ABOUT

Our Mission

Plowshares Theatre Company brings to life passionate stories, plays and programs told through the prism of African American life celebrating enduring themes that affirm, exhibit and inspire our shared human experience.

Since our beginnings in 1989, we have been making history with a spirit that encourages and values self-expression, imagination, creativity, and innovation.

For 30 years, Plowshares has been the alternative voice in metro Detroit’s performing arts community. A theatre that offers a true off-Broadway experience, with the kind of entertaining, and diverse productions that has made it a favorite among discerning patrons. Today, Plowshares Theatre Company is recognized as Michigan’s only professional African American theatre company. Plowshares is an urban theatre with a distinctly Detroit style. The name of the theatre company is synonymous with its mission: Plowshares is dedicated to “breaking new ground” by nurturing emerging talent, offering inspiring opportunities for growth to local artists and presenting new plays that explore new perspectives. This is what we do.

Affirm

Like the storytelling griots of West Africa, we use the magic of the spoken word and the lyrical phrase of a song to navigate the human condition. We share lessons learned by our ancestors and pass them on to the next generation. We encourage our audience to engage in a dialogue of ideas and to pursue lifelong learning as a core community value.

Exhibit

We endeavor to be a home for the most talented emerging and established artists. To be a place where actors, playwrights, directors and designers may imagine, nurture and realize their best work and excite our audience.

Inspire

From our productions to our outreach and education programming, Plowshares Theatre Company uses theatre as a means to challenge, excite, and unleash the untapped potential in all of those whose experience our work.

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