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The University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program is one of the best in the nation.  It is a well established program and in most Broadway shows, you will see an alum from this school.

Their website boasts, “This comprehensive training program has a national reputation among professional agents, casting directors, and producers as being among the best of its kind. A unique situation exists at Michigan, since theatre, dance and music coexist as departments within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Students in musical theatre, as part of their curriculum, study with faculty members in the departments of Theatre and Drama, Voice, Dance, and Musical Theatre. The U-M is one of a select number of schools which promote this degree of collaboration among areas within the performing arts” (U. of Michigan‘s website).

Attention all interested in this program: You must apply and submit a video by December 1st.  They do not accept anyone once that deadline has passed.  If you want to guarantee an in-person audition and know when that day is by mid-November, then go ahead and submit the required material by October 15th.

In orde to audition, it is advised that you have serious Ballet technique/training.  Perhaps this is why most of their students work immediately upon graduation?  They went into college already more gifted and talented in dance then other students at competing universities.  Just a thought.

The University of Michigan puts the required video submission guidelines on the website, which are as follows:

  • Dress as you would for an in-person audition.
  • Avoid extreme close-ups and be sure to include full-body shots.
  • Try to balance the volume of the piano with your singing, but don’t sing with a microphone or extra amplification.
  • Say your name and the name of the song, monologue or dance before you begin each section.
  • When uploading video recordings, separate tracks upload best and are preferred.

They want two monologues, two songs that are 16-bar cuts, & a dance audition on the video, in addition to your headshot and resume.  For specifics, please click here: Musical Theatre audition guidelines.

U of M wants you to use a live or recorded pianist – no a cappella.  If you need a pianist, here are two suggestions: www.dlytha.com (she will record your audition cuts for $10-$20, but it doesn’t say so on her website at this point – just e-mail and ask her) or www.auditiontrax.com (around $30 for both songs).

If you are selected for an in-person audition there will be a fee and a lot of extra stuff that is INTENSE!  This school is amazing, so don’t let it scare you!!!

Please check out their alumni page, because it is quite an impressive list.  Some highlights that you should know are Gavin Creel, Erin Dilly, Barrett Foa, Hunter Foster, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Celia Keenan Bolger, Andrew Lippa, Lauren Molina, Brynn O’Malley, Jennifer Laura Thompson.

If you are seriously interested in U of M’s Musical Theatre program, please check out their youth summer camps so that you can get a head start on meeting some of the faculty and familiarizing yourself with their program: http://www.music.umich.edu/special_programs/youth/mpulse/index.htm