Wayne State University

Companies and Ensembles

Dance Companies


  • 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:



  • 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:


  • 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:

Theatre Ensembles


  • 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 during:

  • Children's Theatre, Touring show (More info coming soon)
  • Summer show (On campus show, Date TBA)


  • Freedom Players

For the 2018-19 school year, the Freedom Players will be touring a devised theatre and dance performance piece called I AM… The fight for liberation is never easy. As 14 young Detroit based artists meet and interact, challenges arise as they realize their birth was political. These artists explore how they can survive and thrive in a place where everything seems to be set up against them? As clashes build, their journey leads them on a path of discovery and renewal.

See the FREEDOM PLAYERS in action during:


  • 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)


  • 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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