Wayne State University

Community Outreach

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University has four live performance ensembles designed to travel within the greater Detroit area, engaging schools and a variety of groups with viewing and participating in the performing arts. These groups include Company One, To Sangana, Motor City Caberet and Performance/Exchange.  Descriptions of our traveling ensembles and information to book a performance, workshop, master class, or residency can be found below.

Company One

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Company One provides entertainment and education through exciting dance performances designed for audiences of all ages both on campus and at venues throughout and beyond the state of Michigan. Company One dancers hail from communities throughout the state of Michigan and the province of Ontario.  Company members 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, video, and music in a format that is lively and enjoyable. Each program features the choreography of esteemed guest artists, and the multimedia presentations emphasize:

  • Awareness and appreciation of the art of dance
  • Multi-cultural and historical influences on contemporary art and society
  • The creative and communicative powers of dance
  • Relationships between the arts
  • The joy of movement

For booking and more information please contact:

Lisa LaMarre
Director, Company One
lamarre@gmail.com

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To Sangana

To Sangana African dance company

To Sangana is a dynamic dance company that thrills audiences with quality African-derived dance and drum presentations, 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.

To Sangana's live performance emphasizes:

  • Enhanced cultural understanding and awareness through dance and music
  • Improved understanding of dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.
  • Expanded knowledge of the African cultural influence to movement and music of the past and present.
  • Heightened sensitivity in identifying movement elements and skills in dance performance

For booking and more information please contact:

Karen Prall
Director, To Sangana
kprall@wayne.edu

Motor City Caberet

Motor City Caberet Off the Page

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

This year, Motor City Cabaret presents Off the Pagea thrilling revue that celebrates musicals that were adapted from novels, short stories, and fairy tales. Let's face it, literature is ripe with drama that begs to be staged and sung. In our 2018 season, Motor City Cabaret aims to entertain you with your favorite characters from your favorite pages.

For booking and more information please contact:

Jill Dion
Artistic Director, Motor City Cabaret
dionjill@wayne.edu

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Performance/Exchange

Performance/Exchange is a FREE Artist-in-Residence Program for K-6 classrooms. Teaching Artists use drama and storytelling to engage students in interactive learning experiences. Our stories entertain young audiences and engage them in problem-solving related to the ethical dilemmas in the stories. Performances take place inside individual classrooms. Staff work directly and individually with each teacher to develop lessons that meet each teacher's learning objectives.

To book the Performance/Exchange ensemble for your classroom, please contact:

Mary Anderson
maryelizabeth@wayne.edu or 313-577-7619