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Department of Musical Theatre


This comprehensive training program has a national reputation among professional agents, casting directors, and producers as being among the best of its kind. A unique situation exists at Michigan, since theatre, dance and music coexist as departments within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Students in musical theatre, as part of their curriculum, study with faculty members in the departments of Theatre and Drama, Voice, Dance, and Musical Theatre. The U-M is one of a select number of schools which promote this degree of collaboration among areas within the performing arts.


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As part of the degree, students have numerous opportunities to learn about career strategies, audition techniques, and a wide range of performance skills. Studying at Michigan also presents opportunities to choose among hundreds of classes outside the performing arts. In fact, Michigan offers a rare dual degree program in which you can work on the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree simultaneously. All of this combines to make Michigan's Department of Musical Theatre a unique place for the aspiring musical theatre professional to begin a career.





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SMTD Alumni Win GRAMMY Awards

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win "Musical Theatre Album" for "Dear Evan Hansen;" PRISM Quartet wins "Choral Performance" with The Crossing for "Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century." more

Photo by Kirk Donaldson; Professors Ellen Rowe, Catherine Adams, Cynthia Kortman-Westphal (front), Kathleen Kelly, Courtney Snyder, Julie Skadsem (front), and Andrea Brown
Leveling the Conducting Field

SMTD's female conducting faculty address the issue of gender inequality at the podium.     more

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Photo: Lenny Stucker Danny Binstock (r) as Father
A New Musical with a Michigan Pedigree

U-M alumni were key players in premiering A Man in the Ceiling, based on a Jules Feiffer book.     more

Nicholas Phan (Photo by Balance Photography)
SMTD Alumni Receive 2018 Grammy Nominations

Alumni Ian Eisendrath, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Nicholas Phan and the members of the PRISM Quartet, which includes Prof. Timothy McAllister, are all nominees.  more

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Two musical theatre students perform with New York Philharmonic

Jamie Colburn and Jessica Gomes-Ng will perform the roles of Tony and Maria, respectively, in selections from West Side Story as part of one of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 18 more

A scene from the 2014 Department of Musical Theatre production of "Cabaret"
Faculty present "Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret"

Presentd in conjunction with the Dramatists Guild Legal Defense Fund during Banned Book Week, the show features songs and scenes that have been censored or challenged on America's stages. more



SMTD logo for eventMe and My Girl

April 12 - 15
Power Center for the Performing Arts,
Reserved seating $34/$28/$12 with student ID

SMTD logo for eventWorld Voice Day Celebration!

Monday, April 16 - 7:00pm
Michigan League, Hussey Room
Free - no tickets required

"I think U-M is turning out the best young musical theatre performers in the business these days. They’re really well-rounded and well-educated actors, not just people who can sing and dance. "
James Lapine, Broadway director and writer (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)

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