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How To Get Involved In Detroit's Theater Community

Detroit's cultural scene includes many theaters and tons of ways to get involved in all aspects of the art. Some organizations feature opportunities for playwrights while others showcase youth performance. Check out the list below to find what best fits what you are searching for. Break a leg!
The Detroit Actor's Theatre Company
22331 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48221

The Detroit Actor's Theatre Company specializes in productions that bring social issues to the stage. In an effort to cultivate creativity and expression in the performing arts, this organization has established many ways to get involved in the acting community and beyond. Audition for a part in an upcoming performance produced by the DATC. Work with other inspiring artists and forge professional connections while working on an upcoming project. Various programs within the theatre group bridge the gap between its performers and the public, serving both communities in a positive way. Join the Fine Arts Mentorship and Education program (F.A.M.E) to introduce youth in local schools to the arts.

Mosaic Theatre of Detroit
2251 Antietam Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 872-6910

Mosaic Theatre of Detroit is a well-respected youth theatre program. The theatre pushes young adults to discover their talents and explore the arts while learning lifelong skills based in the performance arts. Older children can participate in the group through the training programs, which accept over 150 teenagers annually. Adults can get involved with this theatre by checking out the numerous volunteer opportunities available online. The theatre seeks mentors, boosters to help with events and fundraisers and community liaisons. Interested parties are encouraged to fill out the application via this link.

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Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-7464

The Detroit Opera House features unparalleled performances in the arts. The theatre showcases opera, dance, music performances  and entertainment. There are many ways to become involved with the Detroit Opera House and it is always looking for those with a love of theatre. In order to be considered for a volunteer position, interested individuals must first become a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association. Once established as part of the MOTVA, duties range from helping as an usher to acting as a Opera House Ambassador. There are educational opportunities that span from promoting art in Detroit and at a statewide level. Please view the entire range of possibilities here.

Detroit Repertory Theatre
13103 Woodrow Wilson St.
Detroit, MI 48238
(313) 868-1347

The Detroit Repertory Theatre has a ton of ways to get involved in local theatre. Check out the acting workshops available to those interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Playwrights are encouraged to submit original works for review; plays will be read and maybe then the writer will receive a professional evaluation, which could prove to be invaluable. Visual artists are welcome to submit paintings and fine art photography displayed at the theatre.

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Matrix Theatre Company
2730 Bagley St.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 967-0999

The Matrix Theatre Company is a professional theatre established to bring all aspects of the community together. This cultural institution encourages participation and involvement at various levels. In addition to the Professional Theatre, there is a group called The Matrix Writers that encourages collaboration with others. Youth can attend small classes or become involved with a full-on production. In addition to its School of Theatre and Puppetry, the Matrix offers summer creativity camps, workshops and residency opportunities. A truly unique aspect of this group is that students are urged to write their own play to be performed in front of a live audience. Bring the theatre to you with the help of the giant puppets crafted at the Matrix. The larger-than-life handcrafted works of art are available for off-site group events.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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