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ENCORE THE JANUARY MOSAIC ALUMNI NEWSLETTER

THE MOSAIC MAIN STAGE ACTORS PRESENT

The Laramie Project

Mosaic’s Main Stage Actors tackle the weighty topic of intolerance in this production examining the events leading up to and the aftermath of Matthew Shephard’s 1998 murder. Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie, Wyoming to construct the story that has become an American classic.

Jeffrey Sellers accepting the Tony Award for Best Musical for producing 'HAMILTON'.

OAK PARK NATIVE AND 'HAMILTON' PRODUCER DONATES $1 MILLION TO MOSAIC!

Jeffrey Seller is the producer behind legendary musicals like RENT, In The Heights, Avenue Q, and most recently, Hamilton. Seller is a native Oak Park, MI and actually attended Oak Park High School. Jeffrey Seller has graciously donated $1 million from his foundation to help support Mosaic's Summer Camps and Mosaic Empowerment Experience Program that allows teaching artists to have artistic residencies at various schools in the Metro Detroit area.

Detroit natives, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jeff Bridges star in To Kill a Mockingbird. Photo from Vogue.

Mosaic Alum, Celia Keenan-Bolger stars along side fellow Detroit native, Jeff Bridges in the Broadway adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

MOSAIC NIGHT AT HAMILTON!

Support Mosaic and spend a night with us in "the room where it happens". Mosaic is selling tickets to one night during the National Tour of Hamilton! Click the link below for more info and to buy your tickets. Get them quick, they're going fast!

MOSAIC ALUM, DANIEL BELLOMY MAKES HIS BROADWAY DEBUT IN 'CHOIR BOY'!

A BITTERSWEET FAREWELL TO RICK

After 27 years of leading Mosaic, founder and artistic director, Rick Sperling will be retiring. Alumni and Director of Music Programs, DeLashea Strawder, will be taking over his role as Artistic Director. Rick will now take on the role as Artistic Director Emeritus. He will also be directing the summer Alumni musical.

Notes from Mosaic’s Executive Director

Happy New Year!

If your month has been like mine, you’re ready to exhale and welcome February. *Insert that smiling emoji with the tear drop of sweat* As many of you may remember, there’s really no down time at Mosaic. Either you’re preparing, doing or, recuperating from “done.” The work that we love calls on us to be our best every day and we try to live up to the charge. There is no energy like Mosaic energy, is there?

I find this feeling to be such an integral part of our Mosaic family fabric that I’m incorporating “meet and greet” time with young artists and parents into our new onboarding process for incoming staff. Even being an author and (former) dancer, I didn’t have that deep-in-your-soul feel for Mosaic until I had the chance to sit in on rehearsals and auditions. It’s more than just witnessing the final product of a well-polished show that ties you to this organization and the people who drive its engine. And that’s a narrative I hope we can start telling in a more compelling way to those who’ve never experienced Mosaic in its many forms.

Would you like to help tell that story?

On March 23, we’re hosting the Mosaic Story Night Experience at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. This is a fundraiser to benefit the life skills elements of our programming. It’s also a formal farewell to Rick Sperling, Mosaic’s founder. We plan to have a lot of fun and I hope you can join us.

To preview the event, we’re creating a video that will be shared on all of our social media channels and along with the e-invites we send out. We’d love to include formal or informal video quotes from alums that speak to the ways Mosaic provided you with life skills, college prep, or workforce readiness. Do you use any of these skills in your adult life? If so, how? Why is an organization like Mosaic Youth Theatre so relevant in today’s world? All that. I’m also looking for video clips from alumni sharing favorite memories of Rick to use during the evening’s program.

If you’re interested, I’ll need a clip about 10-20 seconds long no later than Friday, Feb. 1. Email me at sworth@mosaicdetroit.org and I’ll provide you with a Dropbox link to save your clip in. Lastly, we’d appreciate it if you can tag your clip by saying “I am Mosaic”. We’ll look at videos received after Feb. 1 to use in other promotional campaigns.

To close out this episode, I also wanted to shout out everybody I had the chance to meet at Life After Mosaic last month. *insert waving emoji* I’m looking forward to meeting more of you at events and activities in the future and making new memories with our current young artists.

Thanks for being Mosaic!

Stefanie

ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Hello Alums! We need your help! We're searching for volunteers for our Second Stage Performathon, The Laramie Project, and This Is Me: The Mosaic Singers in Concert.

Email Darius at alumni@mosaicdetroit.org to get more info

MOSAIC ALUMNI HIGHLIGHT

DEVIN WOODSON

1.) Tell us about yourself.

My name is Devin Miguel Woodson, I am a native Detroiter, I have always found inspiration in my city. As a child, I could sing before I could even speak and could find a song anywhere I looked. In the years since I found my calling at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, I has gone on to attend the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) where I currently study voice under DeAnna Johnson and Kisma Jordan-Hunter.

In my music, I has discovered a calling bigger than myself. I aim to be a voice that is getting louder for Civil Rights movements including racial, human, and LGBTQ. I try to live by the words of Jimi Hendrix, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

I have never liked to limit myself in a genre of music, so I sing any and everything that I can get my hands on. From classical, pop, jazz, musical theater, Country, Gospel, R&B soul, and even rock. Bringing all of the above together, I have tried (and am still trying) a sound that is truly unique and is sure to touch the hearts of Detroit and beyond.

2.) What has your experience been like studying at U of M?

I feel that just as any other school the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) has its issues, but I honestly would not trade it for the world. This environment for artists is like none other. A place where we come together to not only get a true understanding for who we are as artists, but also as human beings. I have seen and been in situations both good and bad here, but all teaching me something about myself along the way. That I know I will be forever grateful for. My school is almost a very interesting balance between conservatory and traditional university and that definitely adds to the uniqueness here. But I will definitely be getting all that I can while I am still here. So many of the administrative staff and my vocal instructors (DeAnna Johnson and Kisma Jordan-Hunter) have especially made my time worth wild.

3.) What is the greatest challenge you've faced in your college experience thus far and how did you overcome it?

The greatest challenge I have faced thus far, and quite frankly am still facing but getting better day by day is that of finding my true voice. Vocally, as I said earlier I have been singing since I could talk, but all that being mostly imitation. I have always had the ability to “sound like” someone else. Anyone I wanted really, and while I enjoy that it has never been me. When beginning college I realized how often it happened and why it was so dangerous for my career. To be an impressionist is one thing and that’s fantastic if it is what you want for your life but, I know the direction and vision I have for myself goes much deeper than that. So through practice and trying new things with my voice, also I have stopped listening and comparing myself to others. That is even my dangerous then imitating. Remember there is only one you, and NO ONE can do you better.

4.) What lessons did you take from your Mosaic experience that influenced your work at U of M?

Being in Mosaic definitely gave me a leg up on entering a school such as DIME. Besides being immediately accepted into the program based on training I received while in mosaic, once entering the program I realized one of the many things mosaic had given me was experience and exposure. While in mosaic we had performed for Presidents, travelled the country singing, and above all the taught me to stay ready, so I never have to get ready.

5.) What are your plans for the future (post-college)? What is your big dream?

This is definitely a loaded question, not because I don’t know what I want to do, but I don’t know what I want to do first. Since my days in mosaic I have always had a love and passion for musical theater, so possible moving and trying my hand at Broadway is a possibility. Of course I want to travel, and record music. I have a loving for acting as well, though I never actually had an acting role in any of our mosaic productions I took great pride in my understudy roles! I will one be on the hit ABC drama, “How To Get Away With Murder” alongside the amazing Viola Davis. I would definitely be lying if I said, I don’t care about awards, of course I want to win Tonys, Grammys, and Oscars but I also know those things do not define you as an artist. So though it would be nice, I would still be abled tot go on living a wonderful life without them as long as I know I touched someones heart along my journey. Almost above all the things, I want to be a teacher. Have my own school, teach voice, but more importantly, teach love.

6.) What advice would you give a current or future Mosaic Young Artist?

The largest piece of advice I would give to Mosaic young artist is to always remain humble and kind. Know your gift and your worth, but know that you don’t have to be a mean or hurtful person to do that. Success is and always will be a journey, never a destination. Don’t fret you’ll get where you want and need to go in due time. Take time to love one another, because life is simply too short. Always say this to yourself, “The question isn’t who will let me; its who’s going to stop me.” And what I always live by, as my birthday buddy Tupac Shakur once said, “I may not change the world, but I will spark the mind of the person who does.”

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