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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.

 

 

faculty

 

Brent Wagner (Chair)

Vincent Cardinal (Chair, 9-1-16)

Jason DeBord

Ron DeJesus

Gerald DePuit (Emeritus)

 

Associated Faculty

Lisa Mayer

Sarah Randazzo

news

Photo by Jenny Anderson
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

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Todd Buonopane
It's All About the Song

Alumnus Todd Buonopane prepares musical theatre students for Senior Showcase more

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Vincent J. Cardinal named chair of Department of Musical Theatre

Currently chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Cardinal begins his U-M post in September.  more

 

events

image for A Grand Night for SingingA Grand Night for Singing

Saturday, September 24 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating $18/$12/$8/$5
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image for Scholarship ShowcaseScholarship Showcase

Sunday, September 25 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required
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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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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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