The Brass Tacks Ensemble 2018 Theater Exploration Troupe!

The application period is now closed.  An announcement of the selected Troupe members is forthcoming.

We are excited to announce instructions and applications (click here for a fillable form: BTE Exploration Troupe Fillable Application only – instructions not included) for the 2018 Theater Exploration Troupe, a series of classes to introduce people to the organized chaos that is theater!

The 2017 Season Acting and Directing Troupe

In 2017, we cast a troupe of actors and assistant directors to participate in workshops on basic acting techniques, voice and movement exercises, status exercises, Shakespearean language, and the BTE theater philosophy. The ensemble’s work culminated in three productions over the course of the year – Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, and Measure for Measure. The Troupe presented a new approach to collaborative theater in the Washtenaw County area, and we want to keep that energy flowing – for everyone!

Much Ado About Nothing, 2017

Following the success of this inaugural Acting and Directing Troupe, The Brass Tacks Ensemble is opening their 2018 Theater Exploration Troupe to people from all areas of theater and beyond – actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, lawyers, doctors, ministers, anybody and everybody.  Those who have experience (professional or amateur) in theater will benefit from the fundamentals that we introduce in the classes and so will those who have never set foot on a stage.
The focus of the classes will be on the basics of play production, storytelling, and exploration of the “live” element of theater.  These classes are for everybody and can influence all aspects of theater production as well as other aspects of professional life – giving speeches, presentations, sermons, and basic communication.  The 2018 Troupe is not solely acting focused, and applicants without a theatrical background are welcome!

The Seagull, 2013

Here is what 2017 Troupe members are saying about their experience:
“This was a remarkable group of actors who presented themselves with professionalism and kindness to each other.”
“I think that as a first attempt at this ensemble, we knocked it out of the park.”
“The information I learned will stay with me for many, many more productions.”
Starting the week of February 12, 2018 the Theater Exploration Troupe will begin meeting once per week. This introductory course – Level One – will meet for sixteen weeks, followed by Level Two classes later in the year.

No Exit, 2016

Because we want to emphasize the practical nature of the classes we are offering, we request that Troupe members be involved in at least two Production Practicals, taking roles as actors, as assistant directors, as stage managers, as production designers, or in some other production/administrative capacity.
Our Spring show is April 20-22 & April 27-29, 2018
Our Summer show is August 2-4, 2018
Our Fall show is November 2-4 & November 9-11, 2018
Anyone interested in being a part of the Theater Exploration Troupe can fill out an application available at our website,
Applications are due via email by January 6, 2018. Applications can be sent to
Individual interviews will be held the week of January 7-13, 2018.  You will be notified via email about time and place.
Group interviews will be held January 14-20, 2018.  
Admission notification will be sent out January 26, 2018.