Detroit Mercy Theatre Company earns national honors for ‘Antigone’

A Detroit Mercy Theatre Company production of Sophocles’ Antigone has been honored at the 2022 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s national competition. It is the first Detroit Mercy show since 1978 to receive such recognition.

Jade Sibert, left, as Ismene and Kaelyn Johnson as Antigone, discuss betraying the king to bury their brother.
Detroit Mercy students Jade Sibert, left, as Ismene and Kaelyn Johnson as Antigone.

Antigone was honored for Special Achievement in Ensemble Performance for the 11-member cast and Seth Amadei received Special Achievement in Lighting Design.

The show, in a new translation by Diane J. Raynor, was presented in October 2021, under the direction of Sarah Hawkins Rusk, who is an adjunct professor of theatre at Detroit Mercy.

Antigone was chosen to compete in the national festival after being honored at the KCACTF’s Region III competition early this year.

Read more about the production.

Six Detroit Mercy students participate in the production, Antigone.