University Programs

UMS believes that experiences with the performing arts can enrich and enliven academic inquiry across all disciplines. As we continue to expand and strengthen our long-standing and distinctive partnership with the University of Michigan, we are committed to creating uncommon learning opportunities for students and faculty both in and outside the classroom.

The Education and Community Engagement Department at UMS contributes to the rich intellectual life of the University of Michigan in a myriad of ways:

  • providing master classes with world-class artists for pre-professional students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Offering our signature course “Engaging Performance” to introduce U-M undergraduate students to the performing arts
  • partnering with the Medical School to animate the Medical Arts program
  • working with dozens of individual faculty members and units on campus to link specific UMS performances to courses across the curriculum.

UMS welcomes opportunities to collaborate with new academic partners and seeks out unexpected connections to enrich the course experience for students and faculty. Please contact Campus Engagement Specialist Shannon Fitzsimons Moen at with questions or ideas.

For Faculty


New! White Papers for Faculty

Over the course of the 2017-18 season, we will be releasing a series of white papers and case studies for U-M faculty members, to support them as they incorporate UMS performances and arts-based learning into their university courses.

Download the first, “How to Incorporate a UMS Performance Into Your Course,” now.

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Course Development Grants

University of Michigan faculty of all disciplines and ranks are invited to propose courses that feature UMS’s 2017-18 programs in their instructional design for our new Course Development Grant program, which supports our goal of more broadly integrating the arts and arts-based learning strategies across the University curriculum.

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UMS will fund 5-8 courses per semester. Faculty fellows will receive $1,000 in salary supplement and $500 in course development funds.

Course development funds can be used towards:

  • Books and other research materials
  • Honoraria for guest speakers
  • Student ticket/admission costs to performances, museums, etc.
  • Transportation costs to/from arts events
  • Other relevant course costs with approval

Grantees will also receive curricular support from UMS Education and Community Engagement Staff, as well as special consideration for interactions with UMS visiting and teaching artists (subject to artist availability).

Application Deadline:

Fall 2017 courses: August 1
Winter 2018 courses: September 22


Classroom Ticket Program

UMS provides $15 tickets to our performances to students and faculty in U-M classes that require attendance at our performances as part of the course design. For certain performances, the number of classroom tickets available may be limited. To arrange classroom tickets for your course, please email

Faculty wishing to further subsidize the cost of tickets for students should seek departmental funding or apply for an Arts at Michigan Course Connections grant. Arts at Michigan provides grants of up to $500 for faculty, staff, or graduate student instructors to incorporate arts-based learning activities into their courses. These funds may be used to buy tickets for students to attend a performance. Please visit the Arts at Michigan site for application information, and well as to learn about additional faculty funding opportunities for arts-integrated learning.

Guides for Faculty: UMS in the Classroom

Each season, we provide a guide for university faculty to our performance season , which suggests curricular connections, contextual resources, and discussion prompts for each of our presentations. New for our 2017-2018 season, this information can be found on the performance page for each performance, under the “Related Events and Resources” heading.

We have also prepared a Course Connections index which lists connections by U-M school.

New Faculty Receptions

Each year, UMS welcomes new faculty members to the University of Michigan by offering them a pair of complimentary tickets to one of two selected UMS performances in the fall semester. Before each performance, new faculty are invited to a reception to learn more about how UMS can enrich their lives both inside and outside the classroom. The deadline to register for this year’s performances has passed.

For Students

Student Tickets

College students get $12 or $20 tickets, depending on seat location. Review full student ticket policy.

Engaging Performance

Every winter semester, UMS offers the course “Engaging Performance” in partnership with LSA and SMTD, team-taught by faculty members in both schools. This course introduces students from all academic disciplines to the performing arts through the lens of 7-8 UMS performances in music, theatre, and dance. Students get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how our performances get made by meeting with UMS staff and artists and participating in hands-on workshops, and hone their skills in writing and speaking about performance. The course is open to any undergraduate student without prerequisite and carries humanities distribution credit.

Information on the Winter 2018 offering of “Engaging Performance” will be available here in October.

Upcoming Courses Engaged with UMS

Each year, dozens of U-M classes across the curriculum incorporate UMS performances into their course design. By using one or more of our live performances in conversation with other texts, faculty and students are able to draw new connections between disciplines.
A list of Fall 2017 courses engaging with UMS performances will be available here in late July.

UMS Affiliated Faculty

Faculty Insight Group

The Faculty Insight Group, representing a broad range of schools and academic disciplines, advises our staff on best practices for arts integrative learning.

  • Mark Clague, Musicology (SMTD)
  • Clare Croft, Dance (SMTD)
  • Philip J. Deloria, History and American Culture (LSA)
  • Angela Dillard, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education; Afroamerican and African Studies and Residential College (LSA)
  • Gillian Eaton, Theatre (SMTD)
  • Linda Gregerson, English (LSA)
  • Marjorie Horton, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education (LSA)
  • Joel Howell, Internal Medicine (Medical School), Health Management and Policy (School of Public Health), History (LSA)
  • Daniel Klionsky, Life Sciences and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (LSA)
  • Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies (LSA)
  • Tim McKay, Physics (LSA), Education (School of Education)
  • Melody Racine, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SMTD), Voice (SMTD)
  • Katie Richards-Schuster, Social Work (School of Social Work)
  • Emily Wilcox, Asian Languages and Cultures (LSA)
Course Development Grantees

Course Development Grants provide faculty members across the U-M campus with funds to integrate UMS performances into new or existing courses in their home discipline.

  • Luciana Aenasoaie, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
  • Hakem Al-Rustom, History
  • Adisa Chaney, Social Work
  • Joel Howell, History/Honors Program/Medical School
  • Christianne Myers, Theatre
Faculty Institute Fellows

Faculty Institute Fellows are LSA faculty members who have completed the UMS Mellon Faculty Institute on Arts Academic Integration, a two-year series of workshops on curriculum development and various arts disciplines,  in order to create or revise a course in their home discipline incorporating UMS performances and arts-based learning strategies.

  • Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Professor of Classical Studies
  • Christine Aidala, Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Naomi Andre, Associate Professor in Women’s Studies, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Associate Director for Faculty at the Residential College; Associate Professor, Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program
  • Gavin Arnall, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Kelly Askew, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Paul Barron, Lecturer of English Language and Literature/Lecturer at Sweetland Writing Center
  •  Netta Berlin, Lecturer, Classical Studies
  • Ruth Caston, Assistant Professor, Classical Studies
  • Deirdre de la Cruz, Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures and History
  • Manan Desai, Assistant Professor of American Culture
  • Scott Ellsworth, Lecturer, Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Jeffrey Evans, Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Counselor, Residential College, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Medical School
  • Ana Fernandez, Lecturer in the Residential College (Visual Arts)
  • Nancy Florida, Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Reighan Gillam, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and African and Afro-American Studies
  • Karein Goertz, Lecturer, Residential College
  • Elizabeth Goodenough, Lecturer, Arts and Ideas, Residential College
  • Hank Greenspan, Lecturer in the Residential College (Psychology)
  • Linda Gregerson, Professor, English Language and Literature
  • Colin Gunckel, Assistant Professor, American Culture and Screen Arts and Cultures
  • Kristin Hass, Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Studies of American Culture
  • Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Associate Professor, History and American Culture
  • Tung-Hui Hu, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature
  • S.E. Kile, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Petra Kuppers, Professor, English Languages and Literatures, Women’s Studies, Art, and Theatre
  • Madhumita Lahiri, Assistant Professor, English, Screen Arts and Cultures
  • Victoria Langland, Associate Professor of History and Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Farina Mir, Associate Professor, History and Director, Center for South Asian Studies)
  • Laura Olsen, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Academic Program Director, Undergraduate Program in Biology, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Adela Pinch, Professor, English and Women’s Studies
  • Ana Sabau Fernandez, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Colleen Seifert, Professor, Psychology
  • Luis Sfeir-Younis, Lecturer in Sociology
  • Martin Strauss, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Carol Tell, Director, Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, and Lecturer, Sweetland Writing Center
  • Kira Thurman, Assistant Professor, German and History
  • Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, Lecturer in Germanic Languages and Literatures/Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Cody Walker, Lecturer, English Language and Literature