Award-winning actor Michael McElroy to Lead The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Department of Musical Theatre
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has appointed acclaimed musical theater artist and educator Michael McElroy as the new chair of the school’s top-ranking Department of Musical Theatre.
McElroy, who is also a vocal arranger, composer and a leader in forging diversity initiatives for the performing arts, begins his tenure this fall as the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre. He succeeds Vincent Cardinal, who has served as chair since 2016 and is stepping down to focus exclusively on teaching.
“This is a thrilling appointment for us,” said David Gier, dean of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. “Michael 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 performing arts. With this unique background, he is ideally suited to guide our celebrated musical theater program into the future at a pivotal time for the theater industry and for higher education.”
A Tony-nominated musical theater veteran, McElroy joins SMTD after 10 years at New York University where he was an associate arts professor in the New Studio on Broadway, a musical theater acting studio in undergraduate drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Part of the inaugural faculty that created the studio, he served as head of vocal performance, creating the curricula for the discipline, and as director of diversity initiatives for Tisch Drama, a position that he originated.
Michael McElroy, an award-winning performing artist, educator, vocal arranger, composer and a leader in forging diversity initiatives for the performing arts, begins his tenure this fall as the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance. He is pictured here at the 2019 Tony Awards.