DETROIT-REPScholarships for low- to moderate-income students are available

The Detroit Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the Actors Workshop Program. The return of the Workshop after a five-year hiatus is due to a generous sponsorship from The “Ways and Means” Community Foundation.

Founded in 1975, the Detroit Repertory Theatre’s Actors Workshop is a ten-week actor’s training program. The Actors Workshop provides professional instruction in all phases of theatre to persons who wish to pursue a theatrical career, revive a dormant interest in theatre or simply to fulfill a need for self-expression. Students will study Voice & Diction, Improvisation, Scene Study and Audition Technique.

The Workshop is open to adults 18 and older. Aspiring students at all levels of experience are encouraged to take the Workshop. No prior acting experience or training is required.

Registration for classes will be held at the Detroit Repertory Theatre on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Aspiring students will be required to audition at registration by performing a monologue from a published play, not to exceed 30 seconds in length. The classes will be held on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, beginning October 8, 2016 at Trinity Community Presbyterian Church in Detroit and will culminate in a Showcase presentation on the stage of the historic Detroit Repertory Theatre on Monday, December 12, 2016.

The cost of the ten-week workshop is $185.00 per student. However, if an aspiring student is able to demonstrate limited financial resources, scholarships up to the full cost of the workshop will be awarded based on financial need. Income verification documents such as payroll stubs and/or income tax forms will need to be presented at registration for review and determination of need.

Only 60 slots are available to potential students for the Workshop. Due to high demand, priority will be given to interested persons already on the DRT Workshop waiting list. First come, first served. Anyone wishing to register must call the Theatre during regular business hours, 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at (313)868-1347.


The “Ways & Means” Community Foundation’s mission is to help rebuild and stabilize local communities by providing programs and services that help improve the “ways” of life of individuals and of families living within those communities.

The Theatre, in partnership with “Ways and Means,” is seeking sponsors for the 2017 Actors Workshop. Civic-minded businesses or individuals who wish to make a tax deductible contribution to the continuation of the Workshop should contact Leah Smith, Director of Development at the Detroit Repertory Theatre.

The Detroit Repertory Theatre is the oldest professional (Union) non-profit theatre in the State of Michigan.



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