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. Our newest performance complex, the Hilberry Gateway, is currently under construction with an expected opening in Fall 2022.

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.

Hilberry Gateway coming Fall 2022

The Hilberry Gateway (Coming Fall 2022)

Wayne State University will enhance the growing and vibrant area just south of campus by creating the Hilberry Gateway, 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. 

Learn more about our future home at our Hilberry Gateway webpage!

Allesee Dance Theatre

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.


Hilberry Theatre

Hilberry Theatre

4743 Cass Ave.

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

Underground at the Hilberry

4743 Cass Ave. (Lower Level)

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.