There is an old saying that states when a door closes a window opens. In many ways this seems to sum up the last year of life with The Theatre Company. It was a year of many challenges, considerations, and surprises. The most notable surprise has been David Regal’s decision to retire from the University of Detroit Mercy. He will be missed by his colleagues and students but will remain as a trusted advisor and we hope as an occasional “emeritus” guest artist with The Theatre Company. The window opens to discover the person whose talents and training best fit the needs of the department and the Company as we move into the future.
Last fall we made the difficult decision to shorten the season and, for the time being, discontinue the rental contract with Marygrove Theatre. This allowed us to utilize our resources closer to home and form stronger ties with our university community. This decision provided us with a much needed opportunity to reflect on our history, mission and values. We met with trusted advisors and long-time supporters who—through their questions, observations and input—challenged us to consider our goals for the future while retaining our successes of the past. Our commitment to train our students through apprentice-style production processes; our commitment to the community beyond the borders of the university; and our commitment to produce theatre that calls us to consider our development as a society will be our guiding principles. “Our theatre is our community.” This inspired our play selections and the creation of new artistic partnerships and will guide us in our future developments.
The Theatre Company is doubling down on our commitment to producing theatre in an urban setting and will take an exciting leap as we move into the 2015-2016 theatre season. We are proud to announce artistic partnerships with two area theatres who share our commitment to theatre as a means of social justice. In our 45th season we will be partnering with The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale and The Matrix Theatre Company of Detroit.
We invite you to help us take this leap, meeting us in new environments and meshing with new audiences, joining together as a community that supports the growth of theatre in the Detroit landscape. More information about these partnerships and productions can be found below.
We look forward to seeing you at the Theatre!
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