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Department of Musical Theatre


This comprehensive training program has a national reputation among professional agents, casting directors, and producers as being among the best of its kind. A unique situation exists at Michigan, since theatre, dance and music coexist as departments within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Students in musical theatre, as part of their curriculum, study with faculty members in the departments of Theatre and Drama, Voice, Dance, and Musical Theatre. The U-M is one of a select number of schools which promote this degree of collaboration among areas within the performing arts.


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As part of the degree, students have numerous opportunities to learn about career strategies, audition techniques, and a wide range of performance skills. Studying at Michigan also presents opportunities to choose among hundreds of classes outside the performing arts. In fact, Michigan offers a rare dual degree program in which you can work on the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree simultaneously. All of this combines to make Michigan's Department of Musical Theatre a unique place for the aspiring musical theatre professional to begin a career.






21st Century Artist Intern Alice Schmitz, who spent summer 2017 interning for The Knights, a Brooklyn-based orchestra
21st Century Artist Interns: 2017-18

After spending their summers working for top performing arts organizations, four undergraduates help promote their host organization's performances in Ann Arbor.  more

Professor of Voice Louise Toppin
SMTD welcomes new faculty

SMTD is delighted to welcome new faculty in the departments of performing arts technology, strings, musical theatre, and voice. more

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Annette Masson
SMTD mourns the passing of theatre professor Annette Masson

Professor Masson, an expert in voice and diction, was head of the BFA performance program in Theatre & Drama.   more

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Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD

Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16. more

Gavin Creel (right) dances with Bette Midler and Taylor Trensch in "Hello Dolly!" Creel won a 2017 Tony Award for his role as Cornelius Hackl. Courtesy of Julieta Cervantes.
U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Shine at 2017 Tony Awards

This year's 71st annual Tony Awards, which took place on June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, produced many big moments for University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance alumni.  more

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Musical theatre grad Alex Michaels is finding his unique style of success is anything but a drag     more

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Alumni receive Tony nominations

Alumni Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Gavin Creel all received major Tony nominations, while alumnus James Earl Jones will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. more

Jeffrey Seller
Department of Musical Theatre receives major gifts from Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller and philanthropist James Kershner

The Jeffrey Seller Scholarship Fund will support need-based scholarships while Kershner's $1M estate gift will enhance the department's offerings and student experience. more

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
SMTD announces Oscar-winning songwriting team Pasek & Paul as commencement speakers

The musical theatre alums will also perform at the U-M ceremony at Michigan Stadium and will receive a Bicentennial Alumni Award, along with Carol Jantsch (BM '06, tuba) and seven other Michigan alums.  more



image for Scholarship ShowcaseScholarship Showcase

Sunday, September 24 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required

image for Banned Together: A Censorship CabaretBanned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

Wednesday, September 27 - 7:30pm
Off-Campus Location, Comedy Showcase, 212 S. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required

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October 12-15 & October 19-22
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reserved seating $30/$24/$12 with student ID

"I think U-M is turning out the best young musical theatre performers in the business these days. They’re really well-rounded and well-educated actors, not just people who can sing and dance. "
James Lapine, Broadway director and writer (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)

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