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Shakespeare in Detroit

Actor holding skull in Shakespearean Hamlet production

About Shakespeare in Detroit

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.

The nonprofit’s current work includes immersive programming at Detroit schools through a STEAM framework that introduces theatrical craftsmanship and performing artistry for youth ages 8 to 18. 

SiD serves Wayne County via the Southwest, Northwest, West and East sides of the city. Our work was conceived due to the need for outdoor performance and activities in city parks as is the tradition in most major cities who participate in Shakespeare in local parks. We formed four weeks after the city filed for bankruptcy, gathering more than 500 people to see Othello at no cost to the community, serving as a cultural commons. 

Our specific principles and purpose include the inclusivity of actors and artists of color in classical, onstage work. In addition, our summer programming, separate from our regular season’s ticketed performances, aims to celebrate the democracy of theater by making it accessible for all.