U-M Gift Targets Theater & Drama



University of Michigan Regent Andrea Fischer Newman and her husband, Frank Newman, made a gift of $1 million to support three critical areas within the Department of Theatre & Drama at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD).

Andrea Fischer Newman and Frank Newman

 The gift provides holistic support by funding scholarships, a facility upgrade and the “senior theater showcase” that introduces graduating actors to theater professionals in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

“Frank and I were thrilled to be able to make this gift to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance,” said Andrea Fisher Newman. “Scholarship support is the top priority of Michigan’s Victors for Michigan campaign and having exceptional facilities is critical to the training of all performing artists.

“We’re also very excited about supporting the theater showcase; it is invaluable in exposing our outstanding theater students to entertainment industry professionals looking for new talent. This career-enhancing program is a great example of the Michigan difference in facilitating the transition from undergraduate achievement to professional success.”

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