You can’t have a national Festival of anything without Detroit, Michigan. That’s just a fact. Detroit is a metonym for the American auto industry and the automobile, historically speaking, is an American icon.
But then I also say, you can’t bring Detroit into a national Festival unless it’s represented by Wayne State University. Thankfully, that’s what we got.
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized (and HUGE) metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.
And lucky for us they also have a theatre department.
Over the years, WSU theatres have been awarded the prestigious Governor’s Arts Organization Award as well as frequent honors from Detroit’s major newspapers, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, including “Theatre of the Year,” “Best Play,” “Best Director,” and many individual awards for members of the graduate company.
WSU has chosen Rutherford B. Hayes, the President whose shifty election inspired a CNN analyst one day to compare it to the 2000 election. Watching that broadcast was a young man who became suddenly inspired to create a show called 43 Plays for 43 Presidents. And later a Festival. Thanks Hayes!
And thank you, WSU. Detroit is represented and we couldn’t be more excited to have you in the ranks!