2nd Street Performing Arts Center and Downriver Actors Guild is the premier performing arts community gathering space for the area. Our mission is to provide the communities we serve with a space to experience the performing arts, dance, music, and visual arts. We build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The objectives of the organization is to produce the highest quality arts entertainment, to be a positive impact on our community, and to be an organization where everyone is welcome, equal, and can create in an open and accepting environment. We do this for the love of the arts.
Overseen by the Board of Governors, 2nd Street Performing Arts Center (d.b.a. Downriver Actors Guild) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving both the community of Wyandotte and the state of Michigan. 2nd Street Performing Arts Center will provide quality programming and performances that strive to be educational, affordable, and enrich the arts within our diverse communities. The center, which includes Downriver Actors Guild, Downriver Dance Academy, and Avenue A Cappella, the 2nd Street Performing Arts Center is a hub for the arts in Wyandotte, MI.
We at 2nd Street will continue to commit ourselves to:
Providing greater access to the arts in both the City of Wyandotte and in the Southeastern Michigan communities
A creative space and inclusive environment for established and emerging local performers and artists
Ensuring educational and cultural opportunities for all ages.
We are inclusive in our overall approach to representation across race/ethnicity, gender, body type, binary/non-binary identification, and physical ability.
Programs at 2nd Street will include:
Musicals, plays, and live performances for all ages
Theater eduction programs
Dance education, recitals, and performances
Live music concerts
Multicultural programs and events
Children's summer camps
Our Board and Management Team
Jim got involved with theater when his daughter wanted to be in a play with her friends. Seven years later, he has done many of the jobs here behind the scenes as well as being on stage in front of the lights. "We have a strong community theater here with fantastic programs for Families, Adults, Teens and Children. Besides serving on the board, he is also the Set Crew manager. Jim lives in Lincoln Park with his lovely wife, teenage daughter and 1 furry kid.
Peggy has served for many years as Downriver Actors Guild's Treasurer. Her background in finance has been an asset to the group. Downriver Actors Guild is a family affair for the Partrich family. Her son has appeared in many of our productions and her husband has been a huge supporter of the group.
Michelle has served several terms as Downriver Actors Guild's Secretary. Michelle is also in charge of our concessions for all productions. The Sturm family have all been involved with Downriver Actors Guild. Her son and daughter have been performing with the group since they were children. Her husband has been a loyal supporter.
Stepheni found the DAG family in 2015 when 3 of her children did their first show. It was clear right away that the children couldn't get enough so she decided to learn all that she could about the workings of the theater. She has tried her hand at being a producer and stage managing among other things. She has also helped with props, sets, costumes and makeup. She lives in Taylor with her husband James and their 6 children. She works in the Taylor school system and is heavily involved with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in her community.
Executive Producer / Documentarian
Bryan has been involved in local theater for the last 20 years. He has performed in a number of DAG productions including The Wizard of Oz, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Shrek. Bryan is also a founding member of DAG's premiere a cappella group, Avenue A Cappella.
Kenny wears many hats with Downriver Actors Guild. He has performed in numerous productions such as The Full Monty, Annie, and Rock of Ages. Kenny currently hosts DAG's video blog which can be seen on their YouTube channel. Kenny has directed both main-stage musicals and dinner theater.
Makena has been an active member of Downriver Actors Guild for the past five years. In that time she has served on numerous production teams, served on the technical teams for both stage and film productions, and has been seen on stage in a variety of roles. Makenna has served on the marketing team and is currently the social media chair.