Theatre & Drama
The Theatre Department presents four or five fully-mounted mainstage productions each year, with casts comprised of acting majors and, occasionally, faculty actors. These plays are directed and designed by faculty, guest directors and designers.
Recent productions have included: Trafford Tanzi, Our Town, Macbeth, Uncommon Women and Others, Tartuffe, Jonesin', The Show-Off, Pride and Prejudice, Madmen and Specialists, You Never Can Tell, As You Like It, J.B., Two by Fassbinder, Our Lady of 121st Street, You Can't Take It With You, Playing for Time, She Stoops to Conquer, The Cradle Will Rock, Romeo and Juliet, The Laramie Project, and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, The Rover. Others include: I Am A Man and The Resurrection of Lady Lester by OyamO, an internationally-renowned playwright and Associate Professor with the Theatre & Drama Department.
The department also presents a number of studio productions throughout the year, featuring the work of acting and movement classes as well as fully developed plays.
The student-run Basement Arts company presents 25 or 30 studio productions each year. Students produce the plays, which are designed by Design & Production majors. Performances are presented on weekends, generally in Studio One.
Theatre students also crew for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance opera, musical theatre, and dance productions, which are sometimes designed by Design & Production majors.
Theatre students also produce, direct, design and perform in plays produced by various university groups such as the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, MUSKET, the Rude Mechanicals, Ann Arbor Opera Theatre, and others.
A number of our faculty and students work with two local Equity theatres, the Performance Network and the Purple Rose Theater, founded by actor Jeff Daniels. In addition students often work with community and high school theatres in the area.
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival attracts audiences from all over the midwest for its summer season which typically runs mid-July through August. The Festival is located in Jackson, MI which is 35 miles west of Ann Arbor.
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