Wayne State University


The historic Bonstelle Theatre was once the home of the famous acting company run by the ground-breaking female actor-manager Jessie Bonstelle. Its stage and seating is reminiscent of a Broadway theatre. Restored by the university, this building annually produces a series of plays and musical productions.

The Hilberry Theatre was was completed in 1917 for the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Field, Hinchman and Smith - predecessor to the architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls - designed it in a Classical Roman Ionic style. In 1961, Wayne State University acquired the building and converted the auditorium into an open stage theater. Named after the president of the university, Clarence B. Hilberry, the theater was created to house a graduate repertory company, which opened its first season in 1964.

Downstairs at the Hilberry Theatre, located in what was the basement, the university built an intimate workshop theatre, later named, the Studio Theatre.

Located in the iconic Wayne State University clock-tower building, "Old Main" the Allesee Dance Theatre is an intimate 80-seat dance studio where you can not only enjoy watcging the Dance Students progress in their skill and techinque but also enjoy first class choreography created for the students from around the world.