Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Located within the Michigan League building on the central campus of the University of Michigan, the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre is an intimate, shoe-box theatre seating 644. Decorated with solid oak paneling that creates an atmosphere of elegance and charm, the Mendelssohn Theatre is perfect for smaller conferences. Just down the hallway in the Michigan League are similarly designed, tasteful private dining rooms and a large ballroom. The Mendelssohn Theatre is also used extensively for theatrical productions and solo recitals.

The Mendelssohn Theatre is one of the few theaters in the United States to have a plaster “cyclorama,” a curved wall at the back of the stage. The cyclorama improves sound in the theater and can be used for creative lighting effects.


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

Seating Capacity:
620 maximum, including:
Orchestra: 386 + 6 wheelchair + 8 companion
Balcony: 220

Stage Specifications:
Proscenium: 29′-11″ wide x 16′-10″ high
Plaster line to back wall: 24′
Plaster line to front of apron: 5′
Orchestra pit: 6′ deep x 24′ wide
Stage floor to grid: 37’3″


Single purchase counterweight
29 line sets; 13 regularly free
Batten length: 31′-5″ minimum
Arbor capacity: 500 lbs./226 kg

House Drapery Hang:
House Curtain – manual, guillotine with split in the center, no traveler
Two pair legs, black, 10’w x 22’h
Two travelers, black, 18’w x 22’h
Three borders, black, 40’w x 7’h
Two dead-hung sidetabs on traveler tracks, SL & SR, black, 27’w x 22’h

Company switch: DSR wall, 200 amps, 3 phase, 4 wire
House control board is an ETC Ion
191 dimmers, one dimmer per circuit
Full-stage lighting instrumentation

House board (Mackie cr-1604-vlz mixer) accepts 16 inputs and 6 outputs
Clear-Com production intercom to all production positions
Audio monitor to all dressing rooms
Video monitors located SR, in green room, and main floor lobby.

Dressing Rooms:
All dressing rooms have mirrors, dressing tables, toilets, and costume racks.
Green room located a half flight below stage level
Two dressing rooms, each for seven persons located one flight below stage level
Two ensemble dressing rooms, each for thirteen persons located two flights below stage level, with shower
Wardrobe/wig room located two and a half flights below stage level

Garage Door: 9′-8″ x 60″
All scenery must be lifted to stage level via a center stage elevator. After the set is onstage, the elevator is inoperable because the lift platform is part of the stage floor.
Elevator trap dimensions: 7’10” x 9’2″

Information Systems:

Wired- Ethernet 10 and 100 Base-T — Jacks are located throughout building (stage and lobby) and may be used by arrangement in advance. All wired network circuits are protected by the SMTD firewall, part of the University of Michigan’s Virtual Firewall. Please verify in advance that what you need is available by contacting Barry LaRue at 734-763-4220 or

Wireless – U-M Wireless on-stage and in the auditorium, lobby and dressing rooms.
please refer to for information regarding access and setting.

Information regarding access and setting.

As of September 1, 2017

One (1) Day: $750.00
Two (2) Days: $1,350.00
Three (3) Days: $1,700.00
Four (4) Days: $1,945.00
Five (5) Days: $2,190.00
Six (6) Days: $2,435.00
Seven (7) Days: $2,680.00

Eight (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, 4 hours or less) – includes House Manager only: $350.00

Events involving paid professional artists must be handled by an official University presenter. Additional costs and fees may apply.

Rental Policy
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.
60 days prior to the event:
Renters must deposit the entire base rent in the University’s escrow account. [For Non UM 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 15 days notice: a $200.00 cancellation fee.
Less than 60 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
HVAC, custodial, open & close of theatre
Use of dressing rooms (with showers)
Sound system (as outlined in the Technical Specifications)
Lighting system (as outlined in the Technical Specifications)
Lectern & microphones
26 Music stands & chairs
Use of upright piano (located in the green room)
Use of box office during rental period

Overtime hours for building:
Before 9 am: $150.00 per hour
After 1 am: $200.00 per hour
2nd shift house technician: $24.00 per hour + 10% of total; charged in 4 hr. blocks
Additional house tech: $24.00 per hour + 10% of total; charged in 4 hr. blocks
House manager for additional performance(s): $24.00 per hour + 10% of total; 4 hour min./8 hr max.
Piano moving and/or tuning: as per arrangements by renter
Changes to Access times less than 24 hours in advance will be subject to double-time rates for affected personnel

information pulls from somewhere else on the site (one location same for each rental venue)

Opening on May 4, 1929, the theatre was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Allen Pond & Pond, Martin & Lloyd. In 1995, new carpeting and seats were installed, and the proscenium curtain was replaced. Its lighting equipment is modern.