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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Discovering Inspiration in Poland

    In March 2017, Professor Vince Mountain (scenic design) and I were informed that our Department of Theatre & Drama studio production of War, by Swedish playwright Lars Norén, had been accepted into the juried competition in the biennial ITSelF (International Theatre Schools) Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Ours would be the only American school represented at…

  4. Addressing Civil Unrest Through Theatre

    Dominique Morisseau (BFA ’00) has never shied away from tackling hot-button issues. Her three-play cycle, The Detroit Projects, explores key moments in the history of the Motor City, including the 1967 riots (Detroit ’67); gentrification, circa 1949 (Paradise Blue); and the latest exodus of the automotive industry workforce in the late 2000s (Skeleton Crew). In…

  5. Senior Acting Showcase

    Last spring, for the first time in the history of the Department of Theatre & Drama, graduating seniors were able to showcase their craft in front of agents, producers, and casting directors in three of the country’s entertainment capitals-New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Introducing acting majors to industry professionals (several of them alumni),…