Summer Film Series returns June 15

May 11, 2023

The Gogue Center’s Summer Film Series is back once again for a season of outdoor screenings under the stars.


The series includes three crowd-pleasing films suitable for family viewing: Disney’s Moana on Thursday, June 15; the 14-time Oscar-nominated La La Land on Thursday, June 29; and the Nicolas Cage-led adventure National Treasure on Thursday, July 13.


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All screenings are free and open to the public. Registration required. Amphitheatre gates open at 6 p.m. and films will begin at 7 p.m. Movie-themed concessions will be available for purchase and arts activities will be offered to young audience members. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, cushions and lawn chairs. No outside food, beverages or pets are permitted.


For more information on our 2023 Summer Film Series, contact the Gogue Center box office at 334.844.TIXS (8497) or

2023–24 season schedule announced

May 9, 2023

The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University announced its 2023–24 season performance schedule on Tuesday, May 9.


The season, which has been generously sponsored by Walt and Ginger Woltosz, features 28 performances that include Broadway hits like My Fair Lady, Come From Away and the recent Tony Award-winning production of To Kill a Mockingbird; stage and screen legend Patti LuPone; the avant-garde Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and a brand-new Country Series led by Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan.


Performances are divided across six genre-specific series: Broadway, Celebrity, Concert, Country, Dance & Movement, and Orchestra & Chamber Music. A seventh series, Family, returns this year with performances tailored to younger audiences.


All 2023–24 season performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on their respective dates. Family Series performances have been scheduled for Sundays at 3 p.m. All performances during the season will take place in the Woltosz Theatre.


One additional 2023–24 season performance will be announced later this month. The current performance schedule, including artist, date, time and series details, is available online.


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Full season subscriptions for the 2023–24 season are currently available to Gogue Center subscribers, sponsors and donors. Season and series subscriptions will be available to the general public beginning Tuesday, June 27.


Tickets for all 2023–24 Family Series performances are not included with any subscription package and must be purchased separately. Tickets for these performances will be available for purchase this summer.


For information and details on season subscriptions, contact the Gogue Center box office by telephone at 334.844.tixs (8497) or via email at


To learn more about annual sponsorships, contact the Gogue Center advancement team at 334.844.1675 or

Gogue Center unveils Bill and Carol Ham Amphitheatre

November 2, 2022

The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University announced the official naming of the Bill and Carol Ham Amphitheatre with a special afternoon dedication ceremony on November 2, 2022.


Nearly 200 guests, including local dignitaries, university officials and friends and family members, joined the Hams in celebrating the occasion at the Gogue Center. The new name, which was approved by the Auburn Board of Trustees in September, honors the Hams’ profound service to the community and their transformative impact on the cultural landscape of the university, the City of Auburn and the state of Alabama.


“Carol and I are honored to have our names on this wonderful amphitheatre,” said Bill Ham, Auburn’s mayor for two decades. “The Gogue Center is at the forefront of providing performing arts to Auburn and the surrounding area, and as a community, we are treated to dozens of wonderful events, including ones that teach the arts to Auburn youth, surrounding communities’ students and students at Auburn University. It’s a place where the city and the university interface in the same way the community supports university sporting events.


“We know it’s here because of the vision of Jay Gogue and hard work by many people, many of whom are here today. Having an event like this is a humbling experience I can’t quite describe.”


Following remarks, Gogue Center executive director Christopher Heacox and Mindy Street, director of development, presented the Hams with a commissioned illustration of the amphitheatre created by Auburn alumna and Gogue Center volunteer Betsy Logan. A commemorative marker bearing the amphitheatre’s new name was later revealed near the venue’s entrance.


An Auburn native and lifelong resident, Bill Ham was elected to the Auburn City Council in 1986. Two years later, he was elected mayor, a role he held for five consecutive terms. Support for education and diversification of the local economy were chief among his priorities while in office.


“One of my goals as mayor was to continue to improve our town and gown relationship,” Bill Ham said. “Jay Gogue and I shared a goal to do a better and more efficient job for the city and the university through mutual support. I am thrilled that Chris [Roberts] and Ron [Anders] will continue this great relationship.”


During his tenure as mayor, Auburn maintained one of the highest-rated school systems in Alabama, and with the addition of more than 3,000 high technology-based jobs, the city began to flourish as an economic powerhouse for the region.


Bill Ham worked tirelessly to strengthen the partnership between the city and the university as well. He was instrumental in the creation of the Auburn Research Park, expansion of the Auburn University Regional Airport and consolidation of the city and university police forces. He also was a driving force behind the city’s original gift made in support of the Gogue Center’s construction and its naming of the City of Auburn Lawn and Porch.


Carol Ham served as an educator with Auburn City Schools for more than 30 years. In addition to her time spent with students in the classroom, she organized an after-school tutoring program at the Boykin Center for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County for nearly a decade.


She continues to serve the community in numerous volunteer roles, including as president of the house corporation of the Alpha Beta chapter of Chi Omega, and assisting with multiple disaster recovery and COVID-19 relief efforts led by East Alabama Medical Center.


The Hams both earned bachelor’s degrees in education from the university in 1977, with Carol attaining a master’s degree in education in 1979.


The couple has a deep appreciation for the arts and are champions for the positive cultural and economic impacts the arts provide. They were early advocates for the Gogue Center and remain passionate participants in its continued success—as season subscribers, sponsors and donors.


Bill was a founding member of the Gogue Center’s development council and currently serves on its engagement council. Committed philanthropists, the couple also fund an endowed scholarship awarded by the Auburn University College of Education and are supporters of the Spencer Cancer Center at East Alabama Medical Center.


The 17,000-square-foot, 5,000-capacity amphitheatre opened in August 2019 along with the Walter Stanley and Virginia Katharyne Evans Woltosz Theatre. The Gogue Center introduced a new Amphitheatre Series as part of its 2022-23 performing arts season.


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