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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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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

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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

Bob James
U-M Homecoming Features Star-Studded Free Events

Homecoming weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) to feature free concerts and events with celebrated SMTD alums. more

"Good Kids" cast (photo by Erica Gavan)
Theatre & Drama Dept. play is centerpiece of campuswide campaign to prevent sexual assault

Big Ten Theatre Consortium commission, "Good Kids", launches Expect Respect:Flip the Script campaign at U-M. more



SMTD logo for eventLove Songs Playaround Shakespeare

March 26 - 27
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventGuest Lecture: Emily Harris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Friday, March 27 - 5:00pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Gallery
Free - no tickets required

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SMTD logo for eventPCAP Associates Panel

Saturday, March 28 - 10:00am
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Gallery
Free - no tickets required

image for Wall-to-Wall Theatre FestivalWall-to-Wall Theatre Festival

March 28 - 29
Walgreen Drama Center
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventIphigenia at Aulis

April 2 - 12
Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre
General admission $28/ $10 with student ID

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

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