Matrix Theatre Company uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice.
CHANGE A LIFE. CHANGE THE FUTURE.
Matrix Theatre Company uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice. Matrix creates opportunities for children, youth, adults and elders, especially those in isolated or challenged communities, to become creators, producers, and audience of original and heritage theatre.
"To me, Matrix is the best place ever. I love the teachers and being in plays. I have learned that our community is a great place. They help you believe in yourself."
- Ivory, Age 10, has helped Matrix write and perform 6 new plays since she joined Matrix 3 years ago.
As a cultural anchor of Southwest Detroit, Matrix Theatre Company will provide the most transformative and inclusive programs, facilities, and performances. We aim to become a national model for socially engaged, community-based theatre production, playwriting, and education.
"At Matrix, I can do anything...it's where I can escape reality, and a place where I can be accepted."
- Ron, Age 18
Matrix Theatre Company uses creativity, community, and collaboration to build powerful personal identities and deep connections to place. A focus on the local, the specific, and the original informs all of Matrix productions and programs.
Matrix is inclusive in practice and purpose: we engage all ages, all ethnicities, and all abilities through a uniquely comprehensive array of programs. Our three main programs include:
In all of our programs, co-creation and collaboration are key. Through this approach, we develop negotiation, team problem solving, and the sharing of scarce resources.
"Matrix is opportunity...for change, for nourishment, and for learning. I learned to believe in myself. Matrix shows you CAN accomplish things you didn't think you could do, with the right direction."
- Maurizio, adult, involved with Matrix for 3 years as an actor, teacher, and photographer
The following values are reflected throughout Matrix programs: