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  1. SMTD Grads Darren Criss, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Receive Emmy Nominations

    Darren Criss, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul all graduates of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), have received 2018 Emmy Award nominations. Darren Criss (BFA ’09, theatre & drama) was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime…

  2. UMS and SMTD Announce the 2018 Cohort of 21st Century Artist Interns

    The University Musical Society (UMS) and the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), through its EXCEL Lab, are proud to announce the 2018 cohort of 21st Century Artist Interns. These four students, all SMTD undergraduates, will spend the summer working with a professional dance, theater, or music ensemble that UMS will present during the 2018-19 season. When they return…

  3. Performing Well

    SMTD’s new Wellness Initiative is addressing the unique physical and psychological challenges faced by performing arts students. With the exception of intercollegiate athletics, there is no program at the University of Michigan that is more physically taxing than the study of the performing arts. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and actors constantly use their bodies in service to…

  4. Empowering Women Filmmakers

    Over a weekend in January, SMTD alumnae gathered to hone their filmmaking skills. Last fall, two SMTD theatre alumnae met for coffee in Los Angeles, where both live, to discuss the ins and outs of filmmaking. The get together hadn’t been planned for the purpose of developing a workshop for women filmmakers, but that’s what…

  5. U-M Professor’s Play Inspired by Deadly Incident on Mexican Border

    In May of 2001, José Casas remembers watching a news broadcast detailing a tragic incident near Yuma, Ariz., where smugglers abandoned 30 Mexicans who were crossing the desert. Of those 30 people, 14 died of dehydration.