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  1. U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Shine at 2017 Tony Awards

    By Sydney Hawkins, U-M Manager of Communications for Arts & Culture This year’s 71st annual Tony Awards, which took place on June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, produced many big moments for University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) alumni. Gavin Creel (BFA ’98, musical theatre), who…

  2. Alex/Alexis

    Eight turned out to be the magic number for Alex Michaels. He had auditioned for Logo TV’s Emmy Award-winning reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race seven times before as his drag persona, Alexis Michelle. But he hit the jackpot on his eighth try. “I’ve been doing drag a long time [14 years], but only full-time…

  3. Alumni receive Tony nominations

    The 2017 Tony Award nominations were announced on May 2, and SMTD was well represented. Dear Evan Hansen, with music and lyrics by musical theatre alumni Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (both class of 2006) garnered nine nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The other nominations are for Best Director of a Musical (Michael Greif); Best…

  4. Department of Musical Theatre receives major gifts from Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller and philanthropist James Kershner

    University of Michigan alum and Tony-award winning producer Jeffrey Seller (BA ’86, LSA), and James Kershner, a Chicago-based arts philanthropist and real estate businessman, have each made major gifts in support of the Department of Musical Theatre at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Seller has established the Jeffrey Seller Scholarship Fund to support…

  5. SMTD announces Oscar-winning songwriting team Pasek & Paul as commencement speakers

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) will welcome Golden Globe and Academy Award-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul as the commencement speakers for the school’s 2017 graduation ceremony on Friday, April 28 at Hill Auditorium. The duo will also perform at and be among 10 recent alumni to receive a…