The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is home to four performance venues; the Allesee Dance Theatre, the Bonstelle Theatre, the Hilberry Theatre, and The Studio Theatre at the Hilberry. Throughout the year, our stages are home to various theatre and dance productions, informal performances (also known as Informances), musical theatre productions, master classes and workshops.
Allesee Dance Theatre
"Old Main" is the home to the Allesee Dance Theatre. It is a 100-seat dance studio where you will enjoy watching dance students perform, showcasing their skills and techniques with first-class, world-renowned choreography created by guest artists and faculty.
Named after the former president of the university, Clarence B. Hilberry, the Hilberry Theatre is a 534-seat open stage theatre. The theatre was created to house a graduate repertory company, which opened its first season in 1964.
Underground at the Hilberry
The Bonstelle Theatre is a 1,036 seat Broadway-style theatre named after Laura Justine "Jessie" Bonstelle who was an American theatre director, actress, and company manager of the Detroit Civic Theatre. Prior to moving to Detroit in 1924, she was a producer and leading-actress on Broadway. In 1956, Wayne State University purchased and renovated the theatre to house plays and musicals each year.
Coming Soon - The Gateway Performance Complex
Wayne State University will enhance the growing and vibrant area just south of campus by creating the Gateway Performance Complex, a $65 million performance complex for theatre, music, dance and arts-related events.
As part of the complex, the current Hilberry Theatre will be renovated to become the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center (GVJC), a high-caliber venue for music and dance performances. The 200-seat GVJC will offer ample seating for parents, patrons, donors, and community members for dance events. The renovated space also will enable the dance program to feature master classes and lectures.
Learn more about our future home at, the Gateway Performance Complex website
- The Production Center, located one half-block away from the Hilberry Theatre at 95 W. Hancock. The Production Center houses scenic, costume and property shops.
- The Media Center offers two computers labs including 12 PCs and 20 Macs, equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite for video editing and graphic design and Audacity for audio editing. Media Center labs have wall-mounted flat screen displays for presentation purposes.
- Acting For The Camera - video studio
- Design Lab
- Light Lab
- Sound Lab