The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
A group of jazz percussion student will spend spring break in Cuba, for a week of study and performance with Cuban musicians and students, as well as an immersive exploration of Cuban culture and history.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Applicants must have completed the Common Application, been invited for an interview and have paid the interview fee prior to the interview. Interviews are conducted at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. At each interview session, there is an opportunity to learn more about the program and for parents and prospective students to ask questions.
Resumé and photo: Bring a typed resume that includes all creative experience including previous theatre experience and training, letters of recommendation from drama and art teachers, or production supervisors. Bring a photo with a good likeness of yourself.
Portfolio: Since the BFA is a comprehensive design and production degree, your interview portfolio should include examples of all of your visually creative pursuits as well as any stage management work, i.e., drawing, painting, photography, doodles, graphics, crafts, theatrical design in any area - include preparation materials as well as photos of outcome, anything that demonstrates your creative self. If applicable, bring one or two stage management production books that show your organizational strategies, blocking, cueing, communications from rehearsal or performance to others on the team.
Brief personal statement: Bring a short essay describing reasons for choosing a career in theatre and training at Michigan. This may include goals, professional ambitions and ideas about the field itself. It should not be more than two double-spaced typed pages.
Interview: Be prepared for a short conversation with the design and stage management faculty. Be ready to discuss your previous creative work, shows on which you've worked, the kind of performing arts you enjoy and why, and performing arts that you've seen or studied. It is important to be relaxed, honest, direct and yourself.
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