Workshops, Trainings, Residencies, Partnerships, and Arts Infused Education

In line with Matrix Theatre Company's mission, we feel it is our obligation to bring theatre to our communities and use theatre as a tool to transform lives and foster social justice. Therefore, we host many workshops, trainings, residencies, and performances at our theatre and off-site, and often partner with schools, organizations, and agencies. 


Instructors and students at the Matrix School of Theatre have hosted workshops, trainings, residencies, and performances at The Alley Project as a part of The Network of Ensemble Theaters' MicroFest Detroit, World Affairs Seminar at Cranbrook Kingswood School, the Detroit Zoo, University of Michigan Residential College, Youthville Detroit, JARC, Neighborhood Service Organization, and much more. 


For more information about Matrix School of Theatre and Inclusion offerings, please contact Director of Education Amy Johnson at 313-967-0999 ext. 3.

Upcoming Project:

Youth International Play & Workshop Series

A special collaboration between Matrix School of Theatre & Spinning Dot Theatre

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Matrix School of Theatre is thrilled be be partnering with Spinning Dot Theatre to bring you our Youth International Play & Workshop series. Spinning Dot Theatre launched in August 2014 with the goal to make great global theatre to inspire and connect our audiences with the rest of the world. And it clearly has, winning the American Alliance for Theatre Educator's Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company in 2018. Play writes from three continents explore social justice, community and humanity in three entertaining and poignant plays.


Building off of unique aspects of each play, Matrix Teaching Artists will follow up each production with a exploratory workshop for youth, fee included with price of admission. Each workshop will lead youth participants through different performance styles and types of theatre.

All Performances & Workshops take place on Saturdays at 11:30 am at

Matrix Theatre Company, 2730 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216.

Each event costs $15 per person, purchase tickets for one or all events!


For any questions, please contact Director of Education, Amy Johnson at 313-967-0999 ext 3 or at


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The Kids from Amandla Street 

by Lereko Mfono

followed by 

Performing Characters Workshop

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Saturday, March 14 at 11:30am

Ages 8 and up recommended


Cost $15 per person 

The Kids from Amandla Street brings to the stage the lively and prejudiced Amandla Street as seen through the eyes of four youth who want to change the world, as they face the stark reality of racism, fear, and potential violence that surrounds them and threatens their dreams.

Performing Characters Workshop

Characters are the core of good theatre. This workshop focuses on how actors develop characters. Youth will spend the hour getting to know themselves better so they can step into the shoes of someone else.


The Mountain

by Chelsea Woolley

followed by 

Story-Making Workshop


Saturday, April 11 at 11:30am

Ages 6 and up recommended


Cost $15 per person 

The Mountain deals with otherness from the lens of two eight-year-olds on a Canadian playground. A quiet Canadian boy and a spirited Middle Eastern girl touch upon the universals of childhood, the need for home, friendship, otherness, and trust, as they embark on their imaginary adventures.

Story-Making Workshop

In this fast paced workshop, youth will be guided through elements of building a story arc. They will have one hour to learn, create, practice and will end the workshop with a performance of their original story.


A Mouth With Flame 

Written & performed by Tae Hoon Yoo

followed by 

Shadow Puppet Workshop


Saturday, February 22 at 11:30am

All ages!


Cost $15 per person 

A Mouth With Flame uses original music, digital media, and personal stories. Spinning Dot's Artist-in-Residence, Tae Hoon Yoo creates a beautiful one-man show exploring history, reliving personal experiences, and finding identity.

Shadow Puppet Workshop

For centuries, people from all over the world have been using shadow puppets to tell stories. Youth will learn more about the art of shadow plays and create their very own puppets.

Recent projects...


... The Matrix School of Theatre partnered with Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale to present summer camps for youth ages 9 - 18. 


... Matrix hosted a story-gathering booth at Maker Faire on July 30 and 31, 2016 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Youth and adults had the opportunity to share stories about themselves and their community. 


... The Matrix Teen Company participated in the "breaking walls" program in summer 2016. "breaking walls," a non-profit, international creative writing and performance initiative, ignites global dialogue among the leaders of tomorrow by creating artistic, educational and ensemble-building opportunities for disenfranchised youth to become those empathetic and system-changing leaders. Click here for more information.


... Over summer 2016, The Matrix School of Theatre brought "The Matrix Way" to local partner organizations like Alternatives for Girls, Neighborhood Service Organization, Mercy Education Project, and the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired and presents programming that uses playwriting and performance to increase literacy, self-efficacy, and social skills.


... The Matrix Teen Company wrote, produced, and performed their production of Are You Passing? (April 2014) with help from Hollywood talent, Justin Bartha. Bartha guest directed the production and also led acting workshops for the teens, where he was assisted by Jesse Eisenberg.

... Matrix is in the process of creating a Handbook of Adaptive Techniques for teaching artists working with students with disabilities to be distributed to teaching artists interested in creating inclusive classrooms.

... Teaching artists at Detroit Institute of Technology, Cody High School and Harms Elementary worked with classroom teachers to infuse the arts with core subject curriculum.