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April 14, 2017

UMS in the Classroom: Urban Bush Women


Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at or (734) 764-3903.

UMS is also committed to making our performances an affordable part of the academic experience. Our Classroom Ticket Program provides $15 tickets to students and faculty for performances that are a course requirement. Please email to set up a group order.


This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Afroamerican and African Studies
  • American Culture
  • Anthropology
  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies
  • Composition
  • Theatre & Drama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts Technology
  • Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Social Work



  • How does Hair & Other Stories complicate your understanding of African-American women’s lives? How does the lens of hair provide insight into issues of race, gender and class?
  • Hair & Other Stories is a multi-disciplinary work incorporating theatre and dance; the creative team includes both a theatre director and a choreographer. How did you see the two forms working together to develop the meaning of the work? How might you imagine the collaboration between director and choreographer?