Sidebar Black Art Theatre of Detroit
Darryl Davis developed SideBar Black Art Theatre of Detroit. It is about Community, culture and entertainment using a broad perspective of the Diaspora lens as a component to guiding its presentations. It provides theatre artists with a home to explore and develop their craft in a professional artistic environment and through this; educate, empower, uplift and unite the Detroit Community with "theatrical productions that are the most expressive, the truest to the theatre and life of the time, that living artists ('Actors, Scenic Designers, Costume Designers, Lighting Designers, Sound Designers, Playwrights and Director's') can evolve." This is also done via outreach programming and by use of the broad Diaspora lens; thus, allowing SideBar to reveal the universality and commonality that exists between the various Cultural and Socioeconomic groups that makeup the Detroit Community. SideBar seeks to make known that their differences are actually their strengths and not their weakness.
Darryl Davis is originally from Grand Rapids, MI. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Calvin College, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre performance from Western Michigan University, a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Florida and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from Wayne State University (WSU) as of Spring 2011. At WSU, Darryl directed the plays; Hambone, Toys in the Attic, and Blues for an Alabama Sky; as well as, the tour shows of Contribution and Dream Tunnel for the Black Theatre Tour Program at WSU. He also performed in A Lesson Before Dying and was an actor in A Lie of the Mind, which the WSU Theatre Department performed in Moscow, Russia, in connection with the Month in Moscow Study Abroad program in 2008. He is also the current Executive Board Secretary for the Black Theatre Network. Darryl currently teaches theatre classes as an adjunct professor at several institutions and is working to develop an ensemble theatre company called, SideBar Black Art Theatre of Detroit. Lastly, he is a new member of the Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Alumni Board.