The Hilberry Company hosts “Engage with the Stage” theatre event for students

The Hilberry Company hosts “Engage with the Stage” theatre event for students

Graduate students of the Hilberry Theatre Company are giving high school students an opportunity to discover the inner workings of live theatre. This unique offering, Engage with the Stage, follows two matinee performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 and Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10 a.m.

On each performance day, up to 100 high school students will participate in one of four workshops taught by Hilberry Company members. Prior to the workshops, lunch will be provided by Blimpie of Detroit. Workshop options include “Introduction to Stage Management” (taught by Don Hunter, third-year stage management MFA candidate), “Lighting Design Fundamentals” (taught by Jim Costello, third-year lighting design MFA candidate), “Improve your Improvisation” (taught by Lorelei Sturm, first-year acting MFA candidate) and “Finding your Voice” (taught by Andrew Papa, first-year acting MFA candidate).

For $15 a ticket, Hilberry Company actors and designers will provide school groups with a performance and a glimpse into how productions are brought to life for audiences.

Engage with the Stage is the brainchild of third-year theatre management MFA candidate Kelly O’Connor.
 “My idea for Engage with the Stage was a direct response to feedback we received from community drama leaders and educators,” O’Connor says.  “Wayne State Theatres have a long history of educating and entertaining the next generation, and this program is a fresh way to engage young people with the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres.”
For ticket information, please call (313) 577-0852 or visit the Wayne State University Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Cass Avenue and Hancock.  Performance information and tickets may also be obtained by visiting the Theatre’s websites at and

About the Hilberry Theatre Company
The Hilberry Company is unique in that it is the nation’s only graduate theatre company staffed by young up-and-coming professionals and runs on a rotating repertory schedule. There are about 50 graduate students selected in national competition to receive fellowships to work in this theatre and study for advanced degrees in theatre management, stage management, lighting design, costume design, scenic design and acting. The company performs an annual season of six plays, including high school matinees for nearly 10,000 students. Through the years, four Hilberry productions have been selected to appear at the American College Theatre Festival.