The Intersection of Technology and the Performing Arts

View from the Pond

125th Anniversary of the U-M Bands | James Kibbie Organ Concert | Thomas Hampson-SMTD Collaboration | Percussion Ensemble Q&A with Doug Perkins

Expanding Horizons: A Look Inside Performing Arts Technology

While every SMTD department explores the ways technology can enhance scholarship and the performing arts, one department sits squarely at the intersection of technology and performance.

Digital Transformation

SMTD Embraces Advanced Multimedia Technologies, Benefiting Students, Faculty, and Audiences

Opening New Doors

Timothy Cheek’s Award-Winning Virtual Exchanges Segue into On-Site International Events

Striking a Balance

A Mix of High and Low Tech in Costume and Scenic Design

A Surge in Screendance

A Popular SMTD Course Gets a Giant Boost in the New Dance Building

Online Auditions

A Pandemic Necessity Becomes a Permanent Option

Dean’s Reflection

Dean Gier explores the relationship between tradition and innovation at SMTD.

Giving Update

SMTD acknowledges and gives thanks for recent major gifts and pledges in the areas of student support, program support, capital needs, and planned gifts.

In Memoriam

Rebecca Horvath (1934-2022)

Larry Rachleff (1955-2022)

SMTD Graduates of 1940s-1990s

About Michigan Muse

The University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance Administrative Officers 

David Gier, Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music
Christi-Anne Castro, Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Mark Clague, Associate Dean for Partnerships
Jason Corey, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Kate Fitzpatrick, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Laura Hoffman, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management
Dr. Amber Benton, Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Ericka Bigelow, Chief Advancement Officer
Eli Salembier, Director of Finance & Operations
DeeDee Ulintz, Director of Academic & Student Affairs

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About the front cover image

A DJ uses a mixer during a performance on a recent rainy move-in day at U-M Flint.

About the back cover image

Ava Moye (BTA ’25), assistant stage manager for the fall 2022 production of The Heart of Robin Hood, stands backstage during a rehearsal. Photo credit: Marc-Gregor Campredon.