''Located on the beautiful south shore of Lake Superior at Chequamegon Bay, the ''gateway to the Apostle Islands'', StageNorth is a performing arts center designed to entertain, educate and include the community in live theater. The new StageNorth, the only purpose-built theater in the area, was opened in July 2007. StageNorth houses a 145-seat theater, including a 50-seat balcony. The two-story lobby has seating areas, a performing space, and The Stage Door Bay, a casual bar open five days a week. The bar features wireless Internet and a spacious terrace facing Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. The theater facility supports the vision of community theater with professional standards. In 2002 the Governor of the State of Wisconsin officially designated StageNorth a Wisconsin Treasure,'' and in 2011 StageNorth was declared the ''epicenter of American Theater'' on National Public Radio.