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Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

Theatre Find Your Light ImageDetroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) is a collective of artists composed of students, faculty, staff and professional guest artists producing gritty and relevant theatre that entertains and awakens the imagination. Our mission is to train students to develop their intellectual, ethical and practical skills for a creative future. And you, our patrons, friends and supporters, are the beneficiaries of our work.

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    Performance Venue: The Marlene Boll Theatre

    Marlene Boll theater

    The Marlene Boll Theatre is the home of The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company.

    Address: 1401 Broadway Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226

    Located inside the Boll Family YMCA, the Marlene Boll Theatre is an intimate theatre space in the heart of downtown Detroit.  Fantastic restaurants, energetic bars, and historic architecture surrounds this thrust style performance space.  You're invited to make an evening of dining, entertainment, and night caps in beautiful downtown Detroit.  Awaken your imagination at with a Detroit Mercy Theatre Company performance! Seating is limited and general admission. Reserve your tickets today!

    Boll Family YMCA Limited Seating 75-140

    inside the theater
    Inside The Marlene Boll Theatre.  The above picture is a view from stage right/house left.

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    Inside The Marlene Boll Theatre.  The above picture is a view from the main section.


    Ticket Office Information and Prices

    Contact us

    Reno Hall Ticket Office
    4001 West McNichols Road  (Livernois entrance)
    Reno Hall, Lower Level, Room 43
    Hours: Tuesday-Friday: Noon-5:00 p.m. (Aug. 16-May 1)

    The Ticket Office will open at The Marlene Boll Theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain and will stay open through intermission of each performance. Tickets can be ordered by phone or online.

    Ticket Prices

    Season Ticket Packages

    Season ticket packages
    Includes Wittenberg, War of the Worlds, American Privilege and Young Frankenstein  Rate
    Adult Ticket Package
    Senior Ticket Package $63
    Faculty/Staff and Alumni Ticket Packages $63
    Student and Veteran Ticket Pages $25

    Individual Ticket Packages

    Individual ticket packages
    Play Musical
    Adult Ticket $25 $30
    Senior Tickets $18 $22
    Faculty/Staff and Alumni Tickets $18 $22
    Student and Veteran Tickets (with valid ID) $10 $15

    Other Ticket Prices

    Other ticket prices
    Community Nights Play ticket: $10   Musical ticket: $15

    *Please note that a $2 service fee is included in each ticket to cover ticket and processing costs.


    Theatre Company Policies


    Accessibility: The Boll Family YMCA is accessible to people using wheelchairs or with restricted mobility. Wheelchair accessible seats are available at The Marlene Boll Theatre.  Please contact the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Ticket Office prior to performance to make arrangements.

    Cameras and Recording Devices: Patrons' private use of cameras, with or without flash, and the private use of recording devices is prohibited. No audio or video equipment of any kind is allowed in the theatre. The Marlene Boll Theatre and the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management reserves the right to confiscate equipment for the duration of the performance or evict violators when necessary. Exceptions may be made for news media, or other production media when advance arrangements are made with the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management.

    Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices: Please turn all personal electronic devices and cell phones OFF (not to vibrate).  The House Manager will ask you to turn off your device during the show.  Please note our policy on Objectionable Patrons.

    Children (infants): The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management believes in exposing young people to theatre and the arts at an early and appropriate age. However, management encourages the following guidelines:

    1. In all cases, infants and babes in arms are not permitted. 

    2. All attendees of a performance, regardless of age, are required to have a ticket 
and be able to sit in a theatre chair or a wheelchair. 

    3. Adults who bring small children into the theatre who become disruptive to 
surrounding patrons will be asked to leave the theatre. 

    Exchanges: For tickets of equal or greater value, contact the Ticket Office at least 24 hours before the performance.  Any ticket returns within 24 hours of a performance will be processed as a donation for a tax receipt.  Exchanges only permitted for another performance during each season.  A service charge of $3.00 per ticket applies.  Any difference in price will be charged accordingly.

    Food and Beverage: Food and drink are not allowed inside of the Marlene Boll Theatre.

    Hearing Assistance Devices: The Marlene Boll Theatre is not equipped with a hearing assistance program. 

    Late seating policy: There will be no late seating after 10 minutes from the start of any performance and at the discretion of the house manager. Late patrons can receive a tax receipt for the value or exchange for another performance.

    Lost and Found: Any items found in the facility will be held at the front desk of the Boll Family YMCA, and can be recovered with appropriate identification (if necessary). After 14 days, all items will be donated.

    Objectionable Patrons: The Marlene Boll Theatre and the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management reserves the right to eject, or cause to be ejected from the premises any person or persons whose behavior is offensive to other patrons or whose actions are harassing in nature, or whose actions are harmful to the facilities and the safety and security of other persons.  The Boll Family YMCA Management will not be liable to Patrons for any damages that might incur through the execution of this right.

    Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit buildings including the Boll Family YMCA.

    Tickets are non-refundable: Tickets may be turned in prior to the performance and applied as a donation to The Theatre Company to receive a tax receipt for their value or exchanged for another performance - see below.

    Unpaid Tickets:  All unpaid ticket reservations will be released back to the public 5 minutes prior to performance time.


    Parking Information

    Street Parking

    Street parking is available around The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA. Please follow all street parking signs.  Free Parking on Sundays. Consider paying for your street parking with parkdetroit.us.

    Best Option

    the Z$9 flat parking at the The Z Lot: Entrances on Grand River Ave. and Gratiot Ave.
    Patrons parking at The Z Lot will use a credit card to enter the structure and park.  While at the Theatre Company performance patrons need to collect a The Z Lot coupon for the $9 parking rate.  Present coupon while checking out of the parking structure to receive $9 parking rate.

    Other Options

    Greektown Casino – Free parking most days. Walk 6 blocks to the Boll Theatre or take the People Mover to the Broadway stop. NOTE: As of spring 2020, Detroit People Mover service was suspended until further notice (due to pandemic-related reduced ridership). Check ahead on thepeoplemover.com.

    MGM Grand Casino  – Free parking. Then Uber or Lyft, $6-$10 each way

    Motor City Casino – Free parking. Then Uber or Lyft, $6-$10 each way

    Mario’s Italian Restaurant – Free Shuttle if you dine before the show. 4222 Second St. 313.832.1616 call for reservations and details.

    Validated parking

    Validated parking is available by dining at these establishments:

    Hard Rock Café - 45 Monroe St (Validates for free parking at the Compuware Parking Garage)

    Wright & Co.  - 1500 Woodward Ave (The Z Lot)

    Standby - 225 Gratiot Avenue (The Z Lot)

    Joe Muir Seafood – GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

    Andiamo Detroit Riverfront - GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

    Granite City Food & Brewery - GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)


    Restaurant Partners

    Audience members who show a ticket or program from the day of a Theatre Company performance will receive up to 50% off food and beverages.  Offers vary by restaurant.

    La Feria - Spanish Tapas: 10% off entire bill

    The Detroit Beer Co: 50% off Appetizers and $1 off draft beers

    Traffic Jam and Snug: 10% off Entrees


    Become a donor

    Ticket sales pay for only 60% of our production costs. With the help of devoted theatre supporters and the generosity of grant makers we are able to close the gap and continue to excel in ways only our theatre can. Help us continue our tradition of outstanding theatre at an affordable price by pledging a contribution today.

    Below is our Donor Levels for 2019-2020. Tax-deductible contributions provide better productions for our students and audience. Scholarship contributions are needed as well and go directly to the students to help with educational costs.

    Your gift to the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company qualifies as an itemized tax deduction under federal law and as a tax credit under Michigan law. Your generous support truly makes a difference in the quality of programs we are able to offer. To make a donation or for more information please contact Managing Director Greg Grobis at 313-993-3269.

    Donor Levels

    2019 - 2020 Donors

    Angel ($5,000-and up)

    • Anonymous
    • Thomas E. Page '71, '76
    • Matt Williams and Angelina Fiordellisi

    Producers ($1,000-$2499)

    • Greg Grobis
    • Dave Koukal and Sharon Vlahovich

    Directors ($500-$999)

    • Don Burkholder
    • Ilse Calgagno
    • Doris A. Goleniak
    • Cheryl A. Harvey
    • Barbara and Edward Klarman Philanthropic Fund
    • Robert Rogowski and Claire Boyce
    • Rene Saenz & Two Men and a Truck
    • Heather Hill and Stephen Manning

    Sponsors ($250-$499)

    • Anonymous
    • Keegan-Michael Key
    • Gary D. Lichtman
    • Gary and Mary Markwardt
    • Brigette R. Murphy-Barbee and Richard Barbee

    Contributors ($100-$249)

    • Dr. Blair Anderson and Melinda Pacha
    • Mark Denham and Karen Tumblin
    • Neville D’Sousa
    • Alex & Patricia Gajewski
    • Tom Jensen
    • Delvin Johnston
    • Maurice Kenney
    • Dr. James Louis McDonald
    • Harriet Saperstein
    • Judith G. Shirley


    The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company announces new sponsorship levels for their 2019-2020 season. For more information about becoming a sponsor please contact Managing Director Greg Grobis at 313-993-3269.

    For sponsorship levels details, please call 313-993-3269


    Past productions

    Information coming soon
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