University of Michigan Educational Theatre Company (UMetc) is an applied theater ensemble committed to transforming the “college experience” at the University of Michigan. As a theater troupe invested in furthering our community values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we prioritize opportunities that intentionally work to make our campus a welcoming place for everyone. Under the direction of Amanda Grace Ewing, UMetc works primarily with all new student orientations, including programming specifically for new First-Year, Transfer, and International students. We also partner with Student Life at the University of Michigan to bring all of our first-year students Change It Up!, a required workshop on building skills in bystander intervention with focus areas in social identity, microaggressions and sexual assault prevention. With an ever expanding portfolio of engagements around campus, we employ a company of over 50 student actors, where we cultivate a community that cares. We are always looking for opportunities to grow our community and expand the work we do on campus.
UMetc maintains three separate ensembles: the Engage, Teach, and Connect companies. The Engage ensemble responds to unique requests within Student Life, the Teach ensemble performs Change it Up workshops, and the Connect ensemble performs orientation programming. We have two audition opportunities for students interested in being a part of UMetc: Fall and Spring/Summer. For the fall auditions, we are looking for students to be a part of Enage and Teach Companies. In the Spring/Summer auditions, we look to cast for Connect ensemble. Find more information on our website.