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Upcoming Events, Performances and Activities

Classes Begin January 7
Auditions: UT Dance Company Auditions January 7-8 | Rose 127
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival - Region 3 January 8-13 | Milwaukee, WI
Auditions: In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) January 15-16 | Kiva | Moore Hall
CMU Debate at Webster University (The Gorlock) January 24-28
THE  WHIPPING MAN  |  University Theatre production January 30 - February 2 at 7:30 pm and February 3 at 2:00 pm | Bush Theatre | Tickets
THE  WHIPPING MAN  |  Theatre for Young Audiences Matinee (Advance reservations required - Not open to the public) February 1 | Bush Theatre
Music Theatre BFA Auditions February 2 | Music Building
Dance Residency: Kumiko Sakamoto and Masashi Miro, Masashi Action Machine  February 4-8 | Rose 127 | (See story on this page) 
Majors on Demand Event February 5 | 6 pm - 8 pm | Bovee University Center
Fire Up Friday - Prospective student event February 8
Special Talent Scholarship Auditions February 16 | Moore Hall
MUG Communication Conference February 22 | Moore Hall
CMU Debate at Hillsdale College Tournament February 22-24
Summer Theatre Auditions February 23 | Moore Hall
Acting BFA Auditions February 23 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Moore Hall
CMU Discovery Day February 25
Spring Break March 2 - 10 (Classes resume 3/11)
Fire Up Friday March 15
CMU Debate at PKD Nationals March 19-25
IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY)  | University Theatre production March 20 - 23 at 7:30 pm and March 24 at 2:00 pm  | Bush Theatre | Tickets
Fire Up Friday March 22
CMU Debate at Missouri State Tournament March 29 - April 1
CMU Discovery Day April 1
Communication Central States Conference April 3-9  | Omaha, NE
Fire Up Friday April 5
UTDC DANCE CONCERT - University Theatre production April 11-13 at 7:30 pm and April 14 at 2:00 pm  | Bush Theatre Tickets
CMU Debate at Lafayette Debates April 19-20
CMU Debate at NFA Nationals April 23-30

*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.

Masashi Action Machine - International Dance Residency
We’re excited to announce the international dance residency of the Japanese jazz dance company, Masashi Action Machine; featuring Artistic Director, Kumiko Sakamoto; Associate Artistic Director, Masashi Mishiro and dancer, Yuri Koto.  

Masashi Action Machine describes their artistry on their blog as follows: “The core of our creation is constructed by intelligence, elegance, courage, and virtue, which origin in the Samurai spirit.  Our unique style of dance is based from gymnastics, jazz, and ballet from Western culture. Having these elements as the longitudinal threads, we braid in Japanese cultures, such as Noh, karate, ken-doh, and ju-doh as the lateral threads and weave up a piece of our unique style.”

Activities for CMU students will take place in the Rose 127 dance studio from February 4 – 8, and a community class is included on February 6.  See the schedule below for details and contact Heather Trommer-Beardslee at with any questions.

This International Dance Residency is sponsored by the College of the Arts and Media.

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Masashi Action Machine Dance Residency Schedule 
All events take place in Rose 127 (Dance Studio) and are open to CMU Students.  The Wednesday evening session is open to the community.  Please contact Heather Trommer-Beardslee by email at with questions.

Monday, February 4
2:00pm - 3:15pm:  Dance Class in Masashi Action Machine Style
6:00pm - 7:15pm:  Masashi Action Machine Choreography

Tuesday, February 5
9:30am - 10:45am:  Dance Class in Masashi Action Machine Style
6:00 - 7:15pm:  Masashi Action Machine Choreography

Wednesday, February 6
12:00 - 1:15pm:  Dance Class in Masashi Action Machine Style
6:00 - 7:15pm:  Dance Class in Masashi Action Machine Style
(open community class)

Thursday, February 7
2:00 - 3:15pm:  Dance Class in Masashi Action Machine Style
6:00 - 7:15pm:  Masashi Action Machine Choreography

Friday, February 8
12:00 - 1:15pm: Dance Class in Masashi Action Machine Style
6:00 - 7:15pm:  Masashi Action Machine Choreography

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Elijah Stinson.jpg S PATTERSON ACTING UPTHEATRE CO APPRENTICE.JPGchImage-7.pngTheatre students spend summer learning through apprenticeships, 
internships and employment!

CMU University Theatre students are gaining valuable experience in theatres and on tours this summer as interns, apprentices and contracted employees. In addition to those listed below, another 11 students have also been engaged as members of the CMU Summer Theatre Company.

  • Brandon Chu​, Performer at Festival 56 Theatre in Princeton, Illinois
  • Olivia Clayton, Trumpet in the Land Theatre, Ohio
  • Katie Dodd​, Performer at Festival 56 Theatre in Princeton, Illinois
  • Yasmeen Duncan​, Intern at Mosaic Youth Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dylan Goike​, Performer at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, Illinois
  • Christian Heintzelman​, Performer at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan
  • Savannah Rose​ Morris, Properties Head at Festival 56 Theatre in Princeton, Illinois
  • Seth Patterson​, Performer in Acting Up Theatre Company, touring in Michigan
  • Lois Reeves​, Performer at Thunder Bay Theatre in Alpena, Michigan
  • Ny'Ea Reynolds​, Intern at Summer Youth Academy in Detroit, Michigan
  • Anna Rudnitsky​, Intern at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, Michigan, and Take it from the Top Workshop at Wharton Center in Lansing, Michigan
  • Elijah Raynard Stinson, Trumpet in the Land Theatre in Ohio
  • Maya Voorhorst​ , Performer at Trumpet in the Land Theatre in Ohio
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Presentation Skills Center, hosted by COM faculty and graduate assistants, is open! 

Lesley Withers, and a team of COM faculty, staff and graduate assistants, worked hard to prepare a new service center to aid CMU students in improving their presentation skills!  The Presentations Skills Center is available to assist with 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. 

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CMU Theatre and Dance presents the Solo Performance Festival

The first ever CMU Solo Performance Festival was a compelling day of story telling at its finest and a success by all measures.  Taking place on November 10th at the Platform Theatre (Moore 102 on the CMU Campus), the event featured plays written and performed by CMU Alumni Jeremy Meier and Motz, former CMU staff person Raymond Goodwin, and Chair of CMU Theatre and Dance, Steve Berglund.  A panel discussion was included.  Thanks to everyone who assisted in making this event a special experience for all involved.  


2:00 pm | WRECK OF THE GIMPY GIN: Written and performed by Raymond Goodwin
A tragic accident in stormy waters off Burner’s Inlet, Michigan in 1927 has scarred the reputation of a local family for eight decades. In this one-man play, set eighty-seven years later, a minor official of this small Lake Huron community brings to light evidence that may profoundly change the view of what happened that awful night.

3:00 pm | MAN: Written and performed by Steve Berglund and directed by Jody Price
How does a man know if he's achieved manhood? This hilarious and honest journey poses the questions and tries to answer them through storytelling and revisiting personal experiences. Does a man really need to know how to build a fire without matches? Or train a dog? This show shines a comic light on navigating the quest for manhood.

4:15 pm | PANEL DISCUSSION: “Sources of Solo Performance Pieces – and How to Get Them Produced”

6:30 pm | ROBERT F. KENNEDY: AMERICANS: Written and performed by Jeremy Meier
Robert Kennedy's 1968 run for the presidency lasted a mere 82 days but it was a torrent of travel, engagement and intensity few campaigns have seen since. Robert set out to engage the public on the issues of the times he felt were moral obligation: “Poverty in this country is indecent. Illiteracy in this country is indecent.” He spoke out against the war in Vietnam as well as division and rioting at home; he challenged crowds to find in themselves moral courage in uncertain times. In this new one-man show, Jeremy Meier portrays RFK on the campaign trail in ’68 and features insights on the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement and the impact the Kennedy name had on Robert’s world view. It is followed by an interactive question and answer session.

8:00 pm | KNIFESLINGIN’! Ted “Critter” Montana teaches you to survive the streets: Written and performed by Motz
Ted "Critter" Montana knows the streets & will teach YOU how to survive: no guns, no karate chops, just KNIVES. Think you got what it takes to be the next Knifeslinger, hotshot?
1989 A.D. The Streets, USA. Crime runs rampant. Nowhere is safe. Fear is winning. Critter walks The Warrior’s Path. Critter is not afraid to stand his ground. And Critter carries more knives than you can even count, tough guy. If you think you got what it takes, pop KNIFESLINGIN’! into your VCR, strap up your switchblades, and pay attention. It just might save your life.
Cut to: 2018. The Warrior’s Path has lead Critter to a Grand Jury hearing in Minneapolis. Can he knifesling his way out of this?

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