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.

Theatre Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in 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.

Learn more about the Honors track offered.

Bachelor of Science in 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.

Learn more about the Honors track offered.


Mon’Quez Deon Pippins

Mon’Quez Deon Pippins
Theatre Performance 2003

Mon’Quez is a singer, songwriter, actor, and chef. Before starring in such productions as the first Broadway tour of The Color Purple, he honed his craft with UM-Flint Theatre & Dance. He remembers his professors fondly for pushing him to constantly improve.

“All of my professors, they pushed us to use our chops. They didn’t want us to sit comfortably. They wanted us to work hard to make these characters come through…UM-Flint Theatre taught me to DRIVE and fight for my goals.”

Advising Services

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and book an appointment today.

In addition to academic advising, the College of Arts & Sciences provides extensive career advising services to help you define a clear path for your career. Contact Myesha Cannon through Handshake to schedule your career coaching appointment.

Current Season Performances

Screen Time: An Acting Showcase
Directed by William Irwin, Associate Professor of Theatre

A study of camera acting techniques and a showcase of the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Fine & Performing Arts students performing scenes and monologues for the screen.

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

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.

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

Upcoming 2022-2023 Season Performances

The Play That Goes Wrong
Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields
Directed by William Irwin

The Spitfire Grill
Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Directed by Stephanie Dean

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Janet Haley

Spring Dance Concert
Choreographed by Dance Faculty
Directed by Beth Freiman

*all shows are currently rights pending

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