On stage at North Central College from February 1, 2022


Above/Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theater are located in the North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Center, located at 171 E. Chicago Ave., within walking distance of downtown Naperville. Pfeiffer Hall is located at 310 E. Benton.

The North Central College campus and community are invited to kick off Black History Month 2022 events, including a keynote address by Spencer Paysinger, and the 34and Annual Gospel Extravaganza.

Spencer Paysinger Black History Month Keynote Speech

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 1: Spencer Paysinger at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

For the availability of free tickets, Click here. The event will also be streamed live via North Central College’s YouTube channel.

Brief biography of Spencer Paysinger

Super Bowl linebacker turned Hollywood writer/producer Spencer Paysinger told his own harrowing story of life in South Central Los Angeles and football at Beverly Hills High on the hit CW and Netflix series, All American. Like the character in “Spencer” based on his life, Paysinger grew up amid the drugs, gangs, violence and poverty of South Central LA with parents focused on education and the dream of going to the university. A promising athlete who played four sports but excelled in football, he was offered the opportunity to attend elite Beverly Hills High, before leading the football team as captain to an undefeated season. .

A scholarship to the University of Oregon followed, where Paysinger also became team captain and was part of the team’s first ever undefeated season. A graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he began his NFL career with the New York Giants, winning Super Bowl XLVI in his rookie season. Paysinger played seven seasons with the Giants, Dolphins and Panthers.

In 2017, a few months after launching All American, he retired from football to pursue his dream of developing television and film concepts focused on the black experience in America. Four months after his retirement, he was filming the pilot for All American. Now a sought-after writer/producer, Paysinger has written and developed various concepts under his Moore Street Productions banner with Uninterrupted and Deviants Media. He is currently writing a film for Imagine Entertainment by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Committed to building on his success to create opportunities for youth, Paysinger sits on the board of the KIPP Public Schools Black and Latino Steering Committee, with the goal of creating programs for KIPP’s South Central youth. . He also sits on the board of Lyft’s City Works Council, which dedicates $50 million a year to support local community initiatives.

Paysinger is also co-owner of Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant with allegiance to underserved communities.

3 p.m. on Saturday February 19: 34and Annual Gospel Extravaganza in the Wentz Concert Hall

The Performance series continues live and in person in February, with comedies and more. The event lineup includes a variety of shows, artists and ensembles from disciplines such as jazz, family, pop, reggae and cabaret.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, “Seinfeld” writer and comedian Pat Hazell presents “My Funny Valentine,” featuring Nick’s Karen Morgan at Nite’s “Search for America’s Funniest Mom.”

The comedy

7 p.m. on Saturday February 12: “My Funny Valentine” with Pat Hazell and Karen Morgan at Wentz Concert Hall


10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday February 19: TheaterWorksUSA’s “Dog Man: The Musical” at Pfeiffer Hall

10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Sunday April 9: TheaterWorksUSA’s “Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends” at Pfeiffer Hall

Cabaret and Jazz

8 p.m. on Saturday February 26: Take 6 at Wentz Concert Hall

3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday March 13 Marianne Murphy Orland “Rags to Rhinestones: The Musical Life of Dolly Parton” at the Madden Theater

6 p.m. Sunday April 10: Kurt Elling at the Wentz Concert Hall

6 p.m. Sunday May 1: Laura Freeman “Backstage Pass” at the Madden Theater

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday February 19: TheaterWorksUSA’s “Dog Man: The Musical” at Pfeiffer Hall

10 a.m. & 1 p.m. on Saturday April 9: TheaterWorksUSA’s “Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends” at Pfeiffer Hall

Pop and Reggae

8 p.m. on Saturday May 7: The four C notes at Wentz Hall

8 p.m. on Friday, May 13: The Wailers at Pfeiffer Hall

North Central College Music and Theater Ticket Information

Tickets for individual performances and season passes are on sale now. Customers who purchase three or more shows save up to 20% on performances by becoming a Season Subscriber. To purchase a season pass, call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or stop by the box office located in the Fine Arts Center at 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Visit northcentralcollege.edu/show throughout the season to purchase tickets and check for updates. Performance information is subject to change.

Additional academic musical and theatrical performances will be available throughout the season.


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