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  1. 100 Years of Theatre & Drama

    In the fall of 1915, the first for-credit course in play production was offered to students at the University of Michigan, making U-M the first university in the country to offer theatre production classes for credit.[1] The class culminated with a single performance of The Servant in the House, by Charles Rann Kennedy. With this…

  2. Creating the 21st Century Artist

    Hector Flores Komatsu hadn’t planned on spending last summer in Paris. The theatre directing major was wrapping up his sophomore year at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in April when he received a call telling him that he had been selected for a paid internship with Théâtre de la Ville, a celebrated French…

  3. Changing the Culture Through Theatre

    Students harness the power of a play to flip the script of “rape culture” to “respect culture.” Last spring, students in the Department of Theatre & Drama learned that their 2014-15 performance season would open with a brand-new play titled Good Kids. Written by acclaimed playwright Naomi Iizuka, it would be the first commissioned work…

  4. A Delicate Balance

    Conductor and actor Damon Gupton thrives on a unique dual career. In the pantheon of performing artist hyphenates, “actor-conductor” is undoubtedly a club with few members. But that hasn’t stopped Damon Gupton from making it work. Gupton (BM ’94, trombone and music education) has been a guest conductor with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Cleveland…

  5. Performing Arts in the Digital Age

    Through dynamic multidisciplinary courses, SMTD is helping prepare students for 21st century careers For hundreds of years, music, theatre, and dance was experienced only by attending a live performance. But the 20th and 21st centuries permanently changed that paradigm, beginning with audio recordings and soon followed by film, television, and the Internet. Today, digital media…