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Department of Theatre & Drama

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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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news

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

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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 SMTD alumnus Damon Gupton to deliver School’s 2015 commencement address
SMTD alumnus Damon Gupton to deliver School’s 2015 commencement address

Damon Gupton, an internationally renowned orchestral conductor who is also an acclaimed theatre, film, and television actor, will be the guest speaker at SMTD's commencement ceremony on May 1.  more

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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

 

events

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
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SMTD logo for eventScholarship Showcase

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

David Smith

Glen Behring

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