Wayne State University

Venues & Facilities

The Bonstelle, Hilberry, and Studio Theatre are available as rentals when not in use by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Submit a rental inquiry today.

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Bonstelle Theatre

3424 Woodward Avenue

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.

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Hilberry Theatre

4743 Cass Ave.

In 1917, the First Church of Christ Scientist opened its doors in Midtown. Needing to expand, Wayne State University acquired the building in 1961 and converted the church into a 534 seat open stage theatre. Named after the president of the university, Clarence B. Hilberry, the theatre was created to house a graduate repertory company, which opened its first season in 1964.

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The Studio Theatre at the Hilberry

4743 Cass Ave. (Lower Level)

Located beneath the Hilberry Theatre, The Studio Theatre is a small intimate space used to immerse the audience during each performance. With 110 seats, The Studio Theatre at the Hilberry allows the audience to engage and experience a show on a personal level.

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Allesee Dance Theatre

4841 Cass Ave. (Third Floor)

"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.

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Production Center

95 W. Hancock

The Production Center, located 1/2-block away from the Hilberry Theatre at 95 W. Hancock, houses scenic, costume and property shops.

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Media Center

4841 Cass Ave. (Second Floor)

The Media Center offers two computers labs including 12 PCs and 20 Macs, with wall-mounted flat screen displays for teaching and presentation purposes, a plotter for large format printing, and more.

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Design Labs

4841 Cass Ave. (Third Floor)

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and dance has multiple design labs available to students including dedicated lighting lab and sound lab.

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150 years in the heart of Detroit