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Michigan Opera Theatre

The Michigan Opera Theatre was founded by Dr. David Dichiera in 1971. After 25 years without a permanent home, the MOT moved into the newly renovated Detroit Opera House. Dichiera believed in presenting opera that represented the local community, and frequently featured African-American performers. Toni Morrison’s opera “Margaret Garner” premiered at the MOT in 2005. The MOT puts on several world-class operas each season, while the Detroit Opera House hosts other musical and dance performances.

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A Host of People

Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker are the co-directors of theatre ensemble, A Host of People. The company creates performances that bring out complexity and imagination for the audience. The company came to Detroit in 2012 and since then has produced five original works, curated two performance series, toured the U.S., and has created an in-school “arts-forward” educational program. Their original plays come from existing works of art, interest in social movements, collaged texts, and many other sources. The co-directors were 2018 Kresge Artist Fellows.

Isis Damil
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Clearly one of Detroit's musical treasures is producer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and Communications Professional Isis Damil. Isis is a new breed of musical artist who is comfortable in all musical genres while creatively making any style completely her own.

She’s performed in various venues and festivals in Detroit, to New York, Los Angeles, and Africa for the King of Ghana! She’s currently a member of the Stellar Award Winning, Grammy nominated group J. Moss and PAJAAM and has recently released her Sophomore CD entitled “Civil Love.” 

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