Theatre on the Bay


Since 1966, Theatre on the Bay has been a community mainstay, providing culture, entertainment, education and enrichment for our residents, tourists and business people alike. 

The UW-Marinette campus theatre is named in honor of Herbert L. Williams, associate professor of Communication Arts and Artistic Director of Theatre on the Bay from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. 

Theatre Facts

  • In 1966, Bay Shore Players (TOB's precurser) opened with three one-act plays directed by Herbert L. Williams and Lyle Iverson
  • Built in 1968 by Marinette County
  • Furnished by the University
  • Backstage area expanded in 1983
  • 362 seats
  • Thrust stage
  • First performance Feb. 11, 1969, concert by flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal
  • First Theatre on the Bay production, "Lion in Winter"
  • First lecture, cartoonist Al Capp
  • First professional theatre touring performance, "Waiting for Godot" by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

The 49th Season: 2015-2016

Theatre on the Bay and Children's Theatre are excited to to announce our 49th Season! 
See the Ticketing page for prices and purchasing.


Season Tickets

Theatre on the Bay and Children's Theatre offers season ticket packages at a 20% discount on all 5 shows, free and flexible ticket exchanges and the ability to reserve your favorite seat. For complete details or to purchase a package over the phone when they become available, please contact Lorena Schwartz at 715-735-4300 ext. 4342 or email her at


Dead Man's Cell Phone

April 8-10 & 15-18, 2016
TOB closes Season 49 with Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl’s exploration of modern technology’s ability to unite and isolate, this wildly imaginative comedy, that examines how we memorialize the dead and how that remembering changes us.