Producing companies

A clumped group of student dancers clad in white shirts and white pants hold another student dancer aloft while a bright light shines on them from above.
Company One
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 One 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.

 

 

 

A trio of To Sangana dancers with vibrant costumes on-stage in mid-pose.
To Sangana
 To Sangana
 
To Sangana (pronounced TOH-san-GAH-nah) 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. 
 
 
 

 

Dance workshop, student-led dance company
Dance Workshop
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.

 

 

 

 

A WSU graduate acting student stands in front of a colorful on-stage backdrop while engaging with a classroom full of young students with arms raised to ask questions.
Children's Theatre

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.

 

 

 

Freedom Players African Theatre and Dance ensemble
Freedom Players

Freedom Players

Freedom Players is one of the two ensembles produced by the Black Theatre and Dance Collective. 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 DPSCD and the Detroit Metro Community, to utilize performance as a means for open conversations about race, status and social norms. 

 

 

Hilberry graduate theatre company
The Hilberry Company

The 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. 

 

Motor City Cabaret Musical theatre ensemble
Motor City Cabaret
Motor City Cabaret
 
Motor City Cabaret is an 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Underground Theatre Student Produced Theatre
Underground Theatre

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.