The University of Texas Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a collective of six theatres operated by The University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts. The theaters are the Bass Concert Hall, McCullough Theater, Bates Recital Hall, Hogg Memorial Auditorium, B. Iden Payne Theater and Oscar Brockett Theater.
Theaters range in size from the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, which has 200 seats, to the Bass Concert Hall, which seats 3,000. In addition to the theaters, the PAC also has offices and meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces and shops which are located in the central PAC building and across the campus. PAC provides students an opportunity to interact with professionals in staging events and performing arts and extends an opportunity to the surrounding community to participate in all-age programs.
The Center was first opened in 1995. Between 1996 and January, 2008, the Center was directed by Pebbles Wadsworth, who was declared an Honorary Texan in 1987 for her contributions through PAC. Under Wadsworth’s supervision, in 2002 PAC launched its multicultural ArtesAméricas program in conjunction with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Wadsworth conceived of the program in response to a 2008 request by former University of Austin TexasExes president Larry Faulkner to “strengthen ties between the United States and Latin America.”] Among other activities, the program facilitates performances by Latin American artists across the United States, at the PAC and at the 52 institutions that partner it.