Each year the School of Theatre & Dance produces at least five mainstage productions on the Montana and Masquer stages. Design and tech positions for all shows are filled with students or/and faculty/staff from the School of Theatre & Dance.
Design/tech students also work and tour with Montana Repertory Theatre on their national tour, local productions, and their educational outreach tour. Other opportunities for our students include productions with the School of Music and the School of Visual and Media Arts as well as working with touring shows that come to campus through UM Productions and other local dance and theatre companies.
For upcoming productions see School of Theatre and Dance home page.
Montana State High School Thespian Conference
Each year the School of Theatre & Dance hosts the Montana State High School Thespian Conference in the Performing Arts/Radio Television Center on campus. High school students from all over the state come to Missoula for two days of immersion in theatre activities.
* Students perform plays for adjudication on the Montana Theater stage, complete with sets, costumes and props.
* We hold auditions and portfolio reviews to award scholarships for freshmen who plan to enroll at The University of Montana in the fall.
* Students attend a banquet followed by a full-scale performance by the Montana Repertory Theatre (the professional theatre-in-residence at UM).
* On Saturday, undergraduate and graduate students of the School offer special workshops in acting, dance and design and theatre technology.
For full info on the Thespian Festival http://montanastatethespians.org/home.html
Professionals Weekend, which occurs a weekend or two prior to the beginning of Spring Term (or sometimes the first weekend of Spring Term), is a chance for actors and designers/technicians to seek summer work and an opportunity for our faculty and staff to network with area professionals. Invitations are extended to most of the state and region’s professional theatre artists representing over two dozen entities; fifteen companies attend on average each year. Typically, offers for summer employment are made to more than 30 student actors, designers, or technicians after each PW. As part of their training, all BFA and MFA theatre students are required to present their portfolio and interview at Professionals Weekend, even if they are not seeking summer employment.
MFAs and BFAs students in Design and Technology are required to present their portfolios multiple times every year. Portfolio reviews follow different formats. The first portfolio review held in September requires BFA seniors and MFAs to present a digital portfolio. In December all MFAs and BFAs present in URTA format in the scene shop. Freshman and transfer present a physical portfolio in the seminar room in an interview format. In late January all BFAs and MFAs present portfolios to interview for professional weekend. In May all students present a physical portfolio in the seminar room in an interview format. All students are required to work on their resume and have it ready for each portfolio reviews.