility and to provide support services to the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. To do this, the Volunteers provide ushers, ticket takers, guides, refreshments, a gift shop, hearing assistance, floral arrangements and receptions for the patrons. More information can be found on our Volunteer Page.


The Morrison Center Endowment Foundation

The Foundation’s principal goal is to act as a financial safety net for the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts in regards to operational and capital expenditures when additional funding is required. In addition, the Foundation encourages expanded use of the Center by subsidizing facility costs to Idaho’s performing arts groups. Grant applications are administered in two grant cycles. Deadlines are July 1st and January 1st of each year.  For more information on the Application For Funding, the Foundation may be contacted by mail at 827 E Park Blvd, Suite 200, Boise, Idaho 83712, or by phone at 208-345-5225.


 Every Great City…

“Every great city has a great performing arts facility. In the Morrison Center, Boise has that and much more: a soaring, visible tribute to the importance of arts and culture in our community. As the most isolated city of our size in the Lower 48, Boise possesses a fierce self-reliance in everything we do, including music, theater and dance. The Morrison Center provides more than just a stage for creative expression; rising from the banks of the Boise River, midway between the iconic architectural bookends of the Idaho Capitol and the Boise Depot, the Morrison Center stands as a testament to this city’s embrace of the artistic.”

– Mayor David H. Bieter, Boise, Idaho

Visitor Info

A wealth of information on the where, when and how of attending the Morrison Center

> Calendar of Events

All our currently booked shows on one easy to access page.

> Directions & Parking

The title says it all. Written directions and a printable PDF.

Affiliations and Memberships