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.
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
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Charge Scenic Artist University Productions and Lecturer of Theatre
Office: 128 League
Toni Auletti has a joint appointment working for University Productions as the Charge Scenic Artist and as Adjunct Lecturer in Theatre for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Toni organizes, schedules, and runs two painting studios on campus: a large shop in the Power Centre and our studio in the Walgreen Drama Centre. In addition to being responsible for putting paint on the five shows produced each semester, Toni serves as a professional mentor, teaching Scenic Painting, and training people to become better painters, artisans and the like. A day on the job includes working along side students to direct them towards realizing the Scene Designers’ vision.
Toni holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Scene Design from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from Wayne State University. She has 25+ years of technical theatre experience. Her passion for teaching and painting motivate her thorough her daily shop operations.
Outside the University, Toni has recently dived into the movie industry as a set painter. She also has a mural at the Detroit Zoo with plans to paint some permanent exhibits for the Zoo’s Train Tunnel this summer. Over the years she has painted exhibits for the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. She also has served as Charge Artist for several productions at Jeff Daniels’ Theatre, The Purple Rose, in Chelsea, designed many sets for Wild Swan Theatre Company, and worked with Ann Arbor Pioneer Theatre Guild designing and painting sets. She’s been recognized for her murals as well as her children’s book illustrations. Toni lives in rural Dexter with her fabulous husband Mark Gentry and her bird Lil Sug, the cutest parrot ever.
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