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Oakland Universitys new West Campus (OWC) is located at 1500 University Drive, just two miles west of the main campus. The building is a shared space with Baker College, and houses the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

SMTD students share experiences, issues during Varner renovations

Joe Zerilli and Bella Javier November 9, 2022

A little over two months ago, Oakland University’s West Campus (OWC) opened its doors to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD). The theatre and music departments are mainly utilizing the OWC...

The cast of She Kills Monsters (left) and A New Brain (right).

SMTD presents ‘A New Brain’

Bella Javier, Arts Editor November 2, 2022

“A New Brain” by two Award-winning authors William Finn and James Lapine made its off-Broadway debut in 1998, and is now being welcomed to Oakland University’s Lab Theatre this weekend, Nov. 3-6. Based...

Oakland Universitys new West Campus (OWC) is located at 1500 University Drive, just two miles west of the main campus. The building is a shared space with Baker College, and houses the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Oakland West Campus now open — What you need to know

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor September 21, 2022

Effective at the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester, Oakland University’s new West Campus (OWC) is now in operation and home to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The site — located at 1500...

Varner Halls Lab Theatre  to welcome the student led production In Pieces from Sept 2-4.

‘In Pieces’ — a student-led production

Bella Javier, Arts Editor September 2, 2022

Young love is a universal narrative — one that junior musical theater major Cayla Stus is bringing to the Varner Lab Theatre from Sept. 2-4 with Joey Contreras’s latest musical, “In Pieces.” This...

The final performance of Acis and Galatea concluded on May 15.

School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents ‘Acis and Galatea’

Bella Javier, Arts Editor May 18, 2022

The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance (OU-SMTD) presented George Fredric Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” from May 5 - 8 and May 12 - 15. Originating from a Roman poem about the...

Dance majors performed at their senior recital on April 5 and 6.

Seniors shine one last time at final dance recital

Arianna Heyman, Features Editor April 13, 2022

Four years of hard work paid off for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) dance majors this past week. On April 5 and 6, the seniors in the dance program at Oakland University performed their senior recital...

Due to COVID-19, many piano lessons have shifted to a virtual format.

The challenges (and benefits) of virtual piano lessons during the pandemic

Sarah Gudenau, Features Editor April 6, 2022

Rebecca Happel, applied instructor of music and piano lecturer of Oakland University, was conducting a piano lesson over Zoom. She counted while her student played, but the student was constantly a second...

OUs SMTD performed Pippin from March 30 through April 3 in Varner Studio Theatre.

SMTD’s ‘Pippin’ amazes as last theatre performance of school year

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor April 4, 2022

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance rounded out the semester with its rendition of “Pippin,” which is easily the best show I’ve seen from the school. Filled with harmonizing songs, whimsical humor...

Oakland University may purchase the Baker College Auburn Hills Campus.

OU may purchase Baker College of Auburn Hills for $8.15 million

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor March 23, 2022

Because the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine is at risk of losing accreditation due to lack of classroom space, OU is looking to acquire Baker College of Auburn Hills to reduce...

Marianne (Madeline Daunt) and Elinor (Emily Nichter) in Sense and Sensibility.

SMTD presents: ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor February 14, 2022

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance will kick off the return to campus by putting on a performance of Kate Hamil’s rendition of “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen. The road here wasn’t easy,...

Liv Kunkle won the S.P.A.M. Props Award for her design of the parrot for “How I Became a Pirate.”

OU students showcase talent at Kennedy Center Festival

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor January 26, 2022

Students from the Department of Theatre represented Oakland University with their work at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).  Plays are a big part of the festival,...

OUs SMTD performed Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride on June 24, 2021 in the Varner Hall courtyard. Now, the SMTD is going on tour while the hall is renovated.

SMTD on tour during Varner Hall renovations

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor January 19, 2022

Due to important renovations to Varner Hall, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) — specifically the music and dance department — will be going “on tour” this semester. The SMTD has...

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