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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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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

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Theatre & Drama Centennial Website Launched

The Department of Theatre & Drama has launched a website in conjunction with its 100th Anniversary, to be celebrated in 2015.  more

Katie Thomas (far left) and her six-woman Chicago-based comedy ensemble, The Katydids, on set of their web series Teachers
The Internet is Their Stage

For theatre professionals, the Internet has provided an ideal alternative stage to showcase their talents and practice their craft.  more

Gulshan Singh and Jacob Hash, both computer science seniors, present their work in Video Game Music (Photo: Peter Smith)
Performing Arts in the Digital Age

Through dynamic multidisciplinary courses, SMTD is helping prepare students for 21st century careers. more

Gillian Eaton (far right) rehearsing some of the Good Kids cast (Photo: Peter Smith)
Changing the Culture Through Theatre

Students harness the power of a play to flip the script of "rape culture" to "respect culture" more

 

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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