When we hear the words “youth theater” we may not think of the expansive, professional productions Mosaic Youth Theatre has become known for. Founder and director Rick Sperling says one of the organization’s missions is to challenge audience expectations for the kind of productions and storytelling young people can do. The other is to tell the stories of Detroit’s youth.
Mosaic Youth Theatre is telling the story of the two thousand students who walked out of Detroit’s Northern High School in 1966 to protest educational inequality. Sperling Northern Lights 1966 tells an important story of students who fought and won.