The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is home to three performance venues; the Allesee Dance Theatre, the Hilberry Theatre, and Underground 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.
"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.
Located on the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre, Underground at the Hilberry seats 110 and is home to a thrust stage designed to immerse the audience during each performance.
The Gateway Performance Complex (coming soon)
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 masterclasses and lectures.
The Gateway Performance Complex will herald a new approach to theatre at Wayne State.