Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

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Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is a youth development 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Detroit, Michigan with a mission is to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of first-rate theatrical and musical art.


Since its foundation in 1992, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit has worked to alleviate gaps in arts education. Founded by Rick Sperling,[1] Mosaic specializes in artistic studies for young actors, singers, and stage technicians. Mosaic's national and international touring performances also work to bring recognition to Detroit as a center for arts and culture and promote a positive image of metro Detroit area youth.[2] The Mosaic Model is built on the goal of providing positive opportunities for positive youth development through performance arts training.

Performance season[edit]

Mosaic has 4 shows scheduled for 2009. Tickets are available by phone or online through the Mosaic Box Office website.

Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration[edit]

Detroit Film Theatre:

… a nostalgic theatrical journey to magical Motor City destinations." -Michigan Chronicle

Metro Detroit’s newest holiday tradition returns to the Detroit Institute of Arts! Filled with whimsical holiday stories innovatively staged, joyous songs from the Mosaic Singers and special guests and surprises, Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration kicks off the holiday season...Detroit-style.

Singsation! Mosaic Singers in Concert[edit]

Detroit Film Theatre

"They can sing, they can dance, and they know just how to bring down the house.” - NBC Today Show

The joint will be jumpin’ as the Mosaic Singers take us to the heart of 1930’s Harlem – The Cotton Club. The performance will feature jazz standards made famous by the greatest entertainers of the era, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole. With a live jazz combo and swinging dance moves, The Mosaic Singers will work their magic in a performance guaranteed to get audiences on their feet.

Notable alumni[edit]

Celia Keenan-Bolger: Broadway actress, 3-time Tony Award nominee

Ben Wright

Natasia (Tasia Rockit) Gibson

Awards and accolades[edit]

Since its inception Mosaic has been a pillar of success, gaining attention both nationally and internationally.

2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Mosaic receives $100,000 grant award from the Erb Family Foundation, one of the first grants made to arts and cultural organizations by the foundation Mosaic is one of two organizations to receive Bank of America’s first-ever Neighborhood Builders award in the Detroit market. A part of the company’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, organizations selected as Neighborhood Builders receive $200,000 in unrestricted operating support over two years. With the expansion of the Education Department, Mosaic training programs reach over 1,000 young artists in FY07 Named Crain's Detroit Business' 2007 Best-Managed Nonprofit The Youth Sports and Recreation Commission's Leonard Smith Award for Organizational Excellence National Conference for Community and Justice's William Beckham Community Service Award for The Children of Abraham Project

Board of Directors[edit]


Chair Treasurer Secretary Immediate Past Chair
Kevin A. Smith Melanie A. Duquesnel Candy Collins-Adams Robert G. Riney

Board members[edit]

Name Matthew P. Cullen Maha Freij Sven Gierlinger Linda H. Gillum, Ph.D., Diane Borgus Green, M.A., N.C.C., Timothy P. Higgins Dr. Deirdre Holloway Waterman Douglas Maibach Reuben A. Munday Deborah M. Pfliegel Lynn M. Quigley Kathy Stinehour Dr. Geneva J. Williams
Company Rock Enterprises ACCESS Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Senior Research Fellow Research Henry Ford Community College Comerica Bank Halloway Eyecare P.C. Barton Malow Company Lewis & Munday GMAC Insurance Ford Motor Company Fund Radio One Detroit City Connect Detroit


Name Rick Sperling Annette Madias DeLashea Middleton Megan Miller Courtney Burkett Samuel Pollack Anna Serra Tara Adams Scot Cleaveland Ariel Jones Sealoyd Jones III Tiffani Langford Nicole LaVallee T.Renee Mott-Smith Ayanna Smith
Position Founder & CEO Associate Marketing and Development Director Co-Artistic Director/Director of Music Programs Education Director Co-Artistic Director/Director of Acting Programs Managing Director Director of Marketing and Development Executive Administrative Assistant Production Manager Programs Administrator Youth Support Director Development Manager Sales Manager Volunteer Coordinator Business Manager


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