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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. A Cinderella Story

    When you’re a graduate of one of the top musical theatre programs in the country, it’s not uncommon to find yourself cast with another alum in the same Broadway production. But in the case of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, it’s been a veritable School of Music, Theatre & Dance reunion. Nine Department of Musical Theatre…

  3. 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…

  4. Filling a Void Through Music

    Ryan Hourigan, director of the Ball State University (BSU) School of Music, is on a mission that began when he was a music education doctoral student at Michigan. “I was teaching trumpet lessons in Chelsea and met a kid named Jacob,” said Hourigan. “He had traumatic brain injury syndrome but was a great player, though…

  5. Ann Arbor Dance Works Celebrates 30 Years

    Thirty years ago, the Department of Dance received a dynamic surge of vitality and creativity when three new faculty members were recruited by Professor Gay Delanghe: Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, and Peter Sparling. All three artists had been enjoying successful careers in New York City, and were eager to join forces in their new academic…