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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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Bob James
U-M Homecoming Features Star-Studded Free Events

Homecoming weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) to feature free concerts and events with celebrated SMTD alums.  more

George Gershwin at piano that was donated to SMTD. (Photo courtesy of the Ira Gershwin Archive)
U-M Unveils Historic Gershwin Piano at Free Public Concert

A fully restored 1933 Model A Steinway piano, previously belonging to George Gershwin, will be unveiled at a free public concert in Hill Auditorium on Friday, October 10 at 8:30 p.m. more

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SMTD logo for newsSMTD Welcomes New Faculty

Meet Danielle Belen. Jason DeBord, Joseph Gascho, Benny Green, Tim McAllister, Kola Owolabi, and Courtney Snyder. more

SMTD logo for newsLizzie and Jonathan Tisch pledge $5 million in scholarships for SMTD and LSA

Three million dollars will establish the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Scholarship Fund for students in SMTD, with a preference for students studying in the Department of Musical Theatre.  more

SMTD logo for newsSMTD Receives Major Addition to Musical Theatre Scholarship Fund

Sandy and Jeanne Robertson have made an additional gift of $1 million to the previously established Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Scholarship Fund for musical theatre students.  more

Andrew Lippa
Alums Nominated for Top Theatre Awards

The annual theatre award season has begun and a number of alumni have received important nominations. more

 

events

image for Guest Concert: Justin Paul and Benj PasekGuest Concert: Justin Paul and Benj Pasek

Sunday, November 2 - 7:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no 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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