Centennial Splendor

The weather was perfect, the leaves were turning, the Wolverines were victorious-a perfect Homecoming weekend to celebrate the Department of Theatre & Drama’s centennial and the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth. Among the many festivities were a sold-out Power Center reunion concert by StarKid, the all-alumni theatre troupe whose videos-beginning with A Very Potter Musical-made them an internet sensation; alumni-hosted career sessions in which theatre, film, and television artists-including Tony-winning Broadway director Jack O’Brien (BA ’61, MA ’62) and the StarKid cast-shared advice with current students; a theatre alumni tailgate before the Oct. 10 football game; and a costume exhibit at the Duderstadt Center Gallery, showcasing the creativity of faculty and student designers.

The weekend was anchored by student performances of Miller’s All My Sons, featuring an all-alumni creative team, including director Wendy C. Goldberg (BA ’95), scenic design by Caleb Levengood (BFA ’03), costume design by Taran Muller Zackrison (BFA ’05), and lighting design by Christian DeAngelis (BFA ’03). The Friday night performance featured pre- and post-performance receptions for alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff.

The following week featured a three-day symposium, Arthur Miller @ Michigan and Beyond, and a Scholar’s Symposium, presenting three-panel discussions by Miller experts from around the globe.