My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Detroit, MI, USA
For my three children and one exchange student, participating in Mosaic has been a life changing experience. and really that is the best way to explain it - an experience.
My son, involved for 4 years, went from a self-conscious, talented introvert to a confident, talented, assertive, motivated individual. My daughter, involved for 3 years, gained training in technical theater that has given her a sense of accomplishment, and fostered, nurtured, and supported her leadership skills that have carried her into her graduate studies. My exchange daughter, of one year from Hong Kong, had experiences and friendships through Mosaic she may never have gotten otherwise. My youngest daughter has been exposed to Mosaic through her brother's joining into post high school volunteering. Her own personal 3 years included office and summer internships. The years of supporting my children’s' involvement has led to my own personal relationship with Mosaic youth Theater of Detroit. While focusing on each person's talent, helping them explore other talents, pushing them to respect themselves and others, and maintain educational excellence, this company gives each member a sense of acceptance, belonging, family, and lifelong relationships.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The first time I personally attended a Mosaic singers' event, I witnessed the change in the audience and felt the emotional shift as they took command of the stage. This was true for the actors' performances also. When you observe them offstage, they seem to be typical teenagers - goofing around, having fun, or whatever; but when it is time to perform, there is an instantaneous transformation...and they are artists.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
There is one aspect to the Mosaic ensemble that is presently missing, that is the technical theater component. As in any theater production, there is stage personnel needed. It was such a sense of pride when the Director would announce that even the set was built by Mosaic technical artists and “there were no adults backstage running the production". The return of this program would complete a full circle of Mosaic's theater training.