Rick Sperling: Founder

and Artistic Director

Rick Sperling has been a dynamic force for youth and arts in Detroit for more than twenty years. As founder of the internationally-acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Sperling was named a 2008 Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News for “inspiring self-discipline, a sense of teamwork and high personal standards in thousands of Metro Detroit children.” As a result of his work with Mosaic, Sperling has also received the Detroit Free Press award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Under Sperling’s leadership, Mosaic was named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2006.

In addition to his work with Mosaic, Sperling has participated in a number of other community activities including:

  • Rick action shotOne of the founding members of COMPAS (Center of Music and Performing Arts Southwest), which serves Latino youth and families in Southwest Detroit.
  • Serves as board member of CityYear Detroit
  • Serves as board member of University Musical Society
  • A member of New Detroit’s Cultural Exchange Network. Sperling is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program.
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Sperling has been a featured presenter at several national conferences, including:

  • National Council on Foundations
  • National After School Alliance
  • National Guild for Community Arts Education
  • American Alliance for Theatre Education
  • Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Sperling has also created many critically-acclaimed scripts, including: 

  • American Tune
  • Body Blow!
  • Now That I Can Dance
  • Motown 1962
  • Hastings Street
  • Crossing 8 Mile
  • HeartBEAT
  • The Children of Abraham Project
  • Everybody’s Talkin’
  • What Fools These Mortals Be!
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