Award-winning actor, head of the Department of Musical Theater at the University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI – Tony-nominated musical theater actor Michael McElroy has been named president of the School of Music, Theater and Dance at the University of Michigan.

McElroy, whose appointment was approved by the Board of Regents on June 17, will begin his term this fall, succeeding Vincent Cardinal, who has served as president since 2016 and is stepping down to focus exclusively on teaching, according to a statement. university press.

“This is an exciting event for us,” said David Gier, Dean of SMTD. “McElroy brings a trifecta of invaluable experience: as a seasoned artist with 30 years on the Broadway stage, as an educator with impeccable credentials and as a leader working for diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts. from the scene. With this unique experience, he is ideally placed to guide our famous musical theater program into the future at a pivotal time for the theater industry and for higher education.

McElroy, who is also a vocal arranger, composer and leader in creating diversity initiatives for the performing arts, joins SMTD after 10 years as an associate professor of arts at New Studio at New York University in Broadway. In that role, McElroy has been responsible for vocal performance, creating the discipline’s curricula, and director of diversity initiatives for Tisch Drama, a position he created, the statement said.

McElroy is also a founding member of Black Theater United, Musical Dance Professionals in the Academy and Musicians United for Social Equity – all organizations that share a mission to promote more equitable practices in the performing arts, according to the release.

Earlier this year, McElroy received the NYU Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award, which is presented to “outstanding faculty who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through teaching excellence, leadership, activism for social justice and community development ”.

“It’s part of who I am, because I have to deal with these issues,” McElroy said. “Having to face these challenges, I know how it builds resilience, and I’ve come to believe that this is the next iteration of musical theater training: how we develop these skills so that we can truly see and value each. experience lived in space, then engage in a complicated subject through the work.

McElroy’s career began in 1990 after graduating with a theater degree from Carnegie Mellon University. His Broadway credits include “Sunday in the Park With George” (revived in 2017), “Next To Normal”, “Rent” (as Tom Collins), “The Wild Party”, “The Who’s Tommy”, ” Miss Saigon, ”“ Patti LuPone on Broadway, ”“ High Roller Social Pleasure Club ”and“ Big River, ”for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Jim.


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