Besse Center Theater For more information: Melissa VanBrocklin Community Events & Marketing Coordinator 906.217.4040 Room 937 JHUC For technical information about the Besse Center Theater contact: Technical & Theater Coordinator 906.217.4110 Room 700.3 Besse Besse Center Theater The John and Melissa Besse Center, was built in 2009 with funds donated by John and the late Melissa Besse. The $4.2 million donation was to construct a Performing and Visual Arts complex on the Bay College campus in Escanaba. The Besse's are known for their love of the arts and education and for a variety of donations throughout the community including the Bonifas Arts Center. The theater has a capacity of 268 people. It has state of the art equipment including ITV Conferencing capabilities. For more detailed information, click on one of the links to the left. Click here to make Requests to rent the Besse Center Theater or call the Community Events & Marketing Coordinator at 906.217.4040.