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  1. Senior Acting Showcase

    Last spring, for the first time in the history of the Department of Theatre & Drama, graduating seniors were able to showcase their craft in front of agents, producers, and casting directors in three of the country’s entertainment capitals-New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Introducing acting majors to industry professionals (several of them alumni),…

  2. The Tricky Task of Adjudicating M-Prize

    Last May, the University of Michigan hosted the first M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the largest competition of its kind thanks to the number of applicants (172) and the unprecedented grand prize of $100,000. Supported by the U-M Office of the Provost and an anonymous donor, an additional $100,000 in prize money is divided amongst the…

  3. Oh, What A Night!

    It was a night like no other in the history of the University of Michigan. Last May, alumni and current students of the Department of Musical Theatre, along with current and past faculty, honored retiring department chair Brent Wagner with an extravaganza in New York City. Titled Maize & Blue on Broadway, the event honored Wagner’s…

  4. Making Music, Working on the Soul

    Whether in local schools, arts organizations, or abroad, young people around the world are being taught by dedicated and creative pedagogues who have studied music education at SMTD. Here, we highlight a small group of music educators who are making a difference in their field. Each received teaching certification when they obtained their undergraduate degrees….

  5. Operation Joy and Hope

    You never know where you’ll find inspiration. For Christina Maxwell (BFA ’16, musical theatre), it happened during a jog through Nichols Arboretum. It was the end of summer, just before the start of her junior year, and Maxwell was ruminating over the sense of something missing in her life. Coming from a family that values…