Local Theatre Group Supports Detroit


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By LeDene Lewis – Director, Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre

The Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre was born out of prayer – my own prayer about what I could do to support Detroit, the city I grew up in. So I founded the company, back in February of 2014.

We at DLCT believe that a theatre or production company should exist in part to act as a community benefactor, and that its success and eventual prosperity should be outgrowths of that.audience

Our mission is to provide Detroiters and those from surrounding communities with opportunities to be involved in an array of experiences in live theatre – planning, producing, promoting, and performing.

The theatre also serves as a conduit for spotlighting Detroit’s many positives – in our case, Detroit’s talent and its local businesses. Our aim is to attract different cultures to facilitate diversity, and also to bring revenue to local businesses surrounding our performance venues.


The cast of “Black History: The Revival”

DLCT’s most recent production, back in March, was Black History: The Revival – a celebration of heroes and heroines through narrative and song. Its focus was on some of the lesser-known African-Americans involved in the fight for freedom – like Ralph Bunche, the political scientist and academic who was born in Detroit in 1903. Performed at International Institute in Midtown, the play was originally conceived as a storytelling contest and grew into a staged production.

With productions like Black History: The Revival, we’re utilizing theatrical arts to help combat community and neighborhood deterioration, and also to help people build practical and employable life skills. The unifying, team-spirited activities that are inherent in theatre also help shine a light on the various segments of Detroit communities – young people, older adults, and people of all races and


The DLCT’s next production will be Lilies of the Field in November. The exact dates and location were not final at press time.

For information on Lilies of the Field and other productions – or about vending opportunities – please call 313-925-7894 and leave us a message. Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and appreciates donations of any amount. Visit the website at www.DetroitLCT.org.

A native of Detroit, LeDene Lewis attended Central High, graduated from Wayne State, and holds an MBA from Walden University.

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