Commercial Events

Contact: Jane Moore

Director of Booking & Events Services

Phone: 574-235-5901


Complete tech packet available here.


Booking Policies

Resident Users, as described below, shall have first preference regarding booking dates for their proposed seasons. The Resident User season, for calendaring purposes, is defined as beginning June 1st and concluding May 31st. Resident Users will meet annually with the Executive Director of the Morris during the last week of May to discuss holds for the following year’s season with “final holds” to the confirmed by September 30th.

Qualified Promoter

A Qualified Promoter is a promoter who has presented an event at the Morris Performing Arts Center and has satisfied all previous Morris Performing Arts Center contractual agreements -or- a new promoter who has successfully applied for a license to use the Morris Performing Arts Center’s facilities. A new promoter must complete a Morris Performing Arts Center license application and submit it with a fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable application fee. The application fee is for credit reports and background checks. The new promoter becomes a Qualified Promoter when license application has been approved by the Morris Performing Arts Center management.

Frequent User

A Frequent User is an organization or individual who guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 – May 31). Frequent Users will be afforded special rental fee rates.

Commercial User

A Commercial User is a for-profit company whose primary business is to produce and/or promote touring stage productions, concerts or similar events; also applies to an individual or organization who presents an event and does not meet the requirements of a not-for-profit, frequent, or resident user.

Not-For-Profit User

A Not-For-Profit User must also be identified as a Qualified Promoter and posses a current 501(c) federal classification. Local St. Joseph County Not-For-Profit Users may be afforded special rental fee rates. The Not-For-Profit User special rental fee rates are not applicable if the Not-For-Profit User partners or co-promotes with a Commercial Promoter. Said co-promoted rentals shall be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Resident User

Resident Users are divided into two categories and will be afforded special rental fee rates.

Presenter Category: A Presenting Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit organization possessing a 501(c) federal classification. A Presenting Resident User is further identified as being an organization that primarily contracts and presents touring artists/productions. A Presenting Resident User guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31).

Producer Category:A Producing Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit arts organization possessing a 501(c)3 federal classification. A Producing Resident User is further identified as being an organization that locally produces and guarantees to present eight (8) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31) who have artistic control over its productions and use primarily local or regional talent.

Tentative Date Holds

Only a Qualified Promoter may ‘hold’ dates for potential events. The ‘hold’ must be documented on a Booking/Scheduling Information Report and must include current address and telephone numbers. ‘Holds’ are for a maximum of 30 days. ‘Holds’ may be renewed; however, it is the responsibility of all promoters to notify the Morris Performing Arts Center of any desire to renew or extend an existing ‘hold.’ All ‘hold’ dates may be ‘challenged.’

Date Challenge

If a tentative date is ‘held’ by one Qualified Promoter, a second Qualified Promoter may challenge the date by providing the minimum rental deposit. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ has 48 hours to provide the minimum rental deposit and confirm the date. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ will be notified by phone that the date is being challenged. It is the responsibility of all promoters to keep the Morris Performing Arts Center advised of any changes in their telephone numbers.

Confirmed Dates

When the Morris Performing Arts Center receives a non-refundable rental deposit from a Qualified Promoter and issues a fully executed agreement, the date is confirmed. Confirmed dates have a 21-day booking protection versus similar events as determined by the Executive Director of the Morris. Similar events with different promoters have a 21-day grace period regarding release of tickets for sale to the general public.

Rental Deposits

A rental deposit is required and must accompany return of signed contract.


All Morris Performing Arts Center Rental Agreements will be issued for a specific day, date, and time(s). All said agreements will include an expiration date and must be returned promptly with the deposit to avoid cancellation of agreement offer and forfeiture of ‘hold’. The standard expiration date shall be ten (10) business days from issuance of agreement offer.

Seating Breakdown by Area

Section # of Seats
Pit 64
Orchestra** 510
Main** 686
Lower Boxes 20
Upper Boxes 20
Royal Boxes 28
Mezzanine 200
1st Balcony 392
2nd Balcony 400
3rd Balcony 244
TOTAL 2564

** 20 Wheelchair Positions available on main floor. If used, will reduce total seats available, as each wheelchair position is the equivalent of 4 regular seats.

  • Note: A $3.50 Morris Improvement Fee/Surcharge must be included in all advertised ticket prices.

Marketing & Advertising

Located between Chicago, Fort Wayne, Detroit and Indianapolis, the South Bend/Mishawaka Designated Market Area ranks 77th in the nation and 2nd behind Indianapolis in the State of Indiana. The population within a 25 mile radius of South Bend exceeds 500,000 and within a within a 45 minute drive, the population figure approaches a million. A recent Study of this marketing area reported a mean age to be between 18 and 49 with annual retail sales in excess of $8.1 billion.

Along with conventional methods of marketing and advertising, the Morris also utilizes social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote shows, gain interest and boost ticket sales.

Television Advertising:

WBND-TV 58 ABC / WMWB Michiana’s WB Channel 5 / New CW  

WNIT-TV 34 Public Television

53550 Generations Drive 300 West Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46635 South Bend, IN 46601
574-344-5500 Rachel Wegner 574-674-9648
 Tiffiney Gray Cindy McCraner
WHME-TV 46 Local Service Station WSBT-TV 22 CBS/UPN/FOX
61300 Ironwood Road 1301 Douglas Road
South Bend, IN 46614 Mishawaka, IN 46545
574-291-8200 574-233-3141
Jeff Castello Julie Harrell
WNDU-TV 16 NBC Comcast Spotlight
54616 US 31 N 1001 N. Hickory Road, Ste. 500
South Bend, IN 46637 South Bend, IN 46615
574-284-3182 574-217-7856
Pat Ladewski John Kane


Radio Advertising:

MNC-FM 95.3 (Michiana News Channel) WNSN-FM Sunny 101.5 (Contemporary Lite)

WQLQ Live 99.9 (Urban/Top 40)

237 West Edison Road 1301 Douglas Road
Mishawaka, IN 46545 Mishawaka, IN 46545
574-258-5483  574-247-4300
Traci Foster  Michael Klein 
WBYT-FM B-100 (Country) WRBR-FM 103.9 The Bear (Adult Rock)
237 West Edison Road 237 West Edison Road, Suite 200
Mishawaka, IN 46545 Mishawaka, IN 46545
574-258-5483 574-258-5483
Rocky Curl Justin Stults
WFRN-FM (Christian)/

WCMR-AM (Gospel)/

WGNC-FM (Clean Country)

WSBT-AM 960 (Talk, Adult Lite)

WZOC-FM 94.3 (Class Hits)

WHFB-FM 102.5 (Hot AC)

PO Box 307 1301 Douglas Road
Elkhart, IN 46515 Mishawaka, IN 46545
574-875-5166 (574-440-8335 Cell) 574-247-4324 (574-274-5669 Cell)
Karin Baker Christian Carlson
WHPV-FM Pulse (Christian) WSMK-FM 99.1 (Urban/Contemporary)
61300 Ironwood Drive 925 N. 5th Street
South Bend, IN 46615 Niles, MI 49120
574-291-8200 269-683-4343
Jeff Castello Marci Taylor
WNDV-FM & AM (Oldies, Talk, ND Football)

WNDV-FM U93 (Top 40)

WZOW-FM 97.7 (Adult Rock)

WVPE-FM (Public Radio)
3371 West Cleveland Road, Suite 310  2720 California Road
South Bend, IN 46616 Elkhart, IN 46516
574-257-2346 574-674-9873
Pam Homan  Tom Labuzienski
WAUS- FM 90.7 (Classical) WUBS-FM (Jazz)
4160 East Campus Circle Drive 702 Lincolnway West
Berrien Springs, MI 49104 South Bend, IN 46619
269-470-2944  574-287-4700
Wanda Poole
Midwest Family Broadcasting

WIRX 107.1 (Classic Rock)

Lake City Radio

WRSW (Classic Rock), Willie (Country)

580 E. Napier 216 W. Market St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Warsaw, IN 46580
269-925-1111 574-372-9064
Midwest Communications
WVFM 106.5, WKZO 590, WNWN 1560, WFAT 96.5,
WIN 98.5 & 35.5, ESPN 1660
WROI (Adult Contemporary, Sports, News)
Kalamazoo, MI 49008 Rochester, IN
269-488-3810  574-223-6059
Barb Breen Todd Zartman
WIDR-FM 89.1 (Western Michigan University)
1501 Faunce Student Services
Kalamazoo, MI 49008



Print Advertising:

South Bend Tribune Michiana Entertainer
225 West Colfax Avenue 3311 Willowcreek Rd. Suite 169
South Bend, IN 46601 Portage, IN 46368
574-235-6604 Nick Herberg 708-691-4356 or 219-734-6776
 The Observer   114 South Main Street
 Independent Newspaper Serving Goshen, IN 46526
 Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College 574-533-2151 ext. 398
 Notre Dame, IN 46556
 574-631-5303 KALAMAZOO, MI
 574-631-6927 FAX Kalamazoo Gazette
401 S Burdock Street
PAXTON MEDIA GROUP   Kalamazoo, IN 49007
The Elkhart Truth 800-466-4237
LaPorte Herald Argus 269-388-8406 FAX
Michigan City News Dispatch
Herald Palladium (St. Joseph, MI) Niles Daily Star
421 South 2nd Street Edwardsburg Argus
Elkhart, IN 46516   Dowagiac Daily News
574-296-5869 Scott Shultz 217 N 4th Street Niles, MI 49120
Plymouth Pilot News
P.O. Box 220
Plymouth, IN 46563

General Technical Information

Time Zone: Eastern

Stage Specifications

Physical Address 211 N. Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Backstage Contacts
Kyle Miller
Production Manager
574-245-6136 Phone
615-693-8973 Cell
574-235-9729 Fax
Jim Monroe
Director of Facility Operations
574-245-6074 Phone
574-596-3899 Cell
574-235-9729 Fax
Height 3′ 6-1/2″ from auditorium floor to top edge of stage
Proscenium Opening 54’w x 25′-11-1/4″h (Height 23’9″ with valance)
Depth 45′ (plaster line to wall), add 8’6″ DS with pit
Wing Space 24′ SL                                               20’SR
Loading Access 3 loading doors, 2 w/dock levelers & 1 with van access.
Each have 8’x10′ door openings.
Counterweights 78,500 lbs.
# of Line Sets 68 — See schedule for details
Grid Height 72′
Batten Height 67′ (Travel)       71′ (High Trim)      47’3″ (Orch. shell clearance)
Battens 68 lines – 1.5″x70′ pipes                  (1400 lbs. Max. – single prch)
Power (3)–400amp, 3 phase, 3 leg, 120v/208v (stage left)
200 amp, 3 phase for sound, 120v/208v (stage right)
(2)–60amp, 3 phase for shore power
Convenience Receptacles (5)–30amp convenience receptacles at grid iron
(4)–30amp receptacles at F.O.H. rigging points
Pit 8’6″w deep (US -> DS) x 46’4″wide x 8’2″deep                                       Automated Serapid Orchestra Pit Lift                                                                4 Positions: Stage Level, Audience (3’6-1/2″), Orchestra (8’2″) and Low/Storage
Backstage Elevator Door 6’x7′ opening
Proscenium Rigging 8 Points, 7 and 23 feet off center, the first set approximately 2’6” DS of the plaster line, and the other set 5’6” DS of the plaster line.
2000 lbs weight limit per point
Offstage Rooms 8 DRESSING ROOMS
3 Principal Rooms on Stage Level
2 Principal Rooms in Lower Level
3 Private Rooms in Lower Level
2 CHORUS ROOMS in lower level
Women’s Accommodates 27
Men’s Accommodates 24
1 HAIR/WARDROBE ROOM 30’X18′ in lower level
1 CATERING ROOM in lower level
Sound Basic, minimal PA system – Great for speakers and comedians.
PA is not concert quality; if concert quality rig is needed – contact the Technical Stage Manager for local audio contractors.
3000 watt hearing impaired enhancement
Lighting 4 Super Trouper Follow Spots – located in spot booth in back of third balcony; 208v / 20a power
Lighting is hung on a show by show basis; there is no “house hang” or any preset lighting/electrics. The following inventory is available to create a personalized plot from:
ETC Insight 3 System, (48) Pars, (16) 36-degree Source 4,
(26) 26-degree Source 4, (58) 19-degree Source 4,
(10) 5-degree Source 4, (10)Triple Cyc
Positions: Near cove 10 circuits, 2 box booms & balcony rail. Onstage there is one dedicated electric, others are created via cable drops to desired pipe.
CONTROL BOOTH: An approximately 6’ deep by 20’ wide control booth is located in the center of the main floor, against the back wall. It is surrounded by a 3’ tall half-wall with an 8” ledge. It takes a 150’ snake to reach from backstage.
Control Booth An approximately 6’ deep by 20’ wide control booth is located in the center of the main floor, against the back wall. It is surrounded by a 3’ tall half-wall with an 8” ledge. It takes a 150’ snake to reach from backstage.
Risers Sixteen 4’ X 8’ Wegner risers, with three choices of leg height.
Smoking Policy The Morris Performing Arts Center is a non-smoking facility.
Decibel Level Policy The City of South Bend has designated that events at this facility not exceed 95db. Please call for more information.
Type of Venue Restored 1922 Vaudeville House. Traditional proscenium stage with orchestra seating, main floor, mezzanine and balcony.
Lower Level 1,216
Upper Level 1,284
Optional/Additional Pit Seating      64
Total 2,564
Stage Crew I.A.T.S.E. Local 187