Dear Friend of Matrix Theatre,
2017 was an exciting year for Matrix Theatre Company, and I want to tell you all about it, starting with one of our long-time School of Theatre members.
“I was really dramatic when I was little,” claims Western High School senior Gabby Clayton. “I started making up my own stories and acting them out at age five. That’s when my mom discovered Matrix School of Theatre. I’ve been creating ever since!” Not only did she learn theatre techniques, but Gabby had lots of opportunities to write, as well. Her first play, "The Art Project," was performed at Matrix two years in a row, and she says her English teachers are always telling her what a great writer she is. “I got a lot of practice at Matrix.” Gabby wants to attend college and get a degree where she can work behind the scenes in theatre. Gabby said the unique programming at Matrix taught her about critical issues in life as well, like gay rights, climate change, and the effects of deportation. “I love Matrix. It’s like a family. We’re really close.”
This past year our School of Theatre provided enriching opportunities for hundreds of youth to find their voice and express their fears, concerns, and dreams through theatre arts. It was also our most successful Mainstage season ever. "2.5 Minute Ride" received a four-star review from the Detroit Free Press and won several awards for acting and direction. The acclaimed world premiere of "Dream Deferred: Detroit, 1967" garnered local, national and international media attention, and the actors performed to sold-out houses for all but one of the performances. For the first time in Matrix history, the show’s popularity needed a double extension to accommodate high demand.
With your continued support, we can guide, mentor, and educate many youths like Gabby through our outstanding School of Theatre programs. Your support also helps us provide extraordinary, affordable, inclusive professional and educational theatre that ignites conversations in the community and positions Matrix as the premier organization that teaches, creates, and produces transformative, social justice theatre in Detroit. Your contribution allows us to provide “theatre that matters.”
On behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers, we thank you for helping Matrix to create theatre where marginalized voices and stories are heard. At Matrix, every voice matters.