Black Box Theatre Project

Detroit Mercy theatre major without stretched arms on stage from the play Antigone

Act 1: Putting Theatre Center Stage

University of Detroit Mercy envisions a bright future for the performing arts. We are developing plans for a black box theatre located on the lower level of the newly renovated Student Union. Our students will explore their creativity and showcase their talents in this state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal space. This hub for cultural and artistic events will serve all of our students and transform our broader community.

Act 2: Staging the Future

February 2023: Conceptual approval was received for a black box theatre on the University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus. 

October 2023: The College of Liberal Arts & Education, the Department of Performing Arts and University of Detroit Mercy Facilities Management and Campus Services is working with HED (formerly Harley Ellis Devereaux), an architecture and engineering firm based in Royal Oak, Mich., to develop plans for the new black box theatre.

February 2024: University of Detroit Mercy announced an anonymous $2 million gift to the black box theatre.

April 2024: Construction is scheduled to begin.

Support the Arts at Detroit Mercy

For more information on this project contact
Anna Dietrich
Director of Development
College of Liberal Arts & Education

In the news

The Varsity News: Detroit Mercy receives $2 million gift for black box theater

In this article by student Jennifer Raptoplous, read more about the impact and opportunities made possible by an anonymous gift to the black box theatre project.

The Varsity News: Detroit Mercy working to bring black box theatre to campus

Through this article by student John Ogurek, get a peek behind the curtain as plans unfold to put theatre center stage at Detroit Mercy.