UDM Theatre CompanySociety — University
is a professional Theatre Co. inside of the Performing Arts Department at University of Detroit Mercy.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
The Performing Arts Department embraces UDM’s mission and the social mission of the Jesuits and Mercy sisters’ traditions of emphasizing and promoting programming to create a more humane and just society. Students can engage their community through performances of socially conscience driving productions like The Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project and Unheard Voices – developed by retired faculty member Yolanda Fleischer, focusing on homelessness in Southeast Michigan. Since 1998, the Performing Arts Department as well as many university and community partners have raised over $150,000 for homeless, abuse and community shelters and centers. We believe these experiences are integral to training student artists to value equally the development of their aesthetic skills and their social consciousness; combining their passion for making art with their desire to make a positive impact on their communities and the world.
ON THE STAGE
Each year, the Theatre Company produces a variety of live performances on campus or at a local theatre in our community. Our season combines original and commissioned works featuring non-traditional pieces as well as classics and standards in the world of theatre and music. The Performing Arts Department sponsored groups that provide performance opportunities for UDM students include the main stage Theatre Company productions, Studio 164 student directed performances, Improv Troupe performances and creative individual projects performed at Grounds, UDM’s coffeehouse.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Theatre Company . . .
“is a singular place to begin to build a career. A young actor couldn’t ask for a better place to work.”
- Lawrence Devine Detroit Free Press
“has long been a kind of ministry. Artistic Director David L. Regal and friends preach the gospel of artistic risk, creating a community of kindred spirits.” - Reed Johnson Detroit News
“always seems to be able to achieve the proper mix of talented veteran actors and good emerging young talent. Its numerous awards and established alumni attest to the respectability and professionalism of this fine troupe.” -Daniel Skora Detroit Monito
The Theatre Company and the Performing Arts Department develops artistic expression through performance and awareness of the implications of the arts within our culture. The development of creative, dynamic, and articulate artists is the crux of the theatre major. Theatre students gain a wide range of experiences and skills that can prepare them to enter careers based in performance, communication skills, human interaction and collaboration.
UDM is located in one of the most diverse cities in the United States that is also home to an active and varied theatre community. The Performing Arts Department at UDM offers both Bachelor of Arts major and minor degrees in theatre. Supported by a strong liberal arts environment the theatre program promotes individual artistic growth, academic rigor and engagement with the larger community.
The inspired student will receive a meaningful education and the opportunity to work alongside professional directors, actors and designers as well as selected associate guest artists with ties to the local arts community. The mentorship that is created encourages a rapid development of the student’s skills, talent and professional decorum.
Comprehensive training is available that assists the student in the development of skills that are essential to the theatre artist. Through the introductory courses the student will attain a firm foundation in the general practices of theatre and critical analysis techniques. In upper division courses of Theatre History, Performance Techniques, Design and Directing the student gains continued practice and deeper insights into the aesthetic and cultural aspects of theatre in historical and contemporary contexts. If the student pursues a Capstone Project they will work closely with a faculty advisor to explore an area of specific interest.