Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional theater of the highest artistic quality for children and families and to making that theater accessible to everyone including low income, minority, and disabled children through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs.
Founded in 1980 by Hilary Cohen and Sandy Ryder, Wild Swan Theater has been delighting children and building imaginations with a potent combination of some of the world’s greatest stories, original music, dance, masks, puppets, and the visual poetry of American Sign Language (ASL). We offer an annual season of seven productions with performances at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor for around 10,000 theatergoers. We offer a repertoire of 13 touring productions and about 19,000 patrons attend an estimated 90 performances a year at schools, libraries, theaters, and museums throughout Michigan. Our repertory of mainstage and touring productions for young audiences is literate, artistically executed, and of the highest professional caliber. Each year, we break new ground in bringing stories to life by developing original scripts including our historical dramas about women in the World War II workforce in Rosie the Riveter and the underground railroad in Along the Tracks; folktales from other cultures such as Under the African Sky and The Firebird; and classic fairy tales such as The Ugly Duckling and Jack and the Beanstalk.
Since its founding, Wild Swan has been committed to making theater accessible to all. Our groundbreaking work for deaf, blind, and developmentally and physically disabled patrons has redefined accessibility across the nation and around the world. In the early 1980s, we were one of the first theater companies in the nation to incorporate ASL into all of our mainstage performances. We pioneered accessibility tools such as onstage touch tours and audio described performances for audience members who are blind and pre-performance workshops for audiences who are developmentally disabled. Our artistic style has evolved through our efforts to find the most effective ways to reach and fully engage children of all abilities.
For more information about Wild Swan Theater, please visit www.wildswantheater.org or call us at 734-995-0530.