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Department of Musical Theatre

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This comprehensive training program has a national reputation among professional agents, casting directors, and producers as being among the best of its kind. A unique situation exists at Michigan, since theatre, dance and music coexist as departments within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Students in musical theatre, as part of their curriculum, study with faculty members in the departments of Theatre and Drama, Voice, Dance, and Musical Theatre. The U-M is one of a select number of schools which promote this degree of collaboration among areas within the performing arts.

 

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As part of the degree, students have numerous opportunities to learn about career strategies, audition techniques, and a wide range of performance skills. Studying at Michigan also presents opportunities to choose among hundreds of classes outside the performing arts. In fact, Michigan offers a rare dual degree program in which you can work on the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree simultaneously. All of this combines to make Michigan's Department of Musical Theatre a unique place for the aspiring musical theatre professional to begin a career.

 

 

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Jeffrey Seller
Department of Musical Theatre receives major gifts from Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller and philanthropist James Kershner

The Jeffrey Seller Scholarship Fund will support need-based scholarships while Kershner's $1M estate gift will enhance the department's offerings and student experience. more

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
SMTD announces Oscar-winning songwriting team Pasek & Paul as commencement speakers

The musical theatre alums will also perform at the U-M ceremony at Michigan Stadium and will receive a Bicentennial Alumni Award, along with Carol Jantsch (BM '06, tuba) and seven other Michigan alums.  more

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Dean Dworkin's statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH

In a letter to all SMTD constituents, Aaron Dworkin lays out the importance of the NEA and NEH to our nation and to the future success of our students.  more

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Musical Theatre alumni Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Academy Award for their lyrics for "La La Land"

Pasek and Paul's "City of Stars" won the Oscar for "Best Original Song" in a motion picture.   more

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Musical Theatre alumni Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Golden Globe for their lyrics for "La La Land"

Pasek and Paul's "City of Stars" won the Golden Globe for "Best Original Song" in a motion picture.  more

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Operation Joy and Hope

Musical theatre students make weekly visits to Mott Children's Hospital forming a mutual inspiration society.      more

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Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service.  more

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Oh, What A Night!

It was a night like no other in the history of the University of Michigan. Last May, alumni and current students of the Department of Musical Theatre, along with current and past faculty, honored retiring department chair Brent Wagner with an extravaganza in New York City.      more

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SMTD Professors Daugherty and Gramley Receive GRAMMY Nominations

Multiple GRAMMY nominations went to Michael Daugherty's Tales of Hemingway; YoYo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, of which Joseph Gramley is a member and associate artistic director, received two nominations.  more

 

events

SMTD logo for eventSMTD Commencement

Friday, April 28 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMusical Theatre Senior Showcase

April 30
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reserved Seating $26
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"I think U-M is turning out the best young musical theatre performers in the business these days. They’re really well-rounded and well-educated actors, not just people who can sing and dance. "
James Lapine, Broadway director and writer (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)

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