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Department of Musical Theatre


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.






Sandy and Jeanne Robertson
New gift establishes Robertson Emeritus Professorship in Musical Theatre

Sandy and Jeanne Robertson have made a $1.59 million gift ito create and support the Robertson Emeritus Professorship in Musical Theatre, inspired by Brent Wagner, who will be the first to hold the post.  more

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Blue on Broadway Halftime Show

Two of the University of Michigan's most well-known musical entities-the Michigan Marching Band (MMB) and the Department of Musical Theatre at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) -will partner at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, September 24 in a history-making presentation. more

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SMTD Welcomes New Faculty for the 2016-17 Academic Year

The 2016-17 academic year brings a celebrated group of artists and pedagogues to the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance as the School's newest faculty members.   more

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Professor reimagines presidential campaign as musical comedy

A movie musical written, directed, and produced in Ann Arbor by Prof. Andy Kirshner premieres at Michigan Theater on Sept. 22. more

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Maize & Blue on Broadway (VIDEO)

Titled Maize & Blue on Broadwaythe two-hour event, at the August Wilson Theatre, featured dozens of alums and students performing a spectrum of musical theatre numbers, many of them Professor Wagner's personal favorites. more

The Koinonia Trio (Hye-Jin Cho, piano; Christine Harada Li, violin; Nathaniel Pierce, cello)
The New Entrepreneurs

EXCEL program prepares students for thriving careers in the performing arts more

Todd Buonopane
It's All About the Song

Alumnus Todd Buonopane prepares musical theatre students for Senior Showcase more


"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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