Courageous – Flexible – Compassionate

The central focus of the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Theatre & Dance is to provide our students with a challenging educational environment and richly diverse learning experiences. We strive to provide students opportunities to work alongside professionals both on stage and off. We are committed to providing our students with the necessary tools, both artistic and personal, to meet the demands of an ever-evolving world and profession.

Through intellectual inquiry, imaginative daring, intensive training, social awareness and practical experience, our students stand ready to assume a place of responsibility in the community at large and excel as courageous artists, flexible workers, and compassionate citizens. 

We value collaboration, responsibility, balance, empathy and service.

Academic Advising
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Career Advising
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Bachelor’s Degrees

Dance Catalog Description
This comprehensive program provides a broad specialization in dance within a liberal arts curriculum. Students grow intellectually, physically, artistically, and spiritually in a nurturing, inclusive, and open-minded environment. Students balance creative and performance aspects of dance with historical and theoretical contexts, and are prepared to work in a variety of settings including dance education, arts administration, establishing a dance studio, and work with theatre and dance companies.

Theatre Catalog Description
This is our most flexible degree, as you can choose different tracks: performance, musical theatre, literature & history, or the broad general track, where you can devise your own course of study, and mix-and-match courses across design, technology, as well as performance.

This degree program offers a Honors track. Learn more.

Theatre Design & Technology Catalog Description
This flexible program allows you to glean skills and knowledge across the areas of theatre production: costumes, scenic, lighting, sound, & stage management. Many of the classes are hands-on studio style classes, meaning you’ll dig right into props, carpentry, sewing, hanging lights, and managing rehearsals. You’ll also take classes in design theory that allow you to study plays and learn how to create a three-dimensional world for the characters.

This degree program offers a Honors track. Learn more.

Theatre Performance Catalog Description
If you want to be a professional actor, this degree prepares you with the training and production experience to ready you to compete successfully to be employed as an actor. You’ll study acting techniques in depth: realism, classical styles, Shakespeare, stage combat, dialects, acting for the camera, musical theatre, dance, and so many more classes to help round out your skills as a performer.


Current Season Performances

What’s Going On?! Viral Topics, Personal Stories, Virtual Performances
Directed by William Irwin, Associate Professor of Theatre

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic restricting live theater performance coupled with the deep political divides in our country and the start of a long overdue societal reckoning with racism, the UM-Flint Theatre & Dance faculty came together to brainstorm how they could best bring students together and offer them a platform to express what they are thinking, dealing with, fighting for, or what they are hoping for in this moment.

What was devised is the virtual production available here – an entirely student written collection of monologues written by the student-actors performing them. Their stories traverse the playful to the painful, poetic to the profane, while attempting to encapsulate the deeply human and deeply felt experiences many of us have shared in the past year.

We sincerely appreciate your support in viewing our virtual production. We hope you enjoy and we look forward to seeing you back live at the UM-Flint Theatre very soon!

The collection of monologues that you will see were filmed in person at the University of Michigan-Flint Theatre all within state and University COVID guidelines.

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