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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)

Jason DeBord (beginning Fall 2014)

Ron DeJesus

Gerald DePuit (Emeritus)

 

Associated Faculty

Lisa Mayer

Sarah Randazzo

news

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

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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

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Musical Theatre Senior Honored at Lotte Lenya Competition

Robert Ariza (BFA, ’14) received the Lys Symonette Award in the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition. more

SMTD logo for newsCommencement Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2014 senior class commencement awards will be honored and presented with their awards at the commencement ceremonies on May 2. more

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Students Present "Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival"

SMTD students come together to present a collection of short theatrical pieces in a unique, brand new event titled the Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival. 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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