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.

Freedom Players I AM"I AM"

Created by Billicia Charnelle Hines, Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney, and Karen Prall
Available dates: May through June 2019

"I Am…" is about the continual challenge of seeking liberation. As a group of 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. This play will illuminate and engage audiences in current socio-political challenges, utilizing teaching artists through performance and conversation on race and privilege as a means of bridging communities.




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The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance has been invited to participate in the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (the largest international theatre festival in the world) as part of the college performing arts program.

This project enhances the international presence of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, showcasing our department, the College, and the university at the world's largest international theatre festival while also elevating our Black Theatre & Dance concentration, representing it, literally, on the global stage.

Your support will ensure this project's success by alleviating some of the financial burden that international travel causes. Students are directly supported by your gift, making this already phenomenal opportunity one that will impact them and their training for the rest of their lives.

Watch the fundraising video below to learn more!