What are Forums?

The Department of Theatre and Dance began holding forums in the fall 2020 semester as a way to provide more opportunities for our students to talk to working professionals in the theatre, dance, and entertainment industries. Topics and speakers are chosen by faculty and staff with input from our Student Advisory Board. Though our forums are crafted for our theatre and dance students, any NMU student is welcome to attend. 


Upcoming Forums

Forums have concluded for the fall 2021 semester; check back soon for our winter 2022 forum dates and speakers!


Past Forums


November 12th, 2021

Speaker: Kaitlyn Frotton
Teaching Artist, Actor

NOTE: This forum was a special topics 3-hour Performing Shakespeare masterclass.

October 29th, 2021

Speaker: Lawrence Bennett
Director of Production, Alliance Theatre

October 8th, 2021

Speaker: Karina Johnson
Dancer, Choreographer
Dance Adjunct Instructor, NMU

September 17th, 2021

Speaker: Bear Bellinger
Actor, Writer, Advocate
Actors' Equity Association

April 23rd, 2021

Speaker: Hunter Foster
UrinetownThe Bridges of Madison County, Little Shop of HorrorsThe Producers

March 19th, 2021

Speaker: Michael Detroit ('85)
Executive Producer, Playhouse on the Square
Audition Coordinator, Unified Professional Theatre Auditions

February 19th, 2021

Speaker: Mark Lunsford
Artistic Producer, American Repertory Theatre