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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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Centennial Splendor

A look back at the Homecoming weekend to celebrate the Department of Theatre & Drama's centennial and the centenary of Arthur Miller's birth. more

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SMTD’s Collage Concert XXXIX

The most anticipated SMTD event of every year, the Collage Concert is a non-stop evening of virtuosity, featuring students from every performance discipline in a riveting display of talent, made even more exciting by unique ensembles, exhilarating repertoire, and unexpected juxtapositions of acts. more

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...a shadow puppet projection of a Guatemalan folk-tale based on The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun more

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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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February 18 - 21
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reserved seating $28/$22/$12 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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