Wilson Center

Prominently located on Third St. at the northern entrance to historic downtown Wilmington, the CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center adds state-of-the-art learning spaces for our region’s students and adult learners in an over 159,000 sq.  ft. facility.

The Center will add a major new performance venue to southeastern North Carolina. The over-1,500-1,600 seat performance theater – the largest in the area – is designed to accommodate Broadway touring productions, concerts, symphonic performances, recitals, symposiums, and other events. The performance hall will offer professional-quality lighting systems, rigging, acoustics and orchestra equipment, and will boast two tiers of balconies and two levels of opera boxes for a variety of seating options.

The building also houses a 108-person capacity studio/black box theater and an outdoor conservatory for performances with a 600-person capacity.

Visit capefearstage.com for upcoming performances and tickets

There are a great number of naming opportunities available to the public who would like to make a charitable contribution to support the college. All gifts are coordinated the CFCC Foundation, which provides private funding for student scholarships and supports the mission of the college. For more details about naming opportunities in the HFAC, visit cfcc.edu/haveaseat.


Featuring three floors of studios, laboratories, and classrooms, the educational wing of the facility provides modern instructional spaces to house the Humanities & Fine Arts Department. Areas include:

  • 25 formal classroom spaces
  • painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics studios
  • a Mac lab for digital and graphic design
  • a photography lab and a darkroom
  • a language lab
  • an outdoor conservatory for performances with a 600-person capacity
  • a drama lab, wardrobe craft room, working scene shop, dressing rooms, and a studio/black box theater with an 108-person capacity
  • a choral studio, recording studio, keyboard lab, instrument rehearsal room, and breakout, private rehearsal spaces
  • the main performance hall, seating 1,500-1,600 persons
Art classes will utilize new studio space.Art classes will utilize new studio space.

Volunteer Opportunities

We call our volunteers our “stars” because they truly are. Our high level of hospitality would not be possible without our dedicated, tight-knit group of volunteers. We like to spoil our Wilmington theater-goers!

Want to join us?

Volunteering can be your backstage pass to Broadway shows, concerts of all kinds, comedy and more. See the shows you want and save on tickets by helping us provide excellent guest service.

Fill out a volunteer application form

We are always looking for new people. Usher, ticket scanner, hospitality host; there are many roles to play. Got questions? We’re here to help. Email our Guest Services/Community Engagement Coordinator.

Already a volunteer at another local venue? We’ve created a unified volunteer group with our friends at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Maximize your participation points by volunteering at any or all of these venues. No need to play favorites because our stars are all on the same team. Shine with us!

CFCC student? Check.

Need some real work experience? Check.

Love the arts? Double check.

Sounds like it’s time for you to become a volunteer at the Wilson Center! The best part? It’s super easy. We’ve created a special volunteer program just for CFCC students.

Our training options are super quick and flexible. Plus, if you’ve got commitment issues (no shame there), we’re happy to let you know that there are no minimum requirements for volunteer hours. Just sign up, attend your hour and a half training, and you’ll be ready to start seeing the shows you volunteer at for free!

There’s no easier or faster way to rack up community service for your resume. Plus, we’re located on the Cape Fear Community College campus, so we’re easy to find. Volunteering at the Wilson Center is a cinch for CFCC students!

Ready to join us? Fill out the student volunteer application.

Wilson Center
703 N. Third Street | Wilmington, NC 28401
Ticket Central: 910-362-7999