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.
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.
Professor of Theatre and Head of Theatre Studies (BTA)
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Leigh Woods has performed over 100 roles, including those in the American premieres of plays by George W. D. Trow, Heiner Müller, Mikhail Shatrov, and Wendy Wasserstein, and in both professional and academic theatres. As a scholar, he specializes in performance and the history of acting and he is author of Garrick Claims the Stage, On Playing Shakespeare, and Public Selves, Political Stages, consisting of interviews with Icelandic women in theatre and politics. His most recent book, Transatlantic Stage Stars in Vaudeville and Variety, looks at the fusion between stardom and the emerging institution of celebrity as it occurred a century ago.
Professor Woods is also a co-editor of Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft, and his articles have appeared in Theatre Survey, Scandinavian Review, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Yearbook, Essays in Theatre, Theatre Research International, New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre Journal, The Arthur Miller Journal, and Contemporary Theatre Review, among others. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, Mr. Woods taught at Indiana University and the University of California at Berkeley.
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