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Detroit Public Theater Welcomes Dominique Morisseau as new Executive Artistic Producer

Tony-nominated playwright is appointed to a new role in her hometown arts scene

Dominique Morisseau. (Photo by Joseph Moran)

Detroit’s own, Dominique Morisseau, has just been named the new Executive Artistic Producer of Detroit Public Theater (DPT). As a longstanding supporter and advocate for the arts in the Motor City, Dominique will be lending her talents and expertise to a burgeoning theatre landscape. Dominique and DPT have had a strong partnership since 2014, and as the new Executive Artistic Producer, she will be responsible for reimagining a more inclusive and more diverse artistic arts space.

As part of a long list of playwrights who have had their works produced by DPT (her “Detroit Projects” cycle), her new role will oversee audience and community engagement, increase in donor sponsorship, and equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility leadership. In a statement, she said, “I have been an advocate for this theatre since its inception in our city, mostly because of its original intent to not just provide professional Equity-level productions to our city, and Equity-contracted work to Detroit’s local theatre artists, but to also support a thriving theatre community by which Detroit’s pre-existing theatre companies can benefit and be supported in adjacent work. I was already an original board member of the theatre, but with the recent wave of activism in the theatre industry at large, and particularly around leadership in theatre administrations, I felt that it was time to shift in my position and participation level. 

I reached out to DPT’s producing artistic directors and told them that I wanted a leadership position at the theatre, and they enthusiastically agreed. I want people to know this origin story because it is important to see yourself in positions where people like you may be unrepresented or under-represented, and know that you can stake your claim to a seat at the table.” Dominique is a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, a two-time NAACP Award recipient, and the Tony-nominated book writer for the musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Congratulations Dominique!

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Tremaine A. Price

Written by Tremaine A. Price

Tremaine A. Price, affectionately known as “Mr. T,” is an arts educator with 10 years worth of teaching experience. He is currently the Arts Director for Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, where he oversees the artistic and educational development of students in middle and high school. He also serves on the board of directors for AfterWork Theater, a non-profit theatre company designed to make theatre accessible for all. A self-proclaimed “Theatre Geek,” Tremaine used his interest in Black History and his love for Theatre to focus his college studies on African American Dramatic Literature at Vanderbilt University and has since continued his studies working towards a Masters of Arts in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities at NYU. He is a long-time admirer of Broadway Black and is excited to join the team.

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