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  1. SMTD Welcomes Alumnus Paul Harkins as Development & External Relations Chief

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) has named alumnus Paul Harkins (BM ’86, MM ’95, percussion performance) as its chief development & external relations officer, overseeing all fundraising and communications efforts for the school, effective January 16, 2017. He succeeds Maureen Schafer who has joined the U-M Office of University Development (OUD) as senior…

  2. Regent Andrea Fischer Newman and Frank Newman make $1 million gift in support of Theatre & Drama

    Regent Andrea Fischer Newman and her husband Frank Newman have made a gift of $1 million to support three critical areas within the Department of Theatre & Drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). The tripartite gift provides holistic support by funding scholarships, a facility upgrade, and the all-important…

  3. SMTD presents concert pianist & celebrated speaker Jade Simmons in MLK Symposium events

    As part of the University of Michigan’s annual Revered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance will host Jade Simmons, a classical pianist who has taken her career outside the borders of classical music and has become a renowned “emergence expert” and inspirational speaker. The event, on Sunday, January 15 at…

  4. 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),…

  5. The Tricky Task of Adjudicating M-Prize

    Last May, the University of Michigan hosted the first M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the largest competition of its kind thanks to the number of applicants (172) and the unprecedented grand prize of $100,000. Supported by the U-M Office of the Provost and an anonymous donor, an additional $100,000 in prize money is divided amongst the…