Wayne State University

Hilberry Gateway

The Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex:

A new home for the arts in Detroit

Over the past decade, Detroit's Midtown neighborhood has received $4.4 billion in public and private investments, experiencing rapid growth in residents, retail and community spaces.

Wayne State University will enhance the growing and vibrant area just south of campus by creating the Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex, a $48.6 million performance complex for theatre, music, dance and arts-related events.

The Hilberry Gateway Peformance Complex will begin with the construction of a new 350-seat main theatre on the corner of Cass and Forest, adjacent to the current Hilberry Theatre.

The new facility will include dressing rooms, make-up rooms, green rooms and production accommodations.  New audio and visual booths will bolster the performances, allowing state-of-the-art audio, video and lighitng technology during production.

Also included will be several gathering places where guests can relax and socialize, including a modern café, a patron lounge, and a gallery showcasing the history of the Hilberry.

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.

With the new complex, Wayne State will once again host the American College Dance Association, attracting more than 700 dance students from across the country, raising the stature and visibility of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.

The Thompson Home, a Victorian building across from the new complex, will be transformed into a residence for performing arts students, creating a unique living and learning environment.


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