The Ringwald is located inside of Affirmations at 290 West 9 Mile Road in downtown Ferndale, Michigan. There are numerous parking lots, street parking, and the Dot parking structure, all within a block of Affirmations. Paid parking is Monday-Saturday from 11am-midnight ($1/hour). Learn more about Parking in Ferndale HERE and check out the available lots HERE (Lot 3 is located directly behind Affirmations).
The Ringwald opened our doors to our Ferndale location at 9 Mile & Woodward in May of 2007 with Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy and quickly became a mainstay of Detroit’s theatre community.
In a newly-formed partnership with Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center, The Ringwald opened their home inside the center in the fall of 2021 after temporarily shutting its doors at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a successful 14 year residency on Woodward and 9 mile.
The Ringwald's mission is to engage diverse audiences through fresh, risk-taking theatrical experiences. Seasons will include productions focusing primarily on newer works, previously un-produced scripts, and innovative interpretations of seasoned classics.
The Ringwald Theatre has a long history of spotlighting and uplifting LGBTQ+ experiences and stories. We are and always will be proud of this and we will continue to forge ahead with this goal at our roots.
Nevertheless, we are seeking to expand the scope and breadth of whom our projects include, to actively advocate for BIPOC/LatinX voices with an unabashed commitment to an anti-racism mindset and policy – one that will be followed without question by our board members, performers, and all who walk through our doors.
What does it mean to be anti-racist? Anti-racism is the act of actively speaking out against racism. It’s not a passive participation, it is the active intent of disrupting the systemic racism in our society. It is complicated, active, and heavy work. Anti-racism is a practice that can and should be implemented by all individuals, especially those who approach life from a place of privilege. But we recognize that active participation in anti-racism means ACTION.
Therefore, with this throughline driving our purpose, mission, creative projects, and hiring principles - we commit to you ALL the following:
The Ringwald Theatre commits to actioning all the anti-racist policies stated above, in order to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment for any and all patrons, actors, creatives, and community members who interact with the theater. We stand with those who have been denied a voice and systematically oppressed, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, BIPOC, LatinX, or otherwise.
We move forward with open hearts, open minds, open ears, and a willing commitment to change and adapt as needed.
President / Artistic Director