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.
... 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.