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  1. Aaron Dworkin shares personal message about stepping down as dean

    It is with intensely mixed emotions that I share with you my intent to step down from my position as dean at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective August 15, 2017.  It is necessary for me to have the opportunity to focus more on my family, and this step reflects a joint family…

  2. M-Prize Announces 2017 Semi-Finalists

    M-Prize, the international chamber arts competition with the largest prize pool in the world—$200,000+, including a $100,000 grand prize —has announced the semi-finalists who will compete in live semi-final and final rounds in their bid to win the world’s largest chamber music prize. A complete list of the competitors can be found at mprize.umich.edu. The…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Dean Dworkin’s statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH

    As part of the proposed new federal budget plan, it was announced on March 16, 2017, that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will be completely eliminated if approved by Congress. Funding for both groups amounted to just 0.003 percent of all federal spending in 2016, with…