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April 29, 2016

Artist Internships for 21st Century: 2015-16 Students


The fast changing environment of the 21st century poses new demands on artists. They must reach potential audiences in innovative and unexpected ways. To address these needs, the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance and University Musical Society (SMTD and UMS) launched a new student arts internship program for four SMTD undergraduate students in the summer of 2015. Chosen through a competitive application process, each student fellow interned for a minimum of five weeks between May and August 2015 with a professional dance, theater, or music ensemble that UMS planned presented during the 2015-16 season. The program will continue and we’re currently selecting fellows for next season.

Meet the students

tsukumo niwa and taylor macTsukumo Niwa worked with the theater artist Taylor Mac and the production company Pomegranate Arts. See photos from her internship and watch behind the scenes video.

evan-saddler-200x200-091415Evan Saddler worked with the New York Philharmonic. See photos from his internship and watch video highlights from the orchestra’s residency in Ann Arbor.

christina-maxwell-200x200Christina Maxwell worked with the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. See photos from her internship and watch as she performs the classic Mariachi song “Besame Mucho.”

meri-bobber-200x200Meri Bobber worked with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. See photos from her internship and read her essay about the choreography of William Forsythe.

Interested in more? Explore internship experiences from past seasons.