Annual Black Tie Awards Night and Homecoming Celebration
Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Detroit Repertory Theatre Annual Black Tie Awards Night and Homecoming Celebration and Performance is the Annual Major Fundraiser for the Detroit Rep Theatre. Funds raised at the benefit go to the Theatre’s Working Capitol Fund. The Fund is used to help the Theatre meet financial obligations in a timely and efficient manner and help set the table for the generations ahead.

The Annual Black Tie Homecoming unites past Detroit Repertory artists and actors with loyal patrons of the Theatre to celebrate the cultural and civic power of the Rep and lend their support.

Michael Joseph, UAW Ford International representative, TV Host, producer

The 2018 Detroit Repertory Theatre Black Tie Gala is Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM. Individual tickets are $75 per person and include:

A champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a Ceremony hosted by Master of Ceremonies, UAW International Representative and TV host, producer, writer, actor, Michael Joseph. Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships of Chemical Bank, Donnell R. White is the Keynote Speaker and he will speak about the importance of the arts and the legacy of the Detroit Repertory Theatre followed by the annual presentation of Awards given to the Best Artists of the 17/18 Season as voted by the Theatre’s Subscribers. The evening will feature a presentation of the first play of the Rep’s 62nd Season, the Michigan Premiere drama about faith, forgiveness and redemption, Evidence of Things Unseen by Katie Forgette. The night will wind down with a Champagne and Dessert Afterglow celebration in the Theatre Lobby and Gallery with the Detroit Rep’s Artists of the past, present and future.


Donnell R. White, Senior Vice President
Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships
Chemical Bank
Donnell R. White joined Chemical Bank in June of 2018 as Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships.  In his position, Mr. White is responsible for establishing and leading strategies to attract, engage and develop diverse talent across the organization, as well as focusing on developing relationships with community groups, and business organizations in the city of Detroit.

Prior to joining Chemical Bank, Mr. White served as executive director of the Detroit Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he helped lead the organization’s largest local Branch – Also one of its oldest and most storied Branches.  While there, he was responsible for the strategic, financial and operational oversight of the organization and also served as the spokesperson and community liaison for the organization.

Mr. White is a founding member of New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice Law Enforcement Signatory Group, the Co-Chair of ClearCorps Detroit, Vice Chair of the Detroit Public Lighting Authority, and a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Wayne State University President’s Advisory Group and the DTE Energy Community Advisory Board.

The Detroit Repertory Theatre Black Tie Awards Night and Homecoming Celebration is sponsored by:


MGM Grand Detroit

Funding for the Detroit Repertory Theatre comes from
the Kresge Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, Shubert Foundation and the Ways & Means Community Foundation.


2016 Black Tie - S. Epatha Merkerson meets Bruce millan.