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2015 Kresge Artist Fellowships application cycle is open

Emerging and established Metropolitan Detroit literary and visual artists are invited to apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by Creative Many Michigan. Continue..


Wild Swan celebrates 35th birthday with benefit concert

Children, adults and families are invited to celebrate Wild Swan Theater's 35th season at its annual benefit concert, "Wild Swan's Birthday Concert: 35 Years Young," which will be held at The Ark on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. An outstanding line up of family-friendly talent has been confirmed, including Gemini, David Mosher, Peter Madcat Ruth, and Kitty Donohoe. Each of these gifted artists has collaborated with Wild Swan in creating theater experiences that are magical, accessible and innovative. Continue..


Michigan-native actors, writers, directors, musicians come together to give back to the city that gave them their start

For one-night on Nov. 1, a group of talented performers with Detroit connections and their famous friends will reunite at the Largo in Los Angeles for the "2nd Annual Detroit Party" hosted by Michigan native and star of "Key & Peele," Keegan-Michael Key. Produced by Laugh on Behalf, proceeds from the "2nd Annual Detroit Party" benefit The Detroit Creativity Project, an organization dedicated to giving back to Detroit by helping to preserve arts education in area schools. Continue..


Jeff Daniels returns to The Purple Rose for holiday concert series

Onstage & Unplugged
The Purple Rose Theatre
Dec. 26-31, 2014

The Purple Rose Theatre Company will present Jeff Daniels' "Onstage & Unplugged" for a limited seven-show engagement from Friday, Dec. 26 through Wednesday, Dec. 31. Two special benefit performances include a mid-performance Question & Answer opportunity with Daniels on Saturday, Dec. 27 and a New Year's-themed buffet dinner at the Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center. Festive desserts by Laura O'Brien Sweets & Treats top off the 8 p.m. benefit in the theater's lobby. All performances will be at The Purple Rose Theatre. Continue..


Big week at Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater Foundation reached not one, but two milestones this week as they finalized the purchase of the State Theatre and completed the first phase of the Barton Organ restoration project. Both developments come four months after these two initiatives began. After signing the purchase agreement on June 16, the Michigan Theater had to wait to become official owners after a period of due diligence that included master deed negotiations and an architectural and engineering examination of the State Theatre. Continue..


'Tibbits Takes Flight' Nov. 1 with 35th annual auction

Just like the anticipation of flying off on a trip, excitement is building for Tibbits 35th annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 1 when "Tibbits Takes Flight." Local businesses and individuals have again come together to donate an array of auction items, many of which carry the theme of flying, travel, vacation escapes or other enticing experiences. Group dinner packages offer a vacation for the palate prepared by professional chefs and local culinary aficionados... Continue..


Second Annual Cross and Light Fundraiser to be held Nov. 5

Living Faith Fine Arts Apostolate and Nieto Productions LLC are hosting the Second Annual Cross and Light Fundraiser at Sacred Heart Seminary on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Meet and greet the actors from "The Cross and the Light," with special musical presentations by Kenny Watson, the man who played Jesus at Music Hall in 2013 and 2014; Brian LeDuc, who played Peter in 2013; and Beth Lackey, who played Mother Mary in 2014. Continue..



Click the link below for a list of Equity, non-Equity, film & video auditions, industry job openings and industry-related classes and workshops throughout the state.
Updated 10/30/14


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/30/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/26/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/23/14)



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Yee haw, it's 'Nunsense Jamboree'

By Diane Speer
The Alpena News

It's got up tempo tunes, it's got singing nuns a little on the wacky side and it's got lots of Catholic humor, so it must be "Nunsense." Toss in some fringed cowboy boots, a guitar-strumming priest and yee haw, it morphs into "Nunsense Jamboree," Thunder Bay Theatre's latest show and the third installment in the ever popular "Nunsense" franchise. Continue..


Portrait of the artist as a young ham

By Martin F. Kohn

Take heart, would-be stars. If a kid with a ton of desire and a teaspoon of talent can make it, no matter how much his parents want him to go pharmacy school, maybe there's hope for us all. That's the message, one of them, anyway, of "Enter Laughing." The kid in question is Carl Reiner, who went on to fame and fortune as an actor, writer and director despite a less than auspicious beginning. Continue..


Haste lays waste in fair Verona

By Carolyn Hayes Harmer

William Shakespeare accomplished one of the most enduring romances, that of "Romeo and Juliet," in a scant handful of scenes. The two lovers hardly ever interact; the bulk of the play dwells not on the totality of their love, but rather on the mounting impossibility of it, and the desperate decisions that hasten the couple's tragic deaths. Continue..


Puzzle Piece provides provocative probe of prejudice

By John Quinn

It can be an uncomfortable experience when a theater company holds a mirror before the face of society and reveals an unflattering image. When that company is intimately housed in The Abreact Performance Space, the revelation is literally "in your face." Thus, Puzzle Piece Theatre's "White People," a sobering meditation on fear and loathing of "Them," the "Others" and the "They're Not Like Us" gets very up close and personal. The first production of J.T. Rodgers' play was in 2000, and was a reminder that the new millennium was not an Age of Aquarius in terms of race and class relations. Continue..


'Crucible' transcends time in intimate production

By Bridgette M. Redman

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" has always been a thinker. Miller had things he wanted to say in the Tony Award-winning play. The 1959 drama about the Salem witch trials was Miller's protest against McCarthyism and the hysteria that surrounded the anti-Communism movement of the 1950s. Directors continue to choose the play to explore how ordinary people find their goodness amid crowd-driven witch hunts. At Great Escape Stage Company, director Edward Kernish makes bold choices to ensure the audience knows this play is allegory and not limited to the Puritan times of 1692 to 1693. Continue..


'Motown the Musical' comes to Motown the city

By Martin F. Kohn

The gala opening night of "Motown the Musical" at the Fisher Theatre found Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other luminaries watching themselves being portrayed onstage. Afterwards all three spoke to the audience, and Wonder even sang a bit of "I Wish." It was a thrill for first-nighters, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But what about second-nighters, third-nighters and everyone else who catches the touring version of Gordy's autobiographical musical (still running on Broadway)? Continue..


New work explores what it means to belong

By Bridgette M. Redman

Flint is a city that struggles. So it should come as little surprise that the artists who live there are drawn to that struggle and want to make art about what it is like to be a part of a city that continues to try to survive even while under intense economic, social and political pressures. "9 x Nourished" is a devised theater piece that explores these struggles while also celebrating a piece of Flint that is positive, exciting and growing. Continue..



Enter Laughing The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company (posted 10/30/14)

The Crucible Great Escape Stage Company (posted 10/26/14)

Motown the Musical Fisher Theatre (posted 10/23/14)

Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie The Ringwald Theatre (posted 10/16/14)

Once Wharton Center & Broadway Grand Rapids (posted 10/16/14)

Alice Nerve (posted 10/14/14)

Dracula The Musical The Dio (updated 10/14/14)

The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story Williamston Theatre (updated 10/9/14)

Annapurna The Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 10/9/14)

Driving Miss Daisy Performance Network Theatre & City Theatre (updated 10/9/14)



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This Week

9 x Nourished, Flint Farmers' Market, Flint, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2
Alice, Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, Ferndale, Oct 31
Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20
Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Nov 1, 2, 3
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Oct 31, Nov 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Dracula The Musical, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Oct 31, Nov 1
Enter Laughing, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Motown the Musical, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Nov 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Nunsense Jamboree, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
Romeo and Juliet, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Oct 31, Nov 1, Dec 11, 12, 13
The Crucible, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2
The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Nov 6
Tomfoolery, Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Ann Arbor, Nov 9
White People, The Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, Nov 1, 2, 7, 8, 9

Opening This Period

Boogah and Hoogah's House, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit, Nov 2
Camelot, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township, Nov 1, 2
Dinosaurus, Adray Auditorium, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Nov 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
Driving Miss Daisy, City Theatre, Detroit, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2
Sister Act, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Nov 1
Superposition, Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, Oct 31, Nov 1
The Dogman Prophecies, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Oct 31, Nov 1, 7, 8
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Nov 1, 2, 8, 9
Turtle Island, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Nov 1, 8, 15, 20, 22, 29, 30

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