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Mosaic Announces Transition to New Leadership Model

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Jun 05, 2017

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit has announced a new executive leadership structure that, in its 25th year, is aimed at positioning the organization for increased capacity and sustainability. Mosaic will hire a new executive director while founder Rick Sperling will “continue to drive creative excellence” as artistic director for the organization. Alongside Sperling, DeLashea Strawder, CAELI alumnus and member of the Guild’s ALAANA Network Steering Committee, will step in as associate artistic director. The national search for an executive director is underway.

“This new leadership structure will allow me and...DeLashea Strawder to focus all of our energies on advancing Mosaic’s capacity to create art that truly empowers young people to achieve excellence on stage and in life,” says Sperling.

“As the board assessed our last twenty five years and worked with founder, Rick Sperling to consider what that next twenty five years would look like, we determined this leadership structure was the best strategy to build a foundation for further success,” said Mosaic Board Chair Kate Spratt. More importantly, “Bringing in an executive director who can focus solely on fund development and nonprofit management -- while Rick continues to drive creative excellence – will allow Mosaic to further grow as a strong nonprofit, impact more young people’s lives, and contribute more to the Detroit arts ecosystem.”

About Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Founded by Rick Sperling in 1992 to address gaps in Metro Detroit arts education, Mosaic served 25 young artists in its inaugural year. Today, hundreds of youth from more than 50 Metro Detroit schools participate in Mosaic’s First, Second and Main Stage programs every year. These innovative programs provide expert training, mentoring and opportunity to the area’s young actors, singers, and stage technicians, while fostering a culture of high expectations, active participation and acceptance that serves them beyond the stage.

Photo credit: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Detroit, MI

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