The inspiration for Detour came when our Artistic Director, Sam was asked by her then - 23 year old, developmentally disabled son, “When is it going to be my turn?” As theatre arts coordinator at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, her son often spent time in the theatre watching and participating. Sam searched for appropriate arts programming for her s son, and finding none, decided it was time to gather her son and his friends and begin. After a b brief association with a social program for adults with developmental disabilities, Detour C Company Theatre was incorporated in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit solely committed to p providing accessible theatre arts programing for all.
Our first performance (under Play It By Heart), The Wizard of Oz, featured a handful of actors and an audience of loyal family and friends. Our last production at our performance home Scottsdale Center for the Arts, was Happy Days, (June, 2016). It featured more than 40 actors, as well as 20 coaches and a live band on stage. Over the four-performance weekend, more than 2000 people took seats in the audience to celebrate our actors.
Sam’s background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Arizona State University. She served as the coordinator of the Theatre Arts program at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, adjunct instructor of creative drama at Phoenix College and recently retired as a certified ASL interpreter for many theatre companies throughout the Phoenix area. Sam serves as the bridge between the original Broadway script and the adaptations necessary for the Detour cast. She trains our coaches to help their actors implement their rolls and to navigate the stage safely. Sam also works closely with the Detour production team to maximize accessibility in all aspects.