Hanson Theatre

Up close and personal.

The intimate setting of the 250-seat Hanson Theatre has become the go-to venue for performances, ceremonies, and speaking engagements that require a stage, theatre seating, and professional technical support, but don’t require the seating capacity of the Mainstage.

The versatile black box theater design of The Hanson Theatre lends itself well to stage plays, acoustic music performances, stand-up comedy, and lectures. It shares professional-level backstage facilities with the Mainstage and is run by the same team of technical experts who handle lighting, sound, and set-up for the Mainstage.

The Hanson Theatre is the home of Lake Michigan College’s theater program and hosts performances by the College’s music ensembles and solo performers. The Mendel Center also hosts The Hanson Theatre Living Room series on this stage.

Renting the Hanson Theatre

The Hanson Theatre is available to rent for fine arts performances, concerts, pageants, ceremonies, and other stage events.

Hanson Theatre Seating Chart


Rental information:

Brittany Watts
Mendel Center Services Coordinator
269-927-8609 or by email

Technical contact:
Marc VanGilder, Technical Director
Business phone: (269) 927-6659