The minor in Sport, Media, and Culture (SMAC) invites students to examine the cultural politics of sport from a scholarly point of view, and to practice them with an eye towards social justice and the dignity of every human being.
The SMAC minor offers a diverse array of courses and internship opportunities. Participation is limited but students from any major are welcome to apply. The minor is administered through the Department of American Studies.
The goal of the musical theatre minor is to engage students in both an intellectual and practical introduction to musical theatre. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to the craft while offering opportunities for you to follow your own interests in the art form, both in practice and in theory. It is not a voice-centric minor - you have the ability to take classes that are aligned with your interests. You can structure your program around singing and acting, or around songwriting, or work as conductor/impresario, or stage directing, or scholarship, etc. Admission to introductory classes is not based on performance ability.
Past productions include:
- Video: Cyrano at Notre Dame
- Jesus Christ Superstar (2021)
- Spring Awakening (2018)
- Little Shop of Horrors (2015)
- Cabaret (2013)
Musical Theatre Lab
The MT Lab is a program that curates, workshops, and produces new musicals. Through classes and instruction, you learn to analyze structures of existing musicals, begin writing your own, then pitch your own show for possible production. If the show is selected, the musical enters into the workshop phase of the Lab, preparing the piece for rehearsal, followed by a full production. The Lab process is an opportunity for students to step into artistic leadership roles while experiencing the process of creating new work at a high level.
Past Lab musicals:
Dawn's Early Light (2023)
- Video: Dawn's Early Light
- Stupid Humans (now titled My Heart Says Go and workshopped with Apples and Oranges Studios and The Goodman Theatre)
An Old Family Recipe (a filmed theatrical musical during the COVID pandemic)
- An Old Family Recipe show website
- "Shooting the Feature-Length Film for the Musical, An Old Family Recipe," by William Donaruma, in Student Filmmakers Magazine