DETROIT, MI (June 3, 2019) – Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is eager to announce auditions for youth aged 11-17 to join Mosaic’s singing and acting companies. Auditions will take place for Mosaic’s 2019-2020 season, including productions of A Christmas Carol, Adventures in Wonderland, Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges, Its LIT: Celebrating Literature by Authors of Color, Lift Every Voice: Mosaic Singers in Concert and more . Over the years, Mosaic has gained a known reputation in theatrical and youth creative arts. Young Artists from all over the region join Mosaic to learn hands-on performing arts training. Auditions will take place on June 12, 13, and 15 at Mosaic Youth Theatre. Interested individuals can register in advance to reserve their audition time on Mosaic’s website at https://mosaicdetroit.org/our-programs/auditions/.
Young Artists are ambassadors for the city of Detroit and their generation. Young artists gain theatrical experience through performances at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Redford Theatre, gain exposure to leadership initiatives, touring opportunities, media interviews, and various community performances. Previous young artists have performed for former president Barack Obama, Aretha Franklin, participated in national competitions and participated in all-youth international performances to Africa, Asia, and Europe. Mosaic is proud to be named one of CBS’s top non-profits to know, gained recognition from Crain’s Detroit as the Best Managed Non-profit, winner of numerous state and local awards, including Governors’ Award for Arts and Culture, State of Michigan History Award, and the NCCJ Humanitarian Award, to name a few.
Mosaic’s mission expands beyond the stage. Nearly 500 young people ages 7-19 participate in out-of-school programs ranging from acting and vocal music ensembles, summer camp programs, and, to an annual college invitational technical theater apprenticeships, and arts administration internships in addition to in-school programming at area schools.
Mosaic is a safe space for many young artists to explore creatively and enhance their leadership, professionalism, and community involvement off the stage. 95 percent of Mosaic’s alumni have been admitted to college, including this season’s 23 senior’s class, all accepted to college. Young artists completing Mosaic’s program continue their creativity in their chosen career fields in college. Some continue to study music or acting, and others express their creativity through education, sociology, politics, engineering, and various majors.
“Creative Youth Development is an educational practice that integrates creative skill-building with the principles of positive youth development, including youth-driven inquiry and self-expression fueling young people’s imaginations while building critical learning and life skills,” remarks DeLashea Strawder, Mosaic’s Artistic Director.
“Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit empowers youth to achieve high levels of educational, professional and artistic excellence. As a leader in Creative Youth Development, we inspire future generations to imagine a greater future for themselves and cultivate the critical skills needed to realize their power to transform their communities and the world at large,” she said.
“The best part of Mosaic is the people. The performing is awesome, and the scripts and shows are great, but what I love most is the friends and family here. You don’t find this everywhere!,” remarks John Sanford, Main Stage actor and young artist of four years.
What: Community auditions for youth ages 11-17 interested in joining Mosaic’s Main stage program
When: June 12th, June 13th, and June 15th (register online for audition time; https://mosaicdetroit.org/our-programs/auditions/www.mosaicdetroit.org/
Where: Mosaic Youth Theatre, 2251 Antietam Ave, Detroit MI 4807
Singers: Prepare a 1-minute excerpt of a song of your choice.
Actors: Prepare a 1-minute monologue or receive one on-site.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an out-of-school creative youth development organization. Through rigorous theatre and vocal training, Mosaic’s arts education, college prep, and workforce readiness programming helps young people ages 7-19 develop the critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success on stage and in life.
The organization maintains a 95%-plus high school graduation rate with its alumni attending colleges across Michigan and around the country, institutions such as The Julliard School, and going on to become Kresge Fellows, Broadway stars, Emmy and Tony Award nominees, and good global citizens scattered throughout the business community. To learn more about Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, visit us online at www.mosaicdetroit.org.