A large yellow welcome banner stands tall at the front entrance of the Mills College campus in Oakland, California, against a backdrop of blue skies and trees.

Community Rental Program

Mills Performing Arts supports our local and regional performing arts community and promotes cultural equity by making our performing arts venues available for rental. This program enlivens the Mills College campus by attracting a broad range of groundbreaking local performers and deepens our longstanding connection to the San Francisco Bay Area arts scene. Our three unique venues are located on the tree-lined Mills campus in Oakland, California. These venues are suitable for a wide variety of event types ranging from performances, graduations, and presentations to panels, workshops, and screenings.

Littlefield Concert Hall provides an unforgettable setting for a wide range of community and private events.

The Holland Theater in Lisser Hall is a versatile space that lends itself to dance performances, theatrical productions, graduation ceremonies, master classes and workshops, off-site meetings, team-building retreats, and more.

Rothwell Theater provides a uniquely intimate setting for events such as open mic nights, poetry readings, and theatrical rehearsals and performances.

Mills Performing Arts Venue Rental Process

  • Upon receipt, a representative from Mills Performing Arts will contact you about calendar availability and any questions regarding event details and technical feasibility.
  • Facilities Use Requests recieved less than 30 days prior to the first reservation date are not able to be considered. 
  • If the dates are available, an estimated rental quote will be presented for the requestor’s approval. A rental agreement will be produced once the requestor approves this quote.
  • If the dates are already held, a “second hold” can be created. This second hold ensures that if the primary hold is released, the dates will shift to the second requestor, then to the third, and so forth.

Venue rentals are not considered completely booked until Mills Performing Arts has confirmed receipt of all of the following items:

  1. A signed and completed rental agreement
  2. A primary payment
  3. Your certificate of insurance, meeting at least the minimum stated requirements

Contact Us

Mills Performing Arts
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 510.430.2191
E: performing-arts@mills.edu