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  1. Actress and activist Christine Lahti (BA ’72, theatre) delivers the 2019 SMTD commencement address

    View a video of her speech here. Content warning: this speech contains adult language.

  2. Actress and alumna Christine Lahti will be SMTD’s commencement speaker

    Christine Lahti (BA ’72, theatre), a renowned actress of stage and screen, will be our featured speaker for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Hill Auditorium. The doors at Hill open at 3:15 pm and the ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 pm. No tickets are necessary.  A livestream will…

  3. SMTD jazz student shares the stage with Béla Fleck

      First-year student Matthew Davis, a BFA candidate in jazz studies with an emphasis in banjo performance, had the rare opportunity to perform with one of his heroes this winter. Béla Fleck, perhaps the greatest living banjo player and certainly the most famous, came to Ann Arbor to play a concert with his wife and…

  4. U-M professor’s new jazz album pays tribute to women heroes in sports, social justice, politics

      When Ellen Rowe was a young girl growing up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, there weren’t many women making jazz music. Through her success as a world-renowned jazz pianist, composer and pedagogue, she’s spent the better part of the last 35 years trying to change that. Her latest effort comes in the form of a new…

  5. SMTD presents symposium and performance event focused on sexual misconduct in the performing arts

    The U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) will present an event titled “Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Awareness and Prevention in the Performing Arts” on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. The free event is open to the entire U-M community and the public; registration is recommended through Eventbrite. It takes place in Hankinson Rehearsal…