Engagement & Outreach

Engagement & Outreach at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) connects the School and its resources to the community. Faculty, students, staff, and community members engage with each other through high-quality performing arts programming in three primary areas: Youth Programs, Adult Programs and Community Outreach Programs. All derive their standard of excellence from faculty leadership, student and alumni involvement, and local and national collaborations.

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has a strong commitment to educating the artists, academics, and scholars of tomorrow, and providing opportunities for arts educators through Youth & Adult Programs (YAP). All Youth & Adult Programs are led by esteemed University faculty, and employ U-M students and alumni while serving the greater Michigan and international communities. YAP provides on-campus year round learning opportunities for pre-college-age students, as well as continuing education classes for artists 18 and older. Most Youth & Adult Programs take place at SMTD’s exceptional facilities on Michigan’s North Campus

Engagement & Outreach directly connects with our communities through Community Outreach Programs – SMTD partnerships developed with public schools and community organizations. With faculty oversight, Community Outreach Programs offer both on- and off-campus workshops and performances led by SMTD students.


Youth Programs

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has a strong commitment to creating the artists of tomorrow, which starts well before college. To this end, we offer a number of programs created especially for pre-college-age students, from elementary to high school.

Information for parents and guardians of children on U-M Campuses

School Year

Summer Programs

SMTD’s Office of Engagement & Outreach provides a series of programs for adults age 18 and older. Our continuing education options take place throughout the year. Our summer workshops last between 3 and 7 days, sometimes require an audition for admittance, and are specifically designed for those working towards promoting their skills in a focused career area. All of these programs may be taken for professional development enrichment without college credit, or for graduate credit (NCFD).


Adult Programs

Our programs for adults age 18 and older include year-round continuing education opportunities and summer workshops for career development.

Lifelong Learning

Summer Intensives


Community Programs

SMTD strives to make the transformative power of the performing arts accessible to populations and communities throughout Michigan while preparing SMTD students to become highly engaged artist-citizens. To support these goals, SMTD Engagement & Outreach Office of Community Programs develops and maintains mutually beneficial partnerships between SMTD and community organizations in the Ann Arbor area and beyond.

To leverage and focus our institutional energy and strengths, intentional energy is applied in two major areas: Programs and Partnerships

Active partner engagement has resulted in the organic, steady growth of four program initiatives in the Community Programs area. All of these partner-focused initiatives: have SMTD faculty involvement; provide opportunities for SMTD student participation; and, are offered free for community participants.

Partnerships connect with educational and community organizations to:

  • Share the positive benefits of the performing arts with underserved audiences
  • Bring engaging performing arts presentations to non-traditional venues
  • Inform young people about performing arts career opportunities
  • Illuminate a pathway to performing arts higher education for young artists

Learn more about how SMTD Community Partnerships cultivate and steward equitable partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan.

Ways to Connect



Sarah J. Rau, Director of Engagement & Outreach
Robin Myrick, Community Engagement Programs Manager
Garrett Lefkowitz, Youth & Adult Programs Manager
Brittany Nicol, Engagement & Outreach Registrar and Coordinator
Erin Feiner, Engagement & Outreach Administrative Associate


Engagement & Outreach
Frederick Stearns Building
2005 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075