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  1. Professor reimagines presidential campaign as musical comedy

    by Sydney Hawkins Long before a reality television star became a presidential nominee, award-winning composer, theater artist and filmmaker Andy Kirshner was thinking about the close relationship between politics and popular entertainment. Fascinated by the similarities between “statecraft” and “stagecraft,” and by the sophisticated science of political image-making, Kirshner, an associate professor in the School…

  2. Workshop for Dream of the Red Chamber

    On September 10, the San Francisco Opera (SFO) presents the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber, a new English-language opera by Bright Sheng, SMTD’s Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor (composition), with a libretto co-authored by Professor Sheng and David Henry Hwang, the award-winning writer of plays, musicals, and films. Last winter, a group of voice and…

  3. Maize & Blue on Broadway

    Last May, alumni and current students of the SMTD Department of Musical Theatre, along with current and past faculty, celebrated retiring department chair Brent Wagner with an extravaganza in New York City. Titled Maize & Blue on Broadway, the two-hour event, at the August Wilson Theatre, featured dozens of alums and students performing a spectrum…

  4. Student Performances Featured at UMMA’s “Nights at the Museum”

    The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) will illuminate its facade with artwork, performance videos, and a family-friendly movie night over a week in early September, with one night (Sept. 6) devoted to prjecting videos of School of Music, Theatre & Dance student performances. “Nights At the Museum,” UMMA’s first-ever exterior media art initiative,…

  5. The Michigan Artist Citizen Program

    A behind-the-scenes look at SMTD’s Michigan Artist Citizen program at Mitchell Elementary.