Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, pioneered the first open-air production of The Bard in Detroit – and with an all-local cast – in August 2013 with Othello at Grand Circus Park.
The company finds it imperative to produce exciting, live productions of Shakespeare’s works at various sites throughout the city – from traditional theatres to nontraditional spaces – to give access to both new and conventional theatre audiences, while highlighting Detroit’s vast array of historical structures, venues and parks. This site-specific template has created a movement of new audiences for classical theatre in the city of Detroit and challenged the status quo as it concerns Shakespeare’s canon.
For the past 4 years, we have been focused on the development and activation of our Shakespeare STEAM programming in schools, introducing the Science of Lighting a production, the Technology of Sound Design, the Engineering of a form, the Art of classical performance and the Mathematics of building a set to our future audience, students in grades 3 to 12. However, we are proud to announce our return to professional programming with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged/Revised in May 2022, a co-production with the African-American Shakespeare Company (by way of San Francisco, California).
Shakespeare in Detroit is a nonprofit organization that enhances and supports the cultural, educational and financial growth of Detroit with professional theatre created through a conscious lens of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Shakespeare in Detroit will produce the classics, musicals, contemporary and new works in equal measure throughout each season as the official Shakespeare organization of the city. The pioneering theatre company will attract tourists from all over the world to see its world-class offerings of staged readings, theatrical productions and special events as a cultural force in Detroit. The company’s work will also include educational programming to complement and supplement the curriculums of K-12 students throughout Southeast Michigan.
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