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Classes Offered


Build - A - Play!

Registration Closes September 29th

Ages 6-13 (1st - 8th Grade)


Thursdays; October 5th - December 14th, 2023

(with a week off for Thanksgiving)

4:30 - 6:30pm


$200 per student

Classes are in-person

Matrix Theatre Company

2730 Bagley St. Detroit, MI 48216

Be the writer, director, and performer! Create an original play to be performed at the final session. 

With Matrix Teaching Artists as your guides, you will...

  • Engage in creative writing exercises

  • Learn to write a script (analysis and writing)

  • Play interactive games and activities to develop your ideas and broaden your performance skills

  • Create an original play and perform it at an
    end-of-class Showcase!


Their Words, Your Voice!

Registration Closes September 29th

Ages 12-17 (7th - 12th Grade)


Thursdays; October 5th - December 14th, 2023

(with a week off for Thanksgiving)

4:30 - 6:30pm


$200 per student

Classes are in-person

Matrix Theatre Company

2730 Bagley St. Detroit, MI 48216

How do you know a person? Walk in their shoes, right?  How about speaking their words?  In this class, we will help you choose a poem, story, or speech written by someone else that you would like to "give voice" to. 

With "their words" in hand, you will dive into the language and meaning of the writing.  Then, Matrix Teaching Artists will teach you delivery techniques and coach your performances for our end-of-class Showcase. 



Registration is on-going; OPEN THROUGH DECEMBER 2023!

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"Play Time"

Virtual, one-to-one creative Drama experience

(Scholarship & Payment plans are not available for Play Time)


Ages 5-17 (1st - 12th Grade)


$150 (includes four hours of virtual sessions)

In "Play Time" your youth will be matched with a Teaching Artist and build a unique curriculum of Creative Play and Drama activities geared especially for them. The virtual meeting times and days will be determined by you, for ultimate flexibility, and they are available in monthly cycles throughout the year.

This class features:

  • Direct connection and interaction with a Teaching Artist.

  • Conscientious pairing of student and Teaching Artist - to ensure the best match for each student's abilities and interests.

  • Customized programming for each student, ensuring a completely unique experience.

  • Content that can be designed to enhance school curriculum.

  • Scheduling flexibility.

Note: All PlayTime classes must be completed during the registered month - meaning if you register in October, your schedule must allow for completed project in October. 

For questions regarding our SOT Programming or to register over the phone, please contact Director of Education, Amy Johnson at or 313-967-0999 x3.

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What makes Matrix School of Theatre so UNIQUE?


We focus on the development and empowerment of all people through Theatre!

More than a final performance, our classes focus on the following tenants:

Self-Exploration & Self Confidence

  • Students express themselves through exploratory activities

  • Students create original work based on their interests, thereby allowing students the freedom and space to develop and share their individual opinions and voices

  • Students practice and perform in front of others

  • Students develop literacy skills through playwriting and free writing exercises


  • Students engage in partner and group work to build plays and performance pieces

  • Students build relationships with students they may have never met outside of Matrix

Social Justice

  • Students examine their communities and their role within them

  • Students become advocates for change

Contact Director of Education Amy Johnson for more information at (313) 967-0999 ext. 3 or email her here.


Payment plans and need-based financial scholarships are based on availability (except for "Play Time") through the Dr. Shaun S. Nethercott Scholarship Fund. For payment plan and scholarship information, please click here or contact Director of Education, Amy Johnson, at or (313) 967-0999 ext. 3.

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