Opened in 1990, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College boasts two state-of-the-art venues: the 403-seat Robinson Theatre and the more intimate 75-seat Studio Theatre. The Shannon Center also houses technical support areas and academic facilities for the Whittier College Department of Theatre Arts. Among the artists who have graced the stage are Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, and the Grammy-award winning group Los Lobos.

For the past twenty-six years, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College has offered outstanding programs that reflect the diverse interests and cultural backgrounds of Southern California, including our world famous Aloha Series; our Inside Latin Jazz series; family and Latino programming; Broadway, jazz and cabaret performers; folk musicians and singer-songwriters; classical musicians and composers; theatrical performances; and the list goes on and on. In addition, the Shannon Center annually plays host to the Department of Theatre Arts' fall and spring productions, the Department of Music's J.S. Bach Festival, the Whittier College Writers' Festival, and a full slate of guest lectures, special performances, and holiday events.

To view the seating chart and a picture of the theatre seating, CLICK HERE.


Shane Cadman
Theatre Manager
Tel: 562.907.4835
Email: scadman [at] whittier.edu
Ronald Maurer
Operations Assistant
Tel: 562.907.4901
Email: rmaurer [at] whittier.edu
Kyle McAnally
Technical Director
Tel: 562.907.5071
Email: kmcanall [at] whittier.edu


The Shannon Center is located at 6760 Painter Ave, Whittier CA 90601. To get to the Shannon Center, exit the I-605 Freeway at WHITTIER BLVD. Turn EAST on Whittier Blvd. And proceed approximately two (2) miles to PHILADELPHIA ST. Turn LEFT on Philadelphia St. and proceed several blocks through historic Uptown Whittier to Painter Ave. Proceed across Painter Ave. and turn LEFT into the drive on the East side of the Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. A large parking lot is located on the North side of the building. There is also parking on the south side of Philadelphia opposite the Shannon Center.

Parking is free at the Shannon Center. You may park anywhere on the Whittier College campus (after 5:00 p.m. weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday), but the best parking is directly behind the center. There is also parking across Philadelphia next to the Mendendhall Building and east on Philadelphia in front of the music building. Please click here to see the map of the campus and parking

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The Robinson Theatre is available for theatrical and musical events. Please contact the theatre manager at scadman@whittier.edu for more information. The Shannon Center is a part of Whittier College and academic functions have first priority. Public dates are limited.




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13406 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90608 562.907.4200