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Theatre (THE)

238 Theatre
(810) 237-6522

Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair:  Nicole Broughton-Adams
Theatre Professional Advisor:  Khalilah Rashad
Technical Director: Doug Mueller
Costume Shop Supervisor: Janae LaFleur
Scene Shop Supervisor: Dave Thompson

Administrative Support Staff
260 French Hall
Public Relations & Advising:  Audrey Beauchesne, TBD 
Personnel & Course Scheduling:  Suzanne Shivnen
Budget & Finances:  Karri Spoelstra

Professor Shelby Newport; Associate Professors  Stephanie Dean, Janet Haley, William Irwin; Lecturers Lisa Borton, Nicole Broughton, Jessica Fialko, Kendrick Jones, Doug Mueller, Dave Thompson
Professors Emeriti Lauren Friesen, Carolyn M. Gillespie


A concentration in theatre introduces students to all aspects of theatre art and permits students to specialize in those areas of theatre study which are of primary concern to them. Students are prepared for further study on the graduate or conservatory level. Courses of value to the general student population, such as those in dramatic literature, introduction to the theatre, and public address, are also offered through the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Students seeking a concentration in Theatre must have grades of C (2.0) or higher in all theatre courses.  Every theatre major must participate (actor, crew, etc.) in two mainstage productions a year.  Scholarship students need to participate in all mainstage productions.

Both full scale and studio theatrical productions are staged each year. All students of the University of Michigan-Flint are cordially invited to participate in these productions.

The Theatre program offers a variety of scholarship opportunities designed to attract and retain students of exceptional talent and promise. They include the Ralph M. and Emmalyn E. Freeman Theatre Scholarship, Jeffrey F. Garfield Scholarship, Carolyn M. Gillespie Fund, Stephen Landon Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, Kay Sampson Kelly Merit Scholarship, Brian McDonald Theatre Scholarship, the Carl and Sarah Morgan Theatre Fund, and the Theatre and Dance Scholarship Program.  Friends of the Theatre, the Chancellor, and our production program support these scholarship opportunities.

Mission and Assessment
The Theatre program is committed to responsible and professional preparation of their students for professional/commercial work in the field, teaching careers in theatre or related areas, further study in graduate or conservatory settings, life-long appreciation of theatre and dance as cultural expression, and leadership roles in the artistic life of their communities.  In addition, the program commits itself to liberalizing the perspective of the general college student it encounters through the teaching of its courses, and to enrich the lives of persons in the community by producing challenging, thought-provoking, entertaining experiences which reflect its diversity and which explore vital concerns and issues. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://assessment.umflint.edu.

In addition to the following, an Arts Administration (MA)  program is jointly offered by disciplines of Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance and Public Administration. See Graduate Study  for further information.