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Department of Theatre & Drama


Theatre has a long and distinguished history at the University of Michigan. Our strengths lie in a careful blend of professional and academic work and training. Some of our distinguished alumni include James Earl Jones, Arthur Miller, Christine Lahti, Gilda Radner, and David Paymer.

U-M theatre students benefit from the diversity and sophistication offered by a large first-class institution, while enjoying the intimate atmosphere of the Department of Theatre & Drama. We have a low student-to-faculty ratio and faculty members are friendly and accessible.

Theatre at Michigan presents a stimulating blend of cultural diversity, intellectual rigor, and professional experience for students, professionals, and academics. It is a stimulating place to learn and to grow, where the prevailing atmosphere is one of family.

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SMTD Homecoming Features Alumni Awards, Theatre & Drama Centennial and NY Philharmonic Residency

The 2015 Homecoming celebrations feature a weekend packed with exciting events for SMTD alumni and friends.  more

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Department of Theatre & Drama Celebrates Centennial and Arthur Miller Centenary

The Department of Theatre & Drama celebrates its centennial and Miller's centenary, as well as the landmark of 125 years of offering acting classes for college credit. more

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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

Margaret Smith (BFA '02, performance) in Theatre & Drama Department's The Tempest, 1999. Photo: Peter Smith
100 Years of Theatre & Drama

The Department of Theatre & Drama celebrates its 100 year anniversary, 125 years of acting classes, and the centenary of the birth of Arthur Miller. more

Wendy Goldberg in consultation with playwright David Auburn at the National Playwrights Conference.
Behind the Curtain

Theatre alumni make their mark in offstage roles more

Hector Flores Komatsu
Creating the 21st Century Artist

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

SMTD logo for newsSMTD 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 Conjuring the Caribbean: How Sweet It IsConjuring the Caribbean: How Sweet It Is

Monday, December 7 - 4:00pm
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Room 100
Free - no tickets required

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December 10 - 13
Power Center for the Perfoming Arts
Reserved seating $28/$22/$12 with student ID

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Celebrating 100 years of theatre degree programs, 125 years of acting classes for college credit, and the centenary of Arthur Miller's birth
"As a young actor looking for an intensive creative environment and also a place that teaches you to be a great human being, I can't think of a better place than the University of Michigan's Department of Theatre & Drama. It's a place where you are encouraged to learn, a place where you are encouraged to fall flat on your face and then get back up to do it again, and a place where you get to go everyday surrounded by other artists that inspire you. Oh yeah, and you happen to be doing all of this in the greatest city there is: Ann Arbor."
James Wolk, Class of 2007

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