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  1. U-M Arts Initiative Seeks Project Proposals, Stakeholder Input *Updated Deadline 3/23*

    A new presidential Arts Initiative at the University of Michigan is seeking proposals from faculty, students and staff for pilot projects that will be funded as part of the launch of a two-year startup phase. Announced by President Mark Schlissel in October 2019, the Arts Initiative was established by a working group of leaders from…

  2. Why Awards Matter

    SMTD Alumni Reflect on Their Top Honors The Long View They say it’s an honor just to be nominated, but after four Tony nods over a 14-year span—and a successful and varied career as a stage actress—Celia Keenan-Bolger, BM ’00 (musical theatre) was eager to take home a trophy. “With each nomination, I found that my…

  3. Simply the Best

    When Nkeki Obi-Melekwe (MT ’18) was a young girl growing up in the Bronx, she remembers many of Tina Turner’s songs playing in the background of her Saturday and Sunday mornings. By the time Obi-Melekwe heard those hits coming from her father’s stereo, some of them would be more than 40 years old—which is why…

  4. SMTD Welcomes New Faculty for the 2019-20 Academic Year

    The 2019-20 academic year brings a celebrated group of artists and pedagogues to the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance as the School’s newest faculty members. SMTD is delighted to welcome Amir Eldan (cello), Amy E. Hughes (theatre arts), Geoff Packard (theatre & drama), Kirk Severtson (opera), and Lynne Shankel (musical theatre). Additionally, Professor…

  5. SMTD video wins Michigan Emmy

    Congratulations to Chris Boyes, SMTD’s videographer and broadcast media specialist, and former director of communications Marilou Carlin on winning the Michigan EMMY Chapter – NATAS in the “Arts & Entertainment” category for SMTD’s video on Professor Patricia Hall’s research on a foxtrot titled “The Most Beautiful Time of Life.”