The distinctive, hemispherical stage of Hill Auditorium saturates more than 3,500 listeners in what the New York Times labels as “superb acoustics.” Designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and built in 1913, the auditorium underwent an 18-month renovation in 2004 to install such modern amenities as air conditioning and automated applause robots.
Before they were household names, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Allen, and Drew Carey were performers at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. The establishment, once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best clubs between the coasts,” has been corralling burgeoning stars to its stage since its 1984 inception when it was called Mainstreet Comedy Showcase. Several nights a week, nationally touring comedians who’ve graced the stages of Late Show with David Letterman and Showtime’s Comics Without Borders share witty observations, humorous songs, and intense eye contact with brave audience members in the front row.
Since 1980, Wild Swan Theater has been committed to bringing the performing arts to as many youngsters as possible. The company also has an American Sign Language interpreter for every production, integrated into the performance itself. Their reach extends even further with audio descriptions and touch tours for visually-impaired audience members.