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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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"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

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Delivering The Goods

Matt Letscher earns his reputation as a go-to actor more

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Alums Nominated for Top Theatre Awards

The annual theatre award season has begun and a number of alumni have received important nominations. more

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Theatre Student Named a U-M "Student of the Year"

Mary Naoum, a senior theatre & drama major, is one of just 12 of the University's 43,710 students to be named a University of Michigan "Student of the Year". more

SMTD logo for newsCommencement Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2014 senior class commencement awards will be honored and presented with their awards at the commencement ceremonies on May 2. more

SMTD logo for newsStudents Present "Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival"

SMTD students come together to present a collection of short theatrical pieces in a unique, brand new event titled the Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival. more



image for Sally Fleming Masterclass: Damon GuptonSally Fleming Masterclass: Damon Gupton

Tuesday, September 23 - 7:30pm
Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

image for Costumes by DesignCostumes by Design

Sept. 30 – Oct. 17, 2014
Duderstadt Center, Duderstadt Gallery
Free - no tickets required

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image for “Expect Respect: Flip the Script” Lecture: Dr. Christopher Kilmartin“Expect Respect: Flip the Script” Lecture: Dr. Christopher Kilmartin

Oct. 1-2
Rackham, Amphitheatre
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventGood Kids

Oct. 2-12, 2014
Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre
General admission $28/ $10 with student ID

"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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