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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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image for Regent Andrea Fischer Newman and Frank Newman make $1 million gift in support of Theatre & Drama
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman and Frank Newman make $1 million gift in support of Theatre & Drama

The tripartite gift provides holistic support by funding scholarships, a facility upgrade, and the all-important "senior theatre showcase." more

Alumnae Pamela Guest (seated, left) and Shayna Markowitz (seated, right) with class of 2016 acting majors
Senior Acting Showcase

Alumni, parents, and faculty collaborate to provide graduating actors with that important first opportunity: a showcase audition.     more

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Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service.  more

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SMTD Welcomes New Faculty for the 2016-17 Academic Year

The 2016-17 academic year brings a celebrated group of artists and pedagogues to the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance as the School's newest faculty members.   more

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Professor reimagines presidential campaign as musical comedy

A movie musical written, directed, and produced in Ann Arbor by Prof. Andy Kirshner premieres at Michigan Theater on Sept. 22. more

 

events

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Tuesday, January 17 - 1:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Towsley Studio
Free - no tickets required
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Friday, January 27 - 4:30pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Gallery
Free - no tickets required
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image for Department of Theatre & Drama Studio Show: YBOR CityDepartment of Theatre & Drama Studio Show: YBOR City

January 27 - 29
Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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January 30 - February 10
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Gallery
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSMTD Presidential Bicentennial Colloquia (SOLD OUT/WAITLIST AVAILABLE)

Monday, January 30 - 5:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - registration required
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SMTD logo for eventThe Winter’s Tale

February 16 - 19
Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre
General admission $18/$12 with student ID
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SMTD logo for eventMr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

February 16 - 19
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reserved seating $28/$22/$12 with student ID
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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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