University Theatre presents a season of six major productions (click here for season information) during each academic year. These productions are faculty-directed and choreographed, and include five theatre productions and a dance concert. The season usually contains a musical produced jointly with the CMU School of Music, a production appropriate for Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) matinee performances (students from around the area invited to campus), and other productions selected to ensure variety in both performance and technical opportunities.
In addition to the regular season, faculty and students have the opportunity to mount small-scale productions as part of the Studio Theatre program. These productions receive limited financial support from University Theatre and are designed to be showcases for director-actor interaction.
to 15 students are hired to form a production company working with faculty and staff directors and designers to present the plays both on-campus and on tour at two additional Michigan venues. The actor-technicians in the company receive extensive experience in performance and technical production; in addition, up to 6 hours of TAI credit--paid for by CMU--are available to student company members.
Dance productions in the University Theatre season are presented by the University Theatre Dance Company, a student company modeled on professional dance companies. The company also produces an annual student choreography showcase, from which two to three works are selected for inclusion in the annual, main stage dance concert.
Guest artists are occasionally brought into the production process in order to bring new insights and exposure to the learning experience. They include individuals from any number of specialized areas, including costumers, playwrights, choreographers and more.
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For more information about University Theatre please contact:
Director of University Theatre
Phone: (989) 774-3961 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.