Theatre and Dance at Wayne students host virtual series to support social justice organizations

In accordance with the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance’s “We Will: Our Promise of Accountability” statement, the students of Motor City Cabaret and the cast of Trivoya Gold have created Songs For Change, a series of student-led virtual cabaret performances to raise money for a variety of social justice organizations. The Songs For Change series kicks off Sunday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. live on the Motor City Cabaret YouTube channel.

“Motor City Cabaret is a musical theatre outreach company comprised of undergraduate theatre students,” said Lecturer and Motor City Cabaret Director Jill Dion. “The idea for the cabaret fundraiser series came about in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. The resounding question was, ‘What can we do? What do we have to offer?’ Many students felt powerless. This is our small way of using our talents to incite change.”

The group’s first event, Spread the Vote, will focus on the importance of voting. The cabaret will include songs from Schoolhouse Rock! and feature a special interview with Scott Ferguson, the original director and co-writer of Schoolhouse Rock Live!

All donations for this event will go to Spread the Vote, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that people have what they need to vote. For more information about Spread the Vote, visit

Upcoming Songs For Change event dates:

  • Spread the Vote: Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Affirmations: Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sanctum House: Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Campaign Zero: Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.