Arthur Miller Theatre

Expressed as a translucent glass cube levitating above a multi-hued masonry base, the Arthur Miller Theatre transforms into a luminous glass beacon at night, recalling the illuminated marquees of vaudeville era theatres. The 250-seat theatre is named after the esteemed American playwright and U-M alumnus.

The idea for the Arthur Miller Theatre originated in 1997 when University of Michigan President Lee Bollinger proposed it to the Board of Regents. “This is a community that loves the word, that loves performance. This is vital to what we are as a community and as an institution.” When the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright was approached by his alma mater, his response was a simple postcard. “The theatre is a lovely idea,” he wrote in fall 1997. “I’ve resisted similar proposals from others, but it seems right from Ann Arbor.” The venue would be the only theatre in the world to bear his name. The project was enabled by a gift of $10 million from Charles Walgreen, Jr., a 1938 graduate of the College of Pharmacy, for the construction of the Walgreen Drama Center which would include the theatre.

Incorporating a range of the most current theatrical, audio, and rigging equipment, the Arthur Miller Theatre allows students and visiting artists to work with contemporary systems in staging productions while providing generous flexibility to anticipate future technologies. Acoustically, the theatre room is designed principally for the spoken word, with highly reverberant finishes and extremely quiet mechanical systems to heighten the audibility of young voices.

The theatre room is configured as a highly flexible courtyard format theatre to showcase both professional and student productions. Designed for proscenium productions and able to accommodate an orchestra of up to 16 players with forward seating rows removed to expose the orchestra pit, the space will more often be set up in a wide thrust stage configuration with seating on three sides and extraordinarily intimate dimensions between actor and audience.

Mailing Address:
University Productions
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Venue Address:
1226 Murfin Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1212

Seating Capacity:
End stage configuration:
Main Floor
6 Wheelchair
240 Available

2 Wheelchair
42 Available

Total End Stage Seating: 290

3/4 Thurst Configuration
Main Floor
4 Wheelchair
179 Available

2 Wheelchair
42 Available

Total Thrust Seating: 227

Stage Specifications:
End stage proscenium (as created by house drapery): 38’ wide x 21’ high
Stage lip to back wall: 22’ 2”
Maximum Stage Thrust (thrust size can be varied): 24’W x 24’D
Maximum out trim of system pipes: 33’ 5”
Single purchase counterweight
21 line sets
Batten length: 42’
Arbor capacity: 7’ high, 1,287 lbs. ea.

House Drapery Hang:
House Curtain – traveler, two panels 25’w x 22’6”
Four pair legs, black, 10’w x 22’h
Two travelers, black, 14’6”w x 25’h
One border, black, 40’w x 15’h
Two borders, black, 40’w x 10’h
Four dead-hung sidetabs on traveler tracks, two ea. SL & SR, black, 9’6”w x 22’6”h
Projection sheet/cyc (white) 40’w x 24’ h
Muslin bounce: 40’ w x 24’ h

Company switches: Off SR, 400 amps, 3 phase, 5 wire; HR tech gallery, 200 amps, 3 phase, 5 wire
House control board: ETC EOS
256 2.4kw dimmers, 6 6kw dimmers, one dimmer per circuit
Full-stage lighting instrumentation

House board: Soundcraft Mixer Series II
Aux. isolated power: USR 60 amps, 3 phase, 5 wire cam-lock
Clear-Com production intercom to all production positions
Audio monitor to all dressing rooms
Video monitors located in control room with tie lines to all production positions
Dressing Rooms:
Two dressing rooms, each for sixteen persons located one flight below stage level with adjoining bathrooms with showers
Wig & makeup room located one flight below stage level
Laundry room located one flight below stage level

Exterior Loading Door: 5’10”W x 7’H
Note: Special arrangements must be made if users need access to scene shop loading door (dimensions). Permission granted on a case by case basis.

Information Systems:
Wireless – U-M Wireless on-stage and in the auditorium, lobby and dressing rooms.
please refer to for information regarding access and settings
Wired – ethernet 1000 Base-T, located in box office, control booth and 30 jacks located throughout lobby, backstage, dressing rooms, etc. These circuits can be activated and made available with advance notice.
Note: All wired network circuits are protected by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s firewall. This firewall is part of the University of Michigan’s Virtual Firewall. Please verify in advance that your needed services are available by contacting the SMTD’s firewall manager at 734-936-5565 or

Coming summer 2018

Coming summer 2018

A highly flexible courtyard format, the theatre is designed for proscenium productions and able to accommodate an orchestra of up to 16 players or as a wide thrust stage configuration with seating on three sides and extraordinarily intimate dimensions between actor and audience. Most seating is general admission.

End Stage Configuration – Main Floor

End Stage Configuration – Mezzanine

Thrust Stage Configuration – Main Floor

Thrust Stage Configuration – Mezzanine

One (1) Day   $450.00
Two (2) Days   $800.00
Three (3) Days   $1,000.00
Four (4) Days   $1,150.00
Five (5) Days   $1,300.00
Six (6) Days   $1,450.00
Seven (7) Days   $1,600.00

Eighth (8) Consecutive Day Only 50% of one-day rate (If rental goes beyond eight (8) days, rates follow above schedule without exception)
Lobby only (one day) – includes House Manager only $ 300.00 (First 4 hours, $100.00 each additional hour)
Events involving paid professional artists must be handled by an official University presenter. Additional costs and fees may apply.

To initiate a reservation:
Renter must provide a non-refundable $100.00 deposit per day of rental, and return a signed confirmation letter, provided by the Scheduling Office.

30 days prior to the event:
Non-University renters must remit the entire base rent to University Productions. (For non-University of Michigan organizations only)

2 weeks prior to the event:
The signed contract must be returned to Scheduling Office.
Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in forfeiture of the date.


Day of the Event: 100% of the rental fee will be charged.
Less than 72 hours notice: For a Load-in day or lecture, a 30% cancellation fee of the day rate will be charged. For a Performance day, a 50% cancellation fee of the day rate will be charged.
Less than 30 days notice: A $200.00 cancellation fee.
Less than 90 days notice: A $150.00 cancellation fee.
Earlier cancellations: A full refund of deposited funds, minus the non-refundable deposit.


Access to the theatre from 9 am to 1 am
One house technician for 1 shift (8 hours)
One house manager for 1 performance per day
Lights, HVAC, custodial, open & close of theatre
Use of dressing rooms (with showers)
Sound system
Lighting system
20 music stands and chairs
Use of upright piano
Use of Reception Room during public performances only


Overtime hours for building – Before 9am – $150.00/hour, After 1am – $200.00/hour
2nd shift house technician – $26.50/hour – charged in 4 hour block
Additional house tech (as needed) – $26.50/hour – charged in 4 hour blocks
Additional lobby staff for receptions/perfs as needed – $26.50/hour – charged in 4 hour blocks
Piano moving and/or tuning – as per arrangements by renter
Orchestra pit, thrust addition & removal – at cost
Changes to Access times less than 24 hours in advance will be subject to double-time rates for affected personnel

Arthur Miller Theatre Rental Rate Sheet

If you have rental questions or would like to rent one of our facilities, please contact:
Shannon Rice
Facilities Manager
(734) 647-3327

If you have questions regarding the technical specifications of Hill Auditorium, Power Center for the Performing Arts, Rackham Auditorium, or the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, please contact our Senior Operations Manager:
Barry LaRue
(734) 763-4220

All inquiries may be mailed to:
University Productions
911 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Our performance facilities follow policies set by the Regents at the University of Michigan. Please refer to the general policies as well as policies specific to the venue you are interested in renting


  1. Smoking is PROHIBITED in all University buildings and on University grounds. Smoking is allowed on sidewalks adjacent to public roads.
  2. No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed within the building pursuant to University regulations.
  3. No pets of any kind are permitted within the building. Any use of an animal in a production must be approved in advance by the Office of the Vice President for Facilities via the Facilities Manager.
  4. There will be no food or beverages allowed in the theatres/auditoria at any time. University Productions retains the sole right to concession sales in the facilities.
  5. Upon the discretion of the Facilities Manager, security shall be provided, at Lessee’s expense, through the Department of Public Safety (DPSS). The number of such personnel shall be determined based on the nature of the proposed event, the number anticipated to be in attendance, and the past experience of the University with respect to similar events. University Productions reserves the option of alerting DPSS when, in our judgment, a higher level of security might be necessary.
  6. According to Section 3.06 of the Bylaws of the Regents of the University of Michigan, the following activities are prohibited in places of public assembly:
    Donations/Solicitations of Funds/Taking of Pledges
    Selling of Memberships
  7. Items for sale at events are allowed at the discretion of University Productions, and only upon completion of a Sales Permit. This sales permit acknowledges the Lessee’s obligation to pay Sales Tax to the State of Michigan.
  8. No live flame of any kind is allowed in any theatre at any time for any reason without the advance permission of the Fire Marshal. This prohibition includes the representation of smoking by actors, candles, oil lamps, torches, incense, effects requiring explosive charges, and fireworks. The Fire Marshal’s permission may or may not be granted depending upon the safety infrastructure of the theatre being requested, the duration of the effect, and its risk of combusting nearby materials. Live trees, garlands, and wreaths are not permitted in places of public assembly due to their flammability hazard. Flame-proofed materials must be used in the construction of scenery or draperies. Please be advised that the University’s fire-safety regulations are strictly enforced.
  9. Due to the sensitivity of building smoke detectors, the use of foggers and hazers in the Power Center, Hill Auditorium or the Arthur Miller Theatre must be scheduled in advance and receive the prior permission of University Productions. The use of fog/haze is prohibited in the Mendelssohn Theatre and Rackham Auditorium. There will be additional charges associated with the use of this effect. Please be aware that sometimes smoke and haze drifts to smoke detectors outside of the stage area and may set off the building’s fire-alarm system. Even in the case of “false” alarms, the theatre must be evacuated by all audience and backstage personnel until DPSS has authorized re-entry into the building and the re-commencement of the program.
  10. Exit signs may not be turned off, covered, removed or altered in any way. All exits must remain clear of blockage by any scenery, props, seating or other objects while the theatre is occupied. Audio/visual, lighting, and sound equipment must be kept out of aisles and out of the seating areas that are designated for patrons using wheelchairs, in compliance with accessibility codes.
  11. The use of confetti and glitter is prohibited due to the difficulty of cleaning the plush seating and carpeting. Unauthorized use will be subject to extra custodial charges.
  12. In Rackham Auditorium, the piano lift cannot be used as a Stage Extension.
  13. In Rackham and Hill Auditoriums, no activity is allowed that would scuff or damage the stage floors.
  14. No construction or painting is allowed in the theatre other than that which is required to install previously constructed scenery, properties, or lighting equipment into the theatre. When construction or painting is necessary, precautions must be taken to prevent damage to the theatre and its contents. There is to be no affixing of anything to walls and draperies by screws, nails or tape anywhere inside or outside the building without express permission from University Productions. For Hill and Rackham Auditoriums, no nails, screws or related fasteners are to be inserted into the walls, floors, or other parts of the theatre.
  15. Wheelchair-accessible spaces must be held for physically-challenged patrons until one hour before the start of a performance, or until such time as all other permanent seats are sold out. These spaces should be sold on a “first-come, first-served” basis, and these requests should include the space for the companion seat, as requested by the ticket purchaser.
  16. Inevitably, matters will arise which are not covered by these general rules. The Backstage Operations Manager and Lobby Supervisor are the final on-site arbitrators of fire, safety, and accessibility regulations. Should a dispute arise about the interpretation of such codes, University Productions’ personnel’s interpretations of the rules shall be enforced until the appropriate code specialists can be consulted.

Hill Auditorium – Mendelssohn Theatre – Power Center – Rackham Auditorium – Arthur Miller Theatre

  1. The University will provide the facility heated, lighted, and clean. If Lessee cannot provide accurate access times for use at least two weeks ahead of time, then the University cannot guarantee that the building will be clean upon arrival. Rental time includes all set-up and strike time. Rental time is charged from the point that personnel, whether it be the University Productions House Technician or a member of the Lessee’s staff, enter the theatre until the time all personnel leave the theatre. If it is necessary for a staff member of University Productions to remain after the Lessee has left in order to return the theatre to its original condition, the Lessee shall be charged for this time as part of its rental.
  2. In order to accommodate many users, the theatre may be occupied by the Lessee only at times that have been previously arranged and agreed upon by both parties. It is at the discretion of the Facilities Manager to accommodate last-minute change-of-access requests.
  3. University Productions will provide the house electrics, including control board, lighting instruments, cables, and pipes which are its permanent equipment. The renting group has use of all lighting, stage, and sound equipment that is part of the theatre’s inventory at the time of their rental. Chargeable items are listed on the rate schedule.
  4. A House Technician assigned by University Productions shall be in attendance whenever the theatre is occupied. This individual will be responsible for securing the theatre, adjacent spaces, and their contents, and for the maintenance of house equipment. An additional technician at extra charge may be required if additional technical work is necessary. University Productions retains the right to determine if extra technicians are required.
  5. Lessee will provide its own scenery, costumes, properties, musical instruments, miscellaneous equipment, and any tools necessary for their installation and removal. Lessee is also responsible for providing its own stage staff and crew.
  6. Lessee will provide its own programs, tickets, ushers, and box office staff. With the exception of the Arthur Miller and Mendelssohn Theatres where we do not provide ticket takers, University Productions will provide ticket takers and a Lobby Supervisor for your event.
  7. Deliveries of scenery, lighting equipment, programs and musical instruments, such as pianos, shall be made within the rental period. The Facilities Manager will require advance notification of any deviation from this policy and will attempt to accommodate deviations if possible. Costs may be assigned depending upon required staffing, use of the stage lift or adverse effects upon other tenants. It is agreed that the facility will be vacated promptly of all personnel and equipment after the final performance unless Lessee rents an additional load-out day or is able to reach an agreement with University Productions.
  8. Lessee will leave the facility clean and deposit all discarded trash in proper receptacles. Extra cleaning required to put the theatre back in condition for the next tenant will be billed to the Lessee. Lessee agrees to pay costs associated with extraordinary custodial cleaning at University Productions’ sole discretion.
  9. Lessee shall be responsible for all damage to, or misappropriation of, the premises or any part thereof, including contents and furnishings of any building, and shall pay and reimburse the University for any such loss or damage.
  10. University Productions will not be responsible for losses incurred by the Lessee due to failure of systems operated by the University (i.e. Heat, Water, Air Conditioning).
  11. (For Non-University Lessees) Lessee shall provide a certificate of insurance evidencing general liability, owned and non-owned auto liability, and workers’ compensation with limits acceptable to the University’s Risk Management office. Lessee shall notify the Risk Management office as soon as practical of any claim or potential claim arising out of this activity.
  12. (For Non-University lessees) Lessee agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the University of Michigan, its Regents, Directors, Officers and employees for any claim that may arise due to the negligence of Lessee.
  13. Willful failure to follow any of the listed conditions and rules may result in the renting group being evicted from the theatre.

If you have questions regarding these policies, please contact:

Shannon Rice
Facilities Manager
(734) 647-3327