Tony Nominee Dominique Morisseau Joins Detroit Public Theatre as Executive Artistic Producer

Dominique Morisseau will join Detroit Public Theatre as Executive Artistic Producer in November 2020. Morisseau will become a member of the leadership team working with founding Producing Artistic Directors Courtney Burkett, Sarah Clare Corporandy, and Sarah Winkler to shape the future artistic and community vision of this young regional theatre in the heart of Detroit’s cultural district.

Dominique Morisseau. Photo by Lia Chang

Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the TONY nominated book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). Dominique is alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons). Additional awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18. 

Morisseau has played a central role in building Detroit Public Theatre since the company’s earliest planning stages, first advising and collaborating in 2014 (more than a year before DPT’s inaugural production) and subsequently joining the board of directors. DPT has produced four of Morisseau’s plays ( Detroit ’67, Skeleton Crew, Pipeline, Paradise Blue ) in five seasons.

In addition to Morisseau’s achievements as a playwright, she is a MacArthur Genius grantee, a national leader in crucial current movements for justice and equity in the American Theatre, and a beloved daughter of Detroit with deep roots in the city. Morisseau’s responsibilities as Executive Artistic Producer with DPT will focus on several key areas including: artistic partnerships; audience engagement and community engagement; donor engagement; and equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility leadership.

“I am extremely excited to join Detroit Public Theatre’s leadership team as the newly appointed Executive Artistic Producer. 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. It is vital that Detroit Public Theatre exist as a partner with the city of Detroit, and reflect in leadership the demographic of the city. 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. We collectively created my position as Executive Artistic Producer, and I am eager to further my work in helping DPT become more of a staple in the city of Detroit, and build even greater and more meaningful relationships with homegrown Detroiters.” – Dominique Morisseau

“On behalf of the entire DPT Board and staff we celebrate Dominique’s new role as Executive Artistic Producer. Dominique Morisseau’s leadership roles as artist, board member, and founding advisor have shaped the vision and values of Detroit Public Theatre since our earliest days. As Producing Artistic Directors, we have depended on her wisdom and talent to guide and grow the theatre for more than five years. We are honored that Dominique will now commit even more of her time, talent, and energy at this crucial moment for DPT and for the American theatre. We are grateful that Dominique is bringing her singular skills and influence to further lift this hometown theatre she helped to found. We look forward to building on the strong foundation Dominique has laid with DPT – of artistic excellence, responsibility to the community in which we produce, and the telling of bold, relevant stories which illuminate our shared human experience, challenge, and inspire.” – Sarah Winkler, producing artistic director.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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