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Upcoming Events, Performances and Activities

Classes BeginJanuary 8
KCACTF Regional FestivalJanuary 9-14, Indianapolis, IN
Auditions: The Country WifeJanuary 16 & 17 from 7-10 pm in Townsend Kiva. Details available at 
Communication Association MeetingJanuary 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Hall 214
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Studio Theatre (Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn)January 25-27 at 7:30 pm in Townsend Kiva
​CMU Debate: Webster University TournamentJanuary 25-28, Webster Groves, MO
Fool for Love: University Theatre productionFebruary 1-3 & 8-10 at 7:30 pm, and February 4 & 11 at 2:00 pm, Theatre-on-the-Side, Tickets & Details
CMU Debate: Ithaca College TournamentFebruary 2-4, Ithaca, NY
Music Theatre Prospective Student AuditionsFebruary 3, Music Building, Application
Communication Association MeetingFebruary 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Hall 214
Auditions: CMU Summer Theatre 2018February 16 starting at 2:00 pm (Visit link for details)
Trap Door Improv: Studio TheatreFebruary 16 at 8:00 & 10:00 pm in Theatre-on-the-Side
Theatre Special Talent Scholarship Auditions/InterviewsFebruary 17, Bush Theatre, Application
Extreme Play Blitz - APO Fraternity productionFebruary 17 at (TBA), Theatre-on-the-Side
Communication Association Meeting with ALUM to discuss Internships and Major selection February 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Strosacker Room in  the Park Library
MUG Communication ConferenceFebruary 23, Moore Hall
CMU Debate: Hillsdale College TournamentFebruary 23-25, Hillsdale, MI
CCFA Discovery DayFebruary 26
Spring Recess BeginsMarch 3
Communication Association MeetingMarch 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Hall 214
CMU Debate: John Carroll TournamentMarch 9-11, University Heights, OH
Classes resumeMarch 12
DANCE RESIDENCY: Guest Artist, Omri Drumlevich, Batsheva Dance Company, teaching the Gaga movement languageMarch 12 - 16
Communication Association MeetingMarch 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Hall 214
CCFA Discovery DayMarch 12
Trap Door Improv: Studio TheatreMarch 17 at 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00 pm in Moore 102 (Platform Theatre) 
CMU Debate: Pi Kappa Delta TournamentMarch 12-18, TBA
Communication Association MeetingMarch 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Hall 214
The Country WifeUniversity Theatre productionMarch 21-24 at 7:30 pm and March 25 at 2:00 pm, Bush Theatre, Tickets & Details
Communication Association MeetingMarch 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Hall 214
Semblance: Studio Theatre Dance Production (Directed and Choreographed by Amy Duffy)March 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m.., Theatre-on-the-Side
Godspell: Studio Theatre Musical Production (Directed by Annette Thornton)March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 31 at 5:00 p.m. in Theatre-on-the-Side
Central States Communication ConferenceApril 4-8 at Hilton City Center, Milwaukee, WI
Trap Door Improv: Studio TheatreApril 4 at 8:00 & 10:00 pm in Moore 102 (Platform Theatre) 
Central States Communication ConferenceApril 4-7, Milwaukee, WI
Music Theatre Scholarship Competition2:00 p.m., TBA
The Typographer's Dream: Studio Theatre (Directed by Stephen Harrick)April 6-7 at 7:30 p.m., Theatre-on-the-Side
Peter and the Wolf: Puppet Production (Directed by Nicole Graziano)April 8 at 2:00 p.m., Staples, Music building (For information contact Nicole Graziano at
PROJECT 586: A series of 10-minute student-written plays (Directed by Tim Connors)April 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. in Theatre-on-the-Side
Communication Association MeetingApril 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Hall 214
CMU Debate: National Forensics Association NationalsApril 18-24
CCFA Discovery DayApril 17
University Theatre Dance Company Concert: University Theatre ProductionApril 19-21 at 7:30 pm, and April 22 at 2:00 pm in Bush Theatre, Tickets & Details
Tech Theatre ExpoApril 23 from 1 - 5pm, April 24 from 9am - 5pm and April 25 from 9am – 1pm, Theatre-on-the-Side
Full Circle - Music Theatre student performancesApril 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Bush Theatre
Trap Door Improv: Studio TheatreApril 28 at 8:00 & 10:00 pm in Moore 102 (Platform Theatre)
APO's Mask and HammerApril 29 at 4:30 pm at Courtyard Marriott, MP  (Advance Tickets required - Available in Moore Hall near Kiva)
Communication Association MeetingApril 30 at 6:30 pm in Moore Hall 214

*Studio theatre productions are free and open to the public.  Limited seating is available on a first-come, first served basis.  Due to their nature, Studio productions are subject to schedule changes and cancellation without notice.

CMU Theatre Alum wins prestigious national award!  


CMU Theatre alum, Claire-Frances Sullivan's original musical, Fostered Love, has been selected as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s recipient of the National Musical Theatre Award. Claire-Frances created the original music, score and book for Fostered Love. This very prestigious award comes with a check for $1500, membership in the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, an invitation to attend the National Festival at the Kennedy Center April 10-14 at KCACTF’s expense, and a professional development residency, to be determined, in Summer 2018. A panel of artists, selected by KCACTF, determined that Fostered Love was this year’s winner.

A workshop production of
Fostered Love, directed by Theatre faculty member, Elaine Daugherty, was presented as a CMU University Theatre Studio Production in the fall of 2017 when Claire-Frances was a CMU student.

More information about the award is available here:…/…/Playwriting/MusicalTheater.

Congratulations, Claire-Frances!

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Dance Residency: Guest artist, Omri Drumlevich, will teach the Gaga movement language March 12 - 16, 2018

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We're excited to announce that Omri Drumlevich will be in residence at CMU from March 12 - 16, 2018, teaching the Gaga movement language to CMU students, faculty and staff.  A schedule of activities and additional information is available here.

Omri Drumlevich was born in Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in 1992. He danced with Mehola Jerusalem and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Omri participated in Batsheva Ensemble’s Excellence program. He joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2010 and Batsheva Company in 2012.

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout his work as a choreographer and Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/Dancers, which is the daily training of Batsheva Dance Company members (now taught also for other dancers in Israel and abroad), and Gaga/People, open to the public and available to everyone, without need of previous experience. Gaga classes are held for a growing number of people at the Suzanne Dellal Centre and other studios and festivals in Israel and abroad.

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Presentation Skills Center, hosted by COM faculty and graduate assistants, is open! 

For months now, Lesley Withers, and a team of COM faculty, staff and graduate assistants, have been hard at work preparing to open a new service center to aid CMU students in improving their presentation skills!  The Presentations Skills Center is now officially open, and assistance is available for any aspect of the public speaking process, from topic idea generation to polishing delivery, from argument development to finding supportive evidence. 

The center is located in Park Library room 319C, and serving students from Sunday to Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm.  Appointments are recommended, with walk-ins are accommodated if possible.  Appointments can be booked now from our website at or by calling us at (989) 774-1361. 

Congratulations to Lesley and everyone involved in bringing this wonderful new service to our students!
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KCACTF Regional Festival Success Stories! 

Congratulations to the CMU students who had competitive success at the regional festival!  Highlights of the event are shown below and additional students are recognized in the full report linked here.
  • Savannah Morris was selected as the WINNER of the KCACTF Regional Design Project/Make-Up competition for her make-up design for His Dark Materials.
  • Brandon Chu and partner Christian Sanchez, were selected to compete in the SEMI-FINAL ROUND of the Irene Ryan (Acting) Scholarship Auditions out of 248 competitors.
  • Emily Mick was selected as a FINALIST in the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship competition for her Stage Management work on Spring Awakening.
  • Claire Dettloff and Christian Sanchez auditioned, were accepted, rehearsed and performed in the Music Theatre Intensive Cabaret Performance.
  • The following students were awarded Certificates of Merit for Excellence for their work in CMU University Theatre productions in the last year: 
    • Ensemble Cast (Collaborative Performance, The Other Project
    • Hollie Dickman (Dramaturgy, The Other Project)
    • Melanie Eickhoff (Stage Management, The Other Project)
    • Steven Prevett (Composition and Sound Design, Pericles)

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Berglund's MAN awarded Best Autobiographical Play at New York City's Prestigious United Solo Theatre Festival!

berglund-casual-face-shot-2018.jpg Steve Berglund's new play, MAN, which was created during a  recent sabbatical, was selected as the Best Autobiographical Play at the United Solo Theatre Festival. The festival is the largest of its kind, playing host to over 140 new plays over its multi-week duration, and featured artists from across the globe!  

Please congratulate Steve on this recognition and follow this link for a full story. 

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​​Dr. Weber and grad student, Jeremy Heinlein partner on Special Olympics research Special Olympics research

Passing the ball and shooting baskets with people who have intellectual disabilities changes perceptions and stigmas, according to Central Michigan University researchers. 

Read the full CMU News story, here.


Three Pekes in a Pond, a new musical by Steven Prevett

Steven Prevett, the student who composed the original score for our recent mainstage production of Shakespeare's Pericles, hasn't been at rest.  Among other projects, Steven has also created a full-length musical entitled Three Pekes in a Pond.   He tells about the creative process in the video below and in the full CMU News story, here

 Steven Prevett's Canine Composition