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:



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This summer Matrix Theatre Company brings you hands on experiences with different types of theatre, performance and creative arts.

All ages are welcome!

No experience necessary!



Youth: 18 and Under

Adults: 19+

First Youth: $15 ($10 each additional youth) 

Adults: $20  ($15 if accompanying a youth)

All Workshops take place on Saturdays at
Matrix Theatre Company, 2730 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216.
For any questions, please contact Director of Education, Amy Johnson at 313-967-0999 ext 3 or at

Solo Performance

May 21, 2022

12pm - 2pm: Youth & Families

3pm - 5pm: Ages 13+

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Solo Performance

Solo Performance is just that. You are the performance. You are in control of everything. “With that power comes responsibility.” The performance is for others. This workshop will introduce you to the world of Solo Performance and teach you how to craft interesting performances for audiences. The first hour you will watch and talk about several types of performances. The second hour you will be workshopping solo performance ideas, plans or performances pieces that you may have brought with you. 

Gearing up for Matrix’s Solo Performance Festival June 24th- 26th

Puppetry & Filmmaking

June 18, 2022

12pm - 2pm: Puppets – All Ages

3pm - 5pm: Filmmaking - Ages 13+


Puppets – All Ages 

From Giant Hero Puppets to shadow puppets, we have done it all! Come explore the world of puppets at Matrix. Learn about different kinds of puppets and how to make them come alive.  Then build your own puppet and develop sketches to share. All materials will be supplied by Matrix.   


Filmmaking - Ages 13+

Everyone can make a movie now-a-days with a cell phone or tablet. But, how do you make a good movie and then what do you do with it? Spend two- hours with southwest Detoirt’s own Maurizio Dominguez, an award winning filmographer. Maurizio will talk you through the business and give to tips of the trade. He can also help you navigate the application process for Matrix’s Bagley Street Film Festival that Matrix is hosting in October of this year. 

Devised Theatre!

July 16, 2022

12pm - 2pm: Youth & Families 

3pm - 5pm: Ages 13+

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Devised Theatre

Let’s make original theatre...together. Devised theatre is a form of theater-making in which the performance is the result of the group of people who are creating it. Collaborators use their perspectives, experiences and outside sources to draw on. In this two-hour workshop we explore the basics of devised theatre, see some examples and do some devising of our own! If you are interested, there is no need to come with materials BUT we always welcome participants to bring ideas they may want to explore.

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.