Theatre & Film produces 4-5 shows a year representing a variety of forms and eras with at least one production each season being a major musical. The primary mission of Theatre & Film is to bring quality experiences to departmental students, the University community and the area at large through the production of culturally relevant works. Join our mailing list.
We are grateful for the support of our patrons and donors. You can support Theatre & Film and the work of our student actors, designers, filmmakers, and technicians by becoming a season ticket holder (UM Box Office) or by donating directly to the department.
Theatre & Film auditions are open to the university and local community. There are two auditions, one for the Fall Semester shows and one for the Spring Semester shows. Additional auditions will be announced as necessary.
Listening in the Shadows, a thrilling, original, 5-part radio drama written, directed, performed, and produced by our students, will start off our season! We are asking the playwrights who participate to engage with "the shadow," whatever that word might mean to them. In part, this is an homage to one of the greatest radio series of all time: The Shadow (1930-1954) told the adventures of Lamont Cranston, a wealthy socialite whose alter-ego was a mysterious crime-fighting hero known only as The Shadow. As you can probably tell, the show had a tremendous influence on the creators of Batman and countless other superheroes. Information about the five dramas may be found below.
Femme Fatale, by Gabriela Nieto Hale
Directed by Erin Stanphill
News Anchor—Leah Blevins
Merry Morning, by Rie Talley
Directed by Hannah Bosworth
When No One Was Watching, by Emma Siler
Directed by Megan Longton
Somewhere I Didn’t Want to Be, by Robyn Medeiros
Directed by Rie Talley
An Oddity of Fear, by James Barton
Directed by Haley Dawn Parker
Father Magnus—Danny Flaggert
Father O’Brian—Tristan Clark
Father Maxwell—Adam Brown
Mother Marienne—Robyn Medeiros
Premieres October 30, 2020 on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00pm. Additional information available on our Facebook page.
Future opportunities to listen will be available on our new podcast, Stage & Screen!
Directed by Lauren Bone Noble
Created by Lauren Bone Noble and the cast
Near/Far is a devised project with a cast of 9 masked creatures. We will be developing a new piece of physical theatre in the classic Larval Mask style created by Jacques Lecoq. The subject matter will explore the physical and emotional tensions of living in quarantine during a global pandemic.
Premieres November 6, 2020 on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00pm and will remain available through November 9, 2020. Additional information available on our Facebook page.
Directed by Micah-Shane Brewer
Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollman & Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetowncatapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
Urinetown will be available to rent via ShowTix4U from April 9-11. Additional information is available on our Facebook page.