Intensifying Your Experience

TheatreLab is our second stage artistic and collaborative laboratory dedicated to the discovery of theatrical imagination and expression for live presentations. These limited-run events will feature master classes, workshops, student projects and staged readings in a virtual, recorded or live setting.

2020-2021 Theatre Lab Season

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    October 9, 2020: Selections from Angels in America

    The event will be played Facebook Live at 7:30 pm.  Click here to visit our Facebook page.

    Angels Program


    October 22-24, 2020: Improv Workshops with Jaime Moyer '01


    Learn improv skills from Second City Hollywood performer and Detroit Mercy Alumna Jaime Moyer '01.

    October 22 at 7:00 pm

    October 23 at 7:00 pm

    October 24 at Noon, 3:30 pm, and 6:00 pm

    *Free for Detroit Mercy Students only.   

    Sponsored by Detroit Mercy Student Life

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    Jaime Moyer is an alum of The University of Detroit-Mercy and was a mainstage performer at The Second City in Detroit. Jaime has taught improvisation, as well as performing, all over the country including workshops at Washington Improv Theater, The Arcade Theater, Go! Comedy, The Siren Theater, Dallas Comedy House, Asheville Improv Collective, Dosage Improv Workshops, Unscrewed Theater, Planet Ant, Camp Improv Utopia, Angel Comedy in the U.K., ICC Theatre in Denmark (twice!), and many others. As an actress she has voiced two characters on Bob's Burgers, appears in the new Netflix series The Big Show Show, and had a recurring role on Modern Family. She has also appeared on Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Jennifer Falls, Detroiters, Future Man, and Disney's hit show K.C. Undercover. Jaime appeared onstage in "Twist your Dickens" at The Kennedy Center in D.C. at the Portland Center Stage, and at The Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles. She was awarded the sole prize of "Maestro" at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011.  Prior to the pandemic you could find her performing regularly at The Second City Hollywood, Westside Comedy, The Pack, and more around L.A.  Follow her on Twitter @Jaime_Moyer.


    February 14, 2021: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

    This virtual experience will feature a dramatic reading that is apart of Detroit Mercy's Black History Month celebration.

    Directed by Greg Trzaskoma
    The dramatic reading will be a letter from Louisa Swan.
    Louisa Swan (originally of Indiana) was about 26 at the time of the letter and a true African American pioneer woman.  In 1860 she married William Swan, a runaway slave from Virginia.  At the beginning of the Civil War, they fled northward to northern Michigan for sanctuary -- the area around Pine Lake (Lake Charlevoix today).  They were the first blacks in the area, which was nearly all populated by Native Americans -- Ottawa and Ojibwa.  The Swans cleared land for a farm, first as squatters, then in 1867 and after as homesteaders.  They raised a family.  They were befriended by the local Native Americans.
    By the late 1860s, more whites began to move into the area.  In June 1870, William was killed while on the way to Traverse City by two white Civil War veterans in a 19th century "hate crime."  Unable to bury him elsewhere, their Native American friends reclaimed the body and buried him in their churchyard.  When she wrote the letter, Louisa, obviously a hardy soul, had just lost a husband, been burned out of their home, and had a young daughter very ill.
    Nevertheless, she is hopeful.  Her relatives urged her to return back southward.  She, instead, tried (ultimately with success) to get them to settle in northern Michigan, explaining what fantastic neighbors the Native Americans were.

    February 2021: TheatreLab


    March 2021: TheatreLab "Bridging the Gap in Theatre""

    For Detroit Mercy Students only, "Bridging the Gap In Theatre" is a Zoom workshop with theatre students to discuss challenges that performers of color face in the theatre industry (specifically pertaining to design) and how designers can be more respectful in their design process and collaborations with actors.

    More details will be announced in January 2021.