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  1. 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. According to U-M’s official history, the institution was founded as one “that stresses both the life of the mind and the life of practical achievement; that is both broadly accessible and devoted to educating the leaders of the future.” While…

  2. Musical Theatre alumni Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Golden Globe for their lyrics for “La La Land”

    Congratulations to musical theatre alums Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on their Golden Globes win for “Best Original Song” for “City of Stars” from La La Land. They wrote the lyrics for “City of Stars,” with music by Justin Hurwitz. This is the pair’s first Golden Globe nomination and win.

  3. New gift establishes Robertson Emeritus Professorship in Musical Theatre

    Sandy (BBA ’53, MBA ’54, HLLD ’15) and Jeanne Robertson of San Francisco, California, have made a gift in the amount of $1.59 million to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) to create and support the Robertson Emeritus Professorship in Musical Theatre. The Robertsons made the gift in honor of…

  4. 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. SMTD is delighted to welcome Matthew Albert (chamber music), Matthew Bengston (piano literature, fortepiano), Vincent Cardinal (musical theatre), José Casas (playwriting), Caroline Coade (viola), Charles Garrett (musicology), Tzveta…

  5. Maize & Blue on Broadway

    Last May, alumni and current students of the SMTD Department of Musical Theatre, along with current and past faculty, celebrated retiring department chair Brent Wagner with an extravaganza in New York City. Titled Maize & Blue on Broadway, the two-hour event, at the August Wilson Theatre, featured dozens of alums and students performing a spectrum…