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Department of Theatre & Drama


Theatre has a long and distinguished history at the University of Michigan. Our strengths lie in a careful blend of professional and academic work and training. Some of our distinguished alumni include James Earl Jones, Arthur Miller, Christine Lahti, Gilda Radner, and David Paymer.

U-M theatre students benefit from the diversity and sophistication offered by a large first-class institution, while enjoying the intimate atmosphere of the Department of Theatre & Drama. We have a low student-to-faculty ratio and faculty members are friendly and accessible.

Theatre at Michigan presents a stimulating blend of cultural diversity, intellectual rigor, and professional experience for students, professionals, and academics. It is a stimulating place to learn and to grow, where the prevailing atmosphere is one of family.

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SMTD presents a play that opens dialogue on criminal injustice

Based on the 2006 "Jena 6" incident, alumna Dominique Morisseau's "Blood at the Root" offers rare opportunity for shared examination of racism, homophobia, and criminal injustice in America.  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

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Annette Masson
SMTD mourns the passing of theatre professor Annette Masson

Professor Masson, an expert in voice and diction, was head of the BFA performance program in Theatre & Drama.   more

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Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD

Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16. more

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Addressing Civil Unrest Through Theatre

Alumna Dominique Morisseau-playwright, activist, actress-returns to SMTD with a play inspired by the "Jena Six"      more



image for Blood at the RootBlood at the Root

November 16 - 19
Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre
General admission $30/ $12 with student ID

SMTD logo for eventThe Merry Wives of Windsor

December 7 - 10
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Reserved seating $30/$24/$12 with student ID

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SMTD logo for eventPrison Creative Arts Project Auction

Friday, December 8 - 6:30pm
Michigan League, Hussey Room
Free - no tickets required

image for The Annual Clown ShowThe Annual Clown Show

Thursday, December 14 - 7:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Celebrating 100 years of theatre degree programs, 125 years of acting classes for college credit, and the centenary of Arthur Miller's birth
"As a young actor looking for an intensive creative environment and also a place that teaches you to be a great human being, I can't think of a better place than the University of Michigan's Department of Theatre & Drama. It's a place where you are encouraged to learn, a place where you are encouraged to fall flat on your face and then get back up to do it again, and a place where you get to go everyday surrounded by other artists that inspire you. Oh yeah, and you happen to be doing all of this in the greatest city there is: Ann Arbor."
James Wolk, Class of 2007

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