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  1. 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…

  2. SMTD Alumna and Renowned Opera Star Jessye Norman dies at 74

    Jessye Norman, MM ’68 (voice), Sc.D.Hon ’87, died on September 30, 2019, in New York at the age of 74. Norman was one of the world’s most celebrated performing artists, acclaimed for her performances in a wide range of leading roles with the world’s premier opera companies, in solo recitals, and in concerts of her…

  3. UMS Announces the 2019-20 Cohort of 21St Century Artist Interns

    The University Musical Society (UMS) and the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) EXCEL Lab are proud to announce the 2019-20 cohort of 21st Century Artist Interns. These five students, all SMTD undergraduates, will spend the summer working with a professional dance, theater, or music ensemble that UMS will present during the 2019-20…

  4. SMTD voice student’s short film invited to Cannes Film Festival

      A debut film by SMTD voice student Hayley Tibbenham was invited to be part of the upcoming 2019 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Last spring in a creative writing course at the U-M, Tibbenham began writing a scene that would become the beginnings of a short film. After creating one scene for class,…

  5. 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.