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Theatre & Drama Academy

All updated information and applications for 2017 MPulse Institutes will be posted in mid-November.


Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Janet Maylie (Acting, Acting for the Camera)

U-M Professor Annette Masson (Voice and Spech)

U-M Professor Leigh Woods (Play Analysis)

U-M Professor Malcolm Tulip (Movement)

Terri Park (Stage Combat)

July 3 - 16, 2016

Application status: Session full for 2016. Applications for 2017 will be available in Nov.


The Theatre & Drama Academy provides a hands-on opportunity to work with some of America's best professional theatre artists/teachers at the new and state-of-the-art Walgreen Drama Center on the Ann Arbor campus. Students interested in performance receive a well-rounded, intensive experience that will give them preparation for a college career in the theatre. A University of Michigan credit represents the highest standards in the field, to those interested in theatre, television, or film. The Academy culminates in a performance in the Walgreen Drama Center's Arthur Miller Theatre. Class offerings include:

  • Acting (includes scene study and monologue audition workshop)
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Voice and Speech
  • Movement, Stage Combat
  • Play Analysis


The Academy is open to students in grades 10-11 during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Application Procedure

The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Audition Upload



Performance Video (Upload)

Upload a memorized monologue, no longer than 2 minutes, from any play. Your face and body must be visible for the duration of the monologue. Announce your name and monologue before you begin.

Resume (Upload)

Upload a resume that outlines your experience in theatre and any relevant work experience.

Photograph (Upload)

Upload a color or black and white headshot.

Recommendation (Upload)

To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.


Admission Notification

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 12, 2016. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 11, 2016.   

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.

As a courtesy to the University of Michigan Theatre & Drama Academy faculty and the other applicants, please notify the MPulse office and withdraw your application if you commit to another summer program anytime during our review/decision notification process.

Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships

Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.



The General Information page includes many important items.



"Attending the University of Michigan’s MPulse Theatre and Drama Academy altered my perspective on theatre and performance for the better. My artistic capabilities were challenged, artificial habits were siphoned away, and I made friends I cherish and will keep with me. It is simply an experience like no other."


Wyatt, TDA 2015, CA

MPulse TDA group photo 2015 MPulse TDA two actors 2015 Theatre and Drama Performers in Shadow Theatre and Drama Acting for the Camera Stage Combat class

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower