Let us entertain you with a diverse selection of faculty-directed live productions! Performances take place in Bush Theatre, Townsend Kiva, and Theatre-on-the-Side, which are all located close to the Bush Theatre ticket windows on the CMU Campus.  For information on our smaller-scale, free, Studio Theatre and other sponsored productions, follow us on social media or visit our Events and Activities webpage.

The 2020-2021 University Theatre Season


We’re pleased to announce our revised Fall 2020 theatre season: a collection of smaller-scale shows that are particularly appropriate to our times. With safety being our primary concern, auditions, rehearsals, and live-streamed performances will follow the latest health and safety guidelines from the University and the State of Michigan.  

Our students are excited to make the most of the challenges and opportunities of the year, and we believe that our audiences will be just as inspired, challenged, and entertained as ever by our live-streamed presentations.


We've canceled our original Spring 2021 productions due to pandemic related concerns. Keep an eye out for information about our revised live-streamed Spring season, coming in December! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Performance Details (Click title for more information)

Written by Pearl Cleage and directed by CMU Student Yasmeen Duncan (Faculty Advisor, Elaine DiFalco Daugherty)  

“Pearl Cleage’s A SONG FOR CORETTA, a lovely, image-soaked testament to the civil rights icon seen through the random eyes of a handful of fictional mourners who have lined up to say goodbye to the beloved Mrs. (Coretta Scott) King…brims with wit, personality and life-affirming energy.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

  • Live-streamed performances: October 22-24 at 7:30 pm and October 25 at 2:00 pm 
  • Purchase tickets now at:
    • Individual tickets: $5 and Group tickets: $10 (Plus fees)
    • Streamed performance tickets and Fall play information will not be available through CMU Ticket Central staff

Written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Keeley Stanley Bohn   

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. 

  • Live-streamed performances: November 5-7 at 7:30 pm and November 8 at 2:00 pm 
  • Purchase tickets now at:
    • Individual tickets: $5 and Group tickets: $10 (Plus fees)
    • Streamed performance tickets and Fall play information will not be available through CMU Ticket Central staff

Artistic direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee, Assistant Direction by CMU students Alynne Welch and Rachel Napier, Original musical composition by CMU School of Music student, Joshua Daniels

This dance film features performances and choreography by CMU Dance Studies Majors and Dance Minors, set to music from a CMU School of Music student

  • A free Facebook Premiere and watch party will be available on December 3 at 7:30 pm at

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Streamed Performance Ticketing
  • Purchase: Tickets are available online only at ShowTix4U. Note: CMU Ticket Central will not have tickets for live-streamed performances.  
  • Prices: $5 individual | $10 group | Plus a small fee (just over $2)
  • Refunds: Refunds of the ticket price are available through a link on the ticket. Ticketing fees are not refundable. The Chat feature on the ShowTix4U site can assist you if needed.

Tips and troubleshooting for live-streamers!

  • Attending: Follow the link or use one of the other methods explained on your ticket. The stream will only appear starting roughly 30 minutes before your performance. If you want to visit our site for something else, use the link above. You can only connect with one device at a time, and if you switch, the initial device will disconnect.
  • Connection: For best results, use the best internet connection available. We broadcast in high definition, and issues with video quality or stability are almost always related to your internet connection speed. If you can stream HD video from Netflix or YouTube with satisfactory results, you should have similar results with our live-stream. 
  • Show Programs: Available by clicking on the show graphic at ShowTix4U and then clicking the button labeled "Show Program." 
  • Problem?  Please consider restarting your device if a problem develops. We are using a very versatile browser-based service. If the performance doesn't begin at the scheduled time, but you see the welcome image, please refresh your browser window. For best results the preferred browsers, in order, are Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge. (Chrome and Firefox update automatically). Operating systems required: Windows 8+, macOS Sierra (10.12.6)+, Android 6+ or IOS 12.6
  • Need Help? Chat with ST4U customer service staff using the CHAT function on You may also email, though the response may come after showings have concluded.

In-Person Ticketing and Tips

This information relates only to live performances taking place on our campus, which are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Advance purchase tickets are available at a reduced price through CMU Ticket Central. If the production doesn't sell out in advance, remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the Bush Theatre ticket window starting one hour before each performance.  

We recommend purchasing tickets well in advance for any musical or any performance scheduled for the Townsend Kiva or Theatre-on-the-Side. 

CMU Ticket Central

  • Location: CMU Events Center
  • Phone: 989-774-3045​
  • Web:
  • Hours of Operation: ​
    • School year: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    • Summer: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday


Free performance parking is available in lot 33N or 33S which are located off from East Campus Drive between Preston and Broomfield Roads. Here is a map to Bush Theatre, which is very near all of our performance spaces.