Questions and Answers about the Hilberry Gateway Project

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Since 1963, the Hilberry Theatre has been a vital part of the Wayne State University landscape. Located on Cass Avenue in the former home of the First Church of Christ Scientist, the theatre provides a training ground for actors, designers, stage managers and theatre managers—a place where they can hone their craft and grow from talented artists to skilled professionals.

Throughout its 50-year history, the Hilberry Theatre has cultivated a symbiotic relationship with the Detroit community. Featuring a full company of graduate students, the Hilberry welcomes local patrons to be among the first recipients and arbiters of performers’ success. In turn, the Hilberry contributes to the growing vibrancy of Midtown Detroit. An anchor at the south end of campus, the Hilberry serves as a gateway to the arts and all that Wayne State has to offer as an institution of higher learning and culture.

With the support of alumni, friends, corporations and foundations, Wayne State University is undertaking the Hilberry Gateway Project, a $48.6 million initiative to strengthen the theatre’s important role in Midtown and upgrade and expand the current facility to establish a new performance venue for theatre, dance and arts-related events. Built for the 21st century, the complex will open as a destination for visitors and members of the Wayne State community, reflecting the quality of art that defines Wayne State, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, and the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.

A new, revitalized theatre, will attract the most talented and skilled students to its world-class education and performance program.  Upon graduation, these students will be even better prepared for successful careers in the arts, ready to continue the legacy of the Hilberry Theatre.

Questions about the event?  Please contact, Joe Kvoriak, joekvoriak@wayne.edu, (313) 577-7899

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