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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.




William and Delores Brehm (photo by Mark Mastropietro)
SMTD Receives $1 Million Gift for Pianos From William and Delores Brehm

Lead donors to the Moore Building renovation and expansion make additional gift to outfit the building with new pianos.  more

SMTD logo for newsSMTD Receives Quick Win/Discovery Grant for Cultural Entrepreneurship Project

University grant will support program to help performing arts students develop entrepreneurial skills in the transformed cultural landscape of the 21st century. more

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Andy Huntington Jones as Prince Topher with the touring company of Cinderella, photo: Carol Rosegg
A Cinderella Story

Musical theatre alumni play a major role in bringing a favorite fairy tale to life more

Hector Flores Komatsu
Creating the 21st Century Artist

SMTD partners with UMS to establish a unique new internship program. more

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

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



image for Renovated E.V. Moore Building Opening CelebrationRenovated E.V. Moore Building Opening Celebration

Friday, September 18 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventScholarship Showcase

Sunday, September 20 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required

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SMTD logo for eventA Grand Night for Singing

Sunday, September 27 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating $18/$12/$8/$5

"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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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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