The Department of Theatre & Drama at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2015. It recently launched a website providing details on its history, photos from the past century, video, information on planned centennial festivities, and more.
The department's centennial recognizes 100 years of theatre degree programs and 125 years of acting classes for college credit, as well as the centenary of the birth of Arthur Miller, a U-M alum and one of America's most distinguished playwrights.
The festivities kick off in April with a two-day free event (April 17-18) titled Sun & Shadows: A Guatemalan Tale Projected on North Campus. Featuring a spectacular display of visual storytelling that celebrates the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, this unique performance presents giant shadow puppets projected on the outside glass walls of the Walgreen Drama Center set to an original score.
The fall semester of 2015 presents a full spectrum of centennial events, with a large number taking place over Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 8-11, 2015) in order to welcome back many celebrated theatre & drama alumni. Included in the fall line-up of events are a costume exhibit; a red-carpet reception and student performances of Miller's All My Sons; a three-day symposium on Arthur Miller; a special performance by Starkid (founded at U-M in 2009); and an alumni tailgate prior to the Michigan vs. Northwestern football game.
Complete information on all centennial events, as well as hotel information for Homecoming, can be found on the newly launched website. The site also includes a sign-up to receive updates on centennial events.
Michigan's theatre program has a rich history and has produced graduates that have illustrious careers in all areas of theatre, film, and television. The department offers undergraduate degrees in performance, directing, design & production, interarts performance, and theatre arts. Minors are offered in global theatre and ethnic studies, performing arts management, and design & production.