The School of Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL Lab provides entrepreneurship training and career services for all U-M students engaged in the performing arts. Our goal is to enable all our students to forge a viable career in the performing arts by exploring, developing and leveraging their talents, training, skills, and ambitions.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership (EXCEL) catalyzes success for U-M SMTD students and alumni through co-curricular workshops, ongoing mentoring, and $100,000 in student project and venture funding.

EXCEL provided us with resources like marketing assistance, mentorship on event operations and development campaigns, and a generous grant that helped bring the 2018 Threads All Arts Festival to life; we more than doubled the amount of artists, audience members, and community partners involved this year.

Mari Bobber (BFA '15 dance) and Nicole Patrick (BM '16 percussion) Co-Directors, Threads All Arts Festival




Whether you are looking for mentorship, funding, access to dozens of special guests, or other resources, explore all that the EXCEL Lab has to offer.


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Ways to Connect


734.615.8585 (EXCEL Lab)
734.763.5461 (Events Line)
734.764.2538 (SMTD/UMS Ticket Office)


Jonathan Kuuskoski (Chair, Director of the EXCEL Lab)
Caitlin Taylor (Career Services Coordinator)
Melissa Coppola (Program Assistant)


Department of Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab (Room 1279)
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075