a new arts organization in SE Michigan

Whatabout Theatre

A non-profit theatre and arts organization dedicated to producing quality improvisational theatre performances, classes, workshops, and more.

Whatabout Theatre's new Revolving Stage program provides an opportunity for directors to produce a 45-60 minute structured long form improv show.Tickets now available for It's A Scream on October 14! Buy your tickets now.Currently accepting proposals for the next Revolving Stage production! Apply here or scroll down for more information.

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Each It's A Scream! show will play with different horror tropes, and the October theme is Paranormal! A group of daring high schoolers break into their local haunted house on Halloween night, not believing in its power. Ghosts, demons, goblins, ghouls - who knows what lurks in those antique walls? And, what's causing people to turn up dead? Watch the chaos unfold in this completely unscripted horror-themed show. This in-person event will take place at 26 North Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.October 14 only - join us for a SPECIAL LATE SHOW and COSTUME CONTEST at 10pm!
Get dressed up in your best costume and come to the It's A Scream! Late Show to WIN PRIZES and enjoy some improvised horror comedy.
Tickets are $15 for one show or get 50% OFF the second ticket when you buy a DOUBLE FEATURE ticket! It's improvised, so you're guaranteed to see a different show if you stick around for both.
Whatabout Theatre members get an extra 20% off of tickets! Not a member? Join Now and email us at info@whatabouttheatre.org to get the discount code before purchasing! Get tickets now before they sell out!

Now accepting proposals for the next Revolving Stage production!
Learn more about the process in this Position Description and submit your proposal via this form by September 26, 2023.
If you have an idea for a 45-60 minute long form improv show, we want to hear about it! The next Revolving Stage production will rehearse in December and January and will have a four-month run from February-May, 2024. If you have any questions about the proposal process or the performances, don't hesitate to reach out at info@whatabouttheatre.org.

Whatabout Theatre was started by local community members wanting to further cultivate connections through improv and live theatre.Learn about our membership structure, our developing curriculum, and our commitment to community and belonging.


Whatabout Theatre is laying the physical and digital foundation for a performing arts community that cooperatively provides quality entertainment, excellent education, and a creative environment.


Join us for short- and longform improv games, and get to know other performers in the area.There's no improv jam in October, but you can join us for It's A Scream! on October 14!


Whatabout Theatre was built with community and collaboration in mind. Our membership structure allows all of our community members to have a say in organizational matters.We can't do this without you – join as a member and/or join a committee and provide your input into the future of Whatabout Theatre.


If you've ever considered learning improvisation, Whatabout Theatre's Improv Level 1 class is the place to start! In this class, you'll gain familiarity with improv concepts, grow your skills, and build relationships with your classmates.After completing this eight (8) week class, you'll:

  • Understand stage directions and be able to position yourself on stage

  • Create and embody characters with a variety of physicalities and voices

  • Perform improvised scenes live on stage in front of an audience!

At Whatabout Theatre, we want our students to stay on T.R.A.C.K.
Trust in your community. Respect yourself and others on and off the stage. Accept people for where they start their journey. Create in a safe and collaborative environment. Know that you are enough.


PREREQUISITE: No previous experience required, all students must be 18 years or older.PRICE: ONLY $225!
Whatabout Theatre Members get a special discount! Join now.
DATE/TIME: Tuesdays, September 19 through November 7, 7-10pmLOCATION: Riverside Arts Center | Studio 1 | 2nd FloorINSTRUCTOR: Corene Ford
Corene Ford (she/her) has been improvising for just over a decade and loves both performing and teaching. She has taught at Pointless School of Improv, been a member of several house teams at Go! Comedy and Pointless Brewery & Theatre, and coached multiple launch groups. She serves as Secretary of the Whatabout Theatre Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Improv Collective. Professionally, Corene is a shareholder at Tilchin & Hall, P.C. where she focuses on real estate and business law matters, a member of the Oakland Mediation Center's Board of Trustees, a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Character & Fitness Committee, and an adjunct professor at Oakland University.
STUDENT HANDBOOK: Please read the Student Handbook as it contains all relevant policies for Whatabout Theatre Classes.


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