Theatre & Drama Academy

2019 Theater and Drama Academy studentsThe Theatre & Drama Academy provides a hands-on opportunity to work with some of America’s best professional theatre artists/teachers at the new, and state-of-the-art, Walgreen Drama Center on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. Students interested in performance receive a well-rounded, intensive experience that will give them preparation for a college career in the theatre. The Academy culminates in a performance in the Walgreen Drama Center’s Arthur Miller Theatre.

U-M Faculty Director: Associate Professor Janet Maylie

2019 Theatre and drama academy students in performance




Session Dates: June 28 – July 11, 2020
Tuition: $3,150

Application Open: November 15, 2019
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Priority Admissions Notification: February 28, 2020



Components of the Theatre & Drama Academy

  • Acting (includes scene study and monologue audition workshop)
  • Acting for the camera
  • Voice and speech
  • Movement
  • Stage combat

The application consists of three parts.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are received.

Application Checklist for Theatre & Drama Academy

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Pay the non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00
  3. Upload your Audition Materials via Acceptd, the MPulse Online Audition Portal (details for each entry outlined in Audition Portal)
    1. Audition Monologue Video
    2. Resume
    3. Headshot
    4. Recommendation Letter

MPulse Audition Portal
The following should be submitted:

  1. Audition Monologue Video
  2. Resume
  3. Headshot
  4. Recommendation Letter

1 – Monologue Video
Upload a video of student performing a memorized monologue.

  • Monologue should be no longer than 2 minutes
  • Monologue can be from any play.
  • Your face and body must be visible for the duration of the monologue.
  • Announce your name and monologue before you begin.

2 – Resume
Upload a resume that outlines your experiences in theatre and any relevant work experience.

3 – Headshot
Upload one color headshot

  • Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
  • Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
  • Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.

4 – Recommendation Letter
Please ask at least one of your current teachers (performing arts teacher preferred) to assess your work in a confidential letter of recommendation. In addition to your theatrical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your theatrical skills.

To invite a recommender to upload your letter of recommendation, submit your recommender’s email when prompted in the online application process. Once you finalize your submission (clicking ‘Final Submit’), the recommender will receive a notification and link to submit your confidential recommendation.

E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Priority Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2020.

Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on February 28, 2020.

For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the priority deadline of February 1, 2020. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline for programs and/or instruments in which openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the priority deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. Space is limited.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Watson Scholarship

Application open to Michigan residents.

In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

To start an application, click here.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660