Western Michigan University
Department of Theatre
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1903 West Michigan Avenue
Here, you’re more than a student ID number. You are an individual—with talents and goals that we are eager to help you develop and explore. Why WMU? Conservatory-style training at a public university price. 8-10 main stage productions. Career building travel and study abroad opportunities. Direct engagement with theatre, film and television professionals from around the world. And unlike many other theatre programs, we are an undergraduate-only department. That means it will be you onstage, backstage, designing the sets, lights, and sound, acting the major roles, and gaining the experience you need to go on to the country’s best graduate schools, or head out right away to begin your career.
Notable Alumni Include:
Faculty Info: Joan Herrington, Jay Berkow, Brian Boyer, Cheryl Bruey, Emily Duguay, Lofty Durham, Deb Gambino, Dwandra Nickole Lampkin, Mark Liermann, Kate MacKenzie, Garylee McCormick, Patrick Niemi, Dave Nofsinger, Elizabeth Terrel, Kate Thomsen, Kathryn Wagner, Lisa Wales, Ed Walker, D. Terry Williams.
Cast Announced For Theatre's NOVA's Next Zoom Play, 4 GENRES By Ron Riekki
February 21, 2021
Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents a new play written specifically for the Zoom format each month (January through April) with their PLAY OF THE MONTH series.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces The Bridge Classes February 8-12
February 04, 2021
NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY has announced The Bridge virtual dance classes for February 8-12, 2021. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's website.
Gulfshore Playhouse Announces Lindsay Cook As Its New Production Manager
February 04, 2021
Gulfshore Playhouse is welcoming Lindsay Cook as the new production manager. A native of Michigan, she has worked for a number of notable arts organizations across the country over the course of her career.
The Breath Project Announces Recipients of New Play Commission Initiative
February 02, 2021
The Breath Project announced the recipients of the New Play Commission Initiative. Building on the success of last fall’s inaugural The Breath Project Virtual Festival, the New Play Commission Initiative will provide five of those works with $17,000 commissions each to develop full-length plays.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces The Bridge Classes February 1-5
February 01, 2021
NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY has announced The Bridge classes February 1-5, 2021. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's website. The Bridge Class schedule are as follows: Monday Seyong Kim (Ballet) at 11am, Tuesday Yuka Notsuka (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am and more.
New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of December 14 - THE PROM Soundtrack, Jason Robert Brown Album, CINDERELLA Track, and More!
December 16, 2020
Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases! This week's list includes the CD edition of soundtrack to the Netflix film adaptation of The Prom, new album from Jason Robert Brown, a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of Cinderella, and more!
New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of December 7 - THE PROM Soundtrack, and More!
December 09, 2020
Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases! This week's list includes the soundtrack to the Netflix film adaptation of The Prom, new music from Jackie Burns, and more!
BWW Exclusive: Listen to Steven Pasquale Sing from Ahrens & Flaherty's LEGACY Album
December 10, 2020
On December 11, Broadway Records will release LEGACY, a collection of two previously unheard song cycles by the award-winning composing duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. One of the song cycles, A BOY WITH A CAMERA, was inspired by photographs taken in the 40’s and 50’s by Ahrens’s father, and is a celebration of New York City itself. This piece was recorded in November 2004 with Sarah Uriarte Berry and Steven Pasquale, with Steve Marzullo at the piano. Listen below as we give you a sneak peek of 'Rising City' performed by Pasquale.
Farmers Alley Theatre to Present HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
December 04, 2020
The phrase “I'll be Home for Christmas” has a new meaning this year, and Farmers Alley Theatre is celebrating the season with an exciting musical event bringing together Homegrown Talent with some fantastic local arts organizations in HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Streaming digitally on Broadway On Demand from December 12th-24th. Hosted by Farmers Alley Founders Adam & Rob Weiner and Denene Mulay Koch & Jeremy Koch, this 90-minute concert will feature favorite holiday classics, new seasonal songs and a dose of Christmas magic delivered straight to your living room!
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Will Release Two Song Cycles on 'Legacy' Album
November 19, 2020
A new album will be released next month called LEGACY, a collection of two previously unheard song cycles by the award-winning composing duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Strawdog Theatre Company Welcomes New Ensemble Members
November 17, 2020
Strawdog Theatre Company's is pleased to welcome seven new ensemble members for 2020, including: Paul Cook, Leah Hummel, Yeaji Kim, Alyssa Maldonado, Karissa Murrell Myers, Manuel Ortiz and Johnard Washington.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces The Bridge Classes for November 16-20
November 16, 2020
NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY has announced The Bridge Virtual Dance Institute's free one-hour company class on Zoom, open to all dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced level, featuring Guest Artists Eun-Kyung Chung and Andrew Pacho, November 16-20, 2020.
Photo Flash: Farmers Alley Theatre Presents THE CONVICTION OF LADY LORRAINE, A TELEPLAY
October 22, 2020
Farmers Alley Theatre is determined to create moving and powerful art this fall and connect deeply with audiences in many new ways. That all begins this October with the original one-woman show, The Conviction of Lady Lorraine, written and performed by Dwandra Nickole Lampkin.
The Breath Project Announces Lineup For Inaugural Virtual Festival
October 19, 2020
Today, The Breath Project—a new theatrical initiative formed by Artistic Director and Co-Founder Gamal Abdel Chasten and Co-Founder Marieke Gaboury in response to the current global spotlight on racial injustice against Black people—announced the line-up for the inaugural The Breath Project Virtual Festival being held on at 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25.
The Breath Project Announces Lineup for Inaugural Virtual Festival
October 13, 2020
In partnership with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and 23 other theater companies across the country, The Breath Project has announced the lineup for its inaugural virtual festival being held on October 24 and 25.