Producing Companies

theatre and dance at wayne

Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University offers undergraduate and graduate students professional training in performance, design and technology, stage management and theatre management/arts administration. Graduate students in the MFA receive assistantships with generous stipends and tuition waivers. Undergraduate students may be eligible for in-state tuition and talent scholarships.

With an 11-show season, students have multiple opportunities in production augmenting a robust academic program. Annually, 8-10 guest artists conduct master classes, direct, or design productions, and mentor students. Internships are available at many of the neighboring theatres in Detroit including the Fox Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Broadway in Detroit.

Wayne State's commitment to arts education includes learning communities, dedicated housing for art students, and scholarships for arts activities.

Theatre and Dance proudly works within the community providing touring productions for elementary schools, social justice projects in the high schools, and a cabaret troupe entertaining civic organizations around the region.

Being located in the heart of the cultural center of Michigan, students have easy access to multiple theatres, museums, art galleries, the symphony, opera, and ballets of Detroit.


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  • Company One

    Company One provides entertainment and education through exciting dance performances designed for audiences of all ages both on campus and at venues throughout metro-Detroit. Company One dancers are all Dance majors in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and are selected by audition.

    Company productions use contemporary dance choreography, narration, technology, and music in a format that is lively and enjoyable. Each program features the choreography of company dancers, local artists, and esteemed national guest artists.

    See COMPANY ONE in action during:


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  • To Sangana

To Sangana is a dynamic dance company that thrills audiences with African-derived dance and drum presentations, that are guaranteed to inspire, invigorate, educate, and entertain. The company celebrates rich cultural traditions from the African heritage, as well as the contemporary African-American experience. African Dance fuses music, theatre, visual art, and movement to form a complete artistic and cultural statement. African dance today reaches a worldwide audience through the rigorous, theme-based, and excitingly joyful dedication of professional dancers and musicians.
 
See TO SANGANA in action during:

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  • Dance Workshop

Dance Workshop is a student produced-company at Wayne State University that gives its members a creative outlet to choreograph, perform, and grow as artists. The company aims to embody all characteristics of a professional dance company including showcase, outreach, fundraising, and publicity responsibilities. Dance Workshop continues to strive for excellence and innovation in the education of emerging artists in the dance world.

See DANCE WORKSHOP in action during:

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  • Children's Theatre

Wayne State University is proud to produce plays for young people's enjoyment and to actively explore the beauty, diversity, complexity and challenges of the world around them through the dramatic arts. We wish to support the development of their creative voice, imagination, and understanding of drama and its role in our global society. Our Children's Theatre shows begin touring in May and are offered at no cost to Detroit Public Schools Community District. Past productions include: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Anansi the Spider

See the CHILDREN'S THEATRE ENSEMBLE in action:

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  • Freedom Players

Freedom Players is one of the two ensembles within the Black Theatre and Dance Program. In our efforts to reflect the times of our ever-changing socio-political climate, Freedom Players is committed to performing works centered on illuminating social justice themes. Our productions and outreach programs strive to use the performing arts as a bridge between communities. We tour our current shows or offer workshops to the students in Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Metro Community, to utilize performance as a means for open conversations about race, status and social norms.

See the FREEDOM PLAYERS in action during:

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  • Hilberry Company

The Hilberry Company is 40-50 graduate students at the Wayne State University main campus. The students are pursuing degrees in acting, theatre design and technology, stage management and theatre management. The Hilberry Company puts on roughly six different plays, both modern and classic, from September until May each year.

See the HILBERRY COMPANY in action during: 

  • 18-19 Season (At the Hilberry Theatre, Studio Theatre at the Hilberry and the Bonstelle Theatre) 

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  • Motor City Cabaret

Motor City Cabaret is a new and exciting musical theatre outreach program brought to you by the theatre students at WSU. Motor City Cabaret aims to create an awareness and appreciation of the art of musical theatre and dance through an energetic and informative 50-minute performance.

See the MOTOR CITY CABARET in action during:

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  • Underground Theatre

The Underground Theatre is a fully student-produced summer theatre laboratory. Shows produced by The Underground have no faculty involvement, allowing students to experiment with shows and theatrical styles that directly appeal to them. 

See the UNDERGROUND THEATRE in action from June 20 to July 26, 2019