The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
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.
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Associate Professor of Theatre (Scenic & Lighting Design)
Office: 2422 Walgreen
Faculty since 1995
BFA (Theatre ) Wayne State University
MFA (Design) University of California-San Diego
Rob Murphy has almost 200 theatre, dance, and opera design credits for a wide range of professional and academic companies including designs created for the Guthrie Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Play House, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Court Theatre, Missouri Repertory, and New York Theatre Workshop. He served as scenic and lighting designer for Anne Bogart at Trinity Repertory, and as resident lighting designer for the Missouri Repertory Theatre and Peter Sparling Dance Company. Murphy has worked with theatre directors Bartlett Sher, Michael Grief, Oscar Eustis, Robert Woodruff, Tina Landau, Charles Knewell, Molly Smith, and Bill Franzeblau. He has also worked with opera directors Kay Castaldo, Ned Canty, Tim Ocell, and Nicolette Molnár.
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