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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.




Ashley Park (BFA '13) and Conrad Ricamora in the Lincoln Center Theater production of "The King and I" (Photo:Paul Kolnik)
SMTD Alumni at the Tony Awards

SMTD alumni will be represented at the Tony Awards on June 6 as nominees, performers, and red carpet hosts. more

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U-M selects Sphinx’s founder as new dean of School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Aaron Dworkin, recognized internationally for his leadership and advocacy of diversity in the performing arts, will serve as dean of the SMTD beginning July 20, 2015.  more

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Gulshan Singh and Jacob Hash, both computer science seniors, present their work in Video Game Music (Photo: Peter Smith)
Performing Arts in the Digital Age

Through dynamic multidisciplinary courses, SMTD is helping prepare students for 21st century careers. more

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A Steady Rise to the Top

After 11 years of hard work and a stream of roles, Brynn O'Malley is Broadway's brightest new star 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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