List of University of Michigan arts alumni
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|Academic unit key|
|BUS||Ross School of Business|
|COE||College of Engineering|
|DENT||School of Dentistry|
|GFSPP||Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy|
|HHRS||Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies|
|LSA||College of LS&A|
|SMTD||School of Music, Theatre and Dance|
|PHARM||School of Pharmacy|
|SED||School of Education|
|SNRE||School of Natural Resources|
|SOAD||The Stamps School of Art & Design|
|SOI||School of Information|
|SON||School of Nursing|
|SOK||School of Kinesiology|
|SOSW||School of Social Work|
|SPH||School of Public Health|
|MDNG||Matriculated, did not graduate|
This is a list of arts-related alumni from the University of Michigan.
- Daniel Aaron (BA 1933) “…may be the most eminent living critic of American literature and culture.” He is the author of many articles and books, including, Men of Good Hope: A Story of American Progressives, The Unwritten War: Writers of the Civil War and, with Richard Hofstadter and William Miller, The Structure of American History, all books that have appeared in numerous editions.
- Uwem Akpan (M.F.A. 2007), Jesuit priest and Nigerian author. Akpan's 2008 book "Say You're One of Them" contains fictional accounts of people seeking normality in the face of often extreme circumstances. "Say You're One of Them" won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book and the PEN/Beyond Margins Award.
- Max Apple, (BA 1963). Author of: The Oranging of America (1976, short stories), Zip: A Novel of the Left and the Right (1978, novel), Three Stories (1983, short stories), Free Agents (1984, novel), The Propheteers: A Novel (1987, novel), Roommates: My Grandfather's Story (1994, biography, of Apple's grandfather)
- Robert Arthur, Jr., (BA 1930), writer, novelist, editor. Created the juvenile "The Three Investigators" mystery series and worked on the anthology TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".
- Sven Birkerts, (A.B. 1973), Essayist and author of The Gutenberg Elegies
- Michael Byers (MFA) is an American writer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Jose Y. Dalisay Jr. (MFA 1988) (born January 15, 1954) is a Filipino writer.
- Mary Gaitskill, Bad Behavior (1988), Two Girls, Fat and Thin (1991), Because They Wanted To (1997) (stories), Veronica (2005).
- Josh Greenfeld, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and author of A Child Called Noah trilogy.
- Judith Guest, (B.A. 1959), wrote Ordinary People, which was later turned into an Academy Award winning film.
- Aaron Hamburger (B.A. 1995) (born 1973) is an American writer best known for his short story collection The View from Stalin's Head (2004) and novel Faith for Beginners (2005). The View from Stalin's Head was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome. His next book, Faith for Beginners, is a novel about a dysfunctional family vacation in Jerusalem, and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
- Gabrielle Hamilton (MFA) owner/manager of Prune restaurant in Manhattan, and author of Blood Bones and Butter. Recipient of the James Beard award for best chef.
- Robert Hayden, (MA 1944), Professor of Poetry 1969-1980.
- Matthew Hittinger (M.F.A. 2004) he is the author of the poetry collection Skin Shift (2012), and the chapbooks Pear Slip (2007) winner of the Spire Press 2006 Chapbook Award.
- James Avery Hopwood, (AB 1905), playwright, established the U-M Hopwood Awards (won by Arthur Miller and Lawrence Kasdan, q.v.). One of the premier playwrights of the jazz age and had, at one time, 4 plays running simultaneously on Broadway.
- Randa Jarrar (born 1978 in Chicago) is a Palestinian-American novelist, short story writer, and translator.
- Laura Kasischke, (M.F.A. 1987) author and Guggenheim award winner, In a Perfect World ;Suspicious River ; White Bird in a Blizzard ; The Life Before Her Eyes ; Boy Heaven ;Be Mine ;Feathered
- Jane Kenyon, (B.A 1970, M.A. 1972), poet and wife of former Michigan Professor Donald Hall, U.S. Poet Laureate.
- Elizabeth Kostova, (M.F.A. 2004), writer. Her first novel, The Historian, was published in 2005, and has become a best-seller.
- Janet Malcolm, 1955, was a writer for The New Yorker and wrote In the Freud Archives.
- Sebastian Matthews (MFA) is an American poet, and writer.
- Thomas McGuane (MDNG), novelist
- Nami Mun is a Korean American novelist and short story writer.
- Patrick O'Keeffe, (MFA), winner of the Chamberlain Award for Creative Writing for Above the Bar. (administered by the Hopwood Program) and instructor in the University of Michigan's Sweetland Writing Center has won the 2006 Story Prize, the richest U.S. prize for short fiction, for The Hill Road, a collection of four novellas set in a fictional Irish farming village. O'Keeffe's writing has been compared to the Irish short-story and novel writer William Trevor. Mr. O'Keeffe received the 2006 Whiting Writers Award at a ceremony October 25 at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City
- Frank O’Hara, (M.A. 1951). Author of: A City Winter and Other Poems,Oranges: 12 pastorals, Second Avenue, Odes, Lunch Poems. Love Poems.
- Susan Olasky, (AB 1975), author.
- Susan Orlean, (AB 1976), wrote The Orchid Thief. The book was made into the movie Adaptation.
- Marge Piercy, (AB 1957), wrote Braided Lives and Fly Away Home. Hopwood Program award winner.
- Matthew Rohrer (BA) American poet and Hopwood Award winner.
- Ari Roth playwright and Artistid Director of Theater J
- Ruth L. Schwartz (MFA 14985) is an American poet.
- Allen Seager, author, Amos Berry and A Frieze of Girls
- John Sinclair (B.A. 1964) (born October 2, 1941 in Flint, Michigan, United States) is an American poet from Detroit, one-time manager of the band MC5
- Betty Smith, (1921–22, 1927, 1931), author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- Nancy Willard(BA, Ph.D).In 1982, she received the Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake's Inn.
- Edmund White, (AB 1962), wrote for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
- Stewart Edward White,(Ph.D., 1895; M.A., 1903). Author
Art, architecture, design
- James Baird Civil engineer. Directed the construction of the Flatiron Building, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Memorial Amphitheater, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- Bill Barrett, (B.S. 1958, M.S., M.F.A.) sculptor and painter
- John W. F. Bennett Civil engineer. Supervised the construction of important buildings in New York and London, including the Algonquin Hotel in New York and the Ritz and Waldorf Hotels in London.
- Charles Correa (ARCH: B.Arch. 1953); Honorary Doctor of Architecture degree from the UM in 1980.
- John De Lorean (BUS: MBA 1957) - GM Group Vice President and Designer of the "back to the future" gull-wing automobile
- John Dinkeloo - Civil Engineer and partner of 1982 Pritzker Prize laureate Kevin Roche in the firm Roche-Dinkeloo.
- Alden B. Dow (b. April 10, 1904, Midland, Michigan – d. August 20, 1983) was an American architect; he was the son of Herbert Henry Dow (founder of the Dow Chemical Company) and Grace A. Dow.
- Dan Dworsky (ARCH: B.Arch. 1950). Designed the University's Crisler Arena as well as the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles; varsity football starting team at Michigan, 1945-1948 (including the national championship teams in 1947 and 1948); played professionally for the Los Angeles Dons in 1949. Member, Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; All Time 50 year Rose Bowl Team.
- Tony Fadell (COE: BSE CompE 1991) - "Father" of the Apple iPod.
- Jesse Frohman (B.A. Economics) is an internationally known photographer who lives and works in New York City.
- Mike Kelley (BFA 1976) Became bad boy gross out artist in L.A. in the style of Paul McCarthy.
- Richard Keyes (SOAD: BA Design 1957) Professor Emeritus at Long Beach City College, after a 30-year career there teaching life drawing and painting.
- Tristan Meinecke (c.1942, did not graduate), painter, writer, architect.
- Charles Willard Moore (ARCH: B.Arch 1947), 1992 Hon Arch D. Designer of Lurie Tower on Michigan's North Campus. Winner of the AIA Gold Medal in 1991.
- Robert Nickle (AB 1943) (b. 1919, Saginaw, Michigan - d. 1980) was an influential 20th Century American artist known primarily for his "street scrap" collage work. Nickle studied architecture and design at Michigan. Nickle worked and taught primarily in Chicago, Illinois where he was affiliated with the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Ralph Rapson (September 13, 1914, Alma, Michigan – March 29, 2008, Minneapolis, Minnesota) was the head of architecture at the University of Minnesota for many years. He was one of the world's oldest practicing architects at his death at age 93, and also one of the most prolific.
- Warren M. Robbins (MFA) was an American art collector, whose collection of African art led to the formation of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution.
- Bernard "Tony" Rosenthal (B.A. 1936) sculptor of the abstract
- Raoul Wallenberg (ARCH: B.Arch 1935): Swedish diplomat famous for assisting Hungarian Jews in late World War II.
- Eric Staller (B.A. 1971) (Artist Architecture)
- Stephen Fung Tak-Lun (B.A. 1992): Hong Kong based actor, singer, model, writer and film director.
Arts and entertainment
- Libby Appel the fourth artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- Wyatt Bardouille, (BS 1997), producer/director of Dominica: Charting a Future for Paradise.
- Forman Brown (BA 1922) Forman's Yale Puppeteers, which he established upon graduating from University of Michigan, opened a puppet theatre in Los Angeles in the 1920s which attracted celebrity attention and support from some of Hollywood's biggest names, i.e. Greta Garbo, Marie Dressler, and Douglas Fairbanks, as well as other notable figures including Albert Einstein.
- Hal Cooper, (BA 1946), was a TV producer/director for “Maude,” “Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Mayberry RFD,” “That Girl,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Empty Nest.”
- Valentine Davies, (BA 1927), was a screenwriter for “Miracle on 34th Street.”
- Lillian Gallo (BA) 1978 winner of a Crystal Award, and award established in 1977 to honor outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.
- Megan Ganz (B.A. 2006) is an American comedy writer and former associate editor of The Onion.
- Jon Glaser, (BA) writer, comedian
- Richard Glatzer (1952–March 11, 2015) was an American writer and director whose credits include Still Alice
- Jonathan Glickman, (BA 1991), President of Spyglass Entertainment and producer of Rush Hour (1998 film) series.
- Jon Hein, (BA 1989), creator of the popular Jump the Shark website.
- Adam Herz, (BA 1996) writer and producer of American Pie
- Max Hodge, (BA 1939), was a TV writer for “Wild, Wild West,” “Mission Impossible,” “Marcus Welby” and “The Waltons.”
- Lawrence Kasdan, (BA 1970, MA 1972), studied creative writing and won four Hopwood Awards. Best known for his work on the Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Aviva Kempner (A.B.) director and screenwriter
- Maryam Keshavarz (M.A.) filmmaker
- Philip N. Krasne, (B.A, 1927) producer of the later Charlie Chan films and the Cisco Kid television series.
- David Levien, (BA 1989), co-wrote and co-directed “The Knockaround Guys,” a movie about the sons of New York gangsters. Levien also co-wrote the poker movie “Rounders,” which starred Matt Damon.
- Robert McKee, (B.A.) is a creative writing instructor.
- Marian Mercer played role of Nancy Beebe on It's a Living; Tony 1968 for Promises, Promises; Empty Nest Ursula Dietz (1992–94); It's a Living Nancy Beebe (1980–89); St. Elsewhere Eve Leighton (1983–86); Out on a Limb (4-Sep-1992) ; Murder in Three Acts (30-Sep-1986) ;Nine to Five (19-Dec-1980) ; Oh, God! Book II (3-Oct-1980) ; John and Mary (14-Dec-1969)
- David Newman, (BA 1958, MA 1959), was a screenwriter for Superman I, II, III, Bonnie & Clyde, What's Up Doc? and Still of the Night.
- Leslie Newman, (BA 1958), was a screenwriter for Superman.
- Jeff Marx, (BA 1993), is a composer and lyricist of musicals. He is best known for creating the Broadway musical Avenue Q with collaborator Robert Lopez. Together, they wrote the show’s 21 songs.
- Dudley Nichols, (MDNG: 1914-1917), was a screenwriter for For Whom the Bell Tolls, Stagecoach, the Oscar winning The Informer, and Bringing up Baby
- Jack O'Brien, (AB 1961, MA 1962), is a Broadway producer of "The Full Monty" and "Hairspray," for which he won a Tony in 2003. He also was the producer of "His Girl Friday" in London for the National Theatre of Great Britain.
- Paul Osborn was an American playwright and screenwriter best known for writing the screen adaptation of East of Eden. He received a Tony award in 1980 for best Broadway revival in 1980 for his play about four sisters, ``Morning`s at Seven,`` which originally opened on Broadway in 1939.
- Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (BFAs 2007) - American musical theatre writing team.
- Kerri Pomarolli (BFA, 1996) - Comedian
- John Rich, (BA 1948, MA 1949), was an Emmy award winning producer for Maude, That Girl, Mayberry RFD, and MacGyver
- Norman Rosten (M.A. 1936) was an American poet, playwright, novelist and Guggenheim award winner.
- Davy Rothbart (born April 11, 1975) is an author, filmmaker, contributor to This American Life, and the editor/publisher of Found Magazine.
- Allen Rucker, writer and television producer
- Jeffrey Seller, (BA 1986), is a Broadway producer and three-time Tony Award winner for Best Musical (Rent in 1996, Avenue Q in 2004, and In the Heights in 2008).
- Robert Shaye (BUS: BBA 1960) - Founder and Co-Chairman, New Line Cinema. Produced The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Initially ridiculed for backing the costly fantasy trilogy—it was easily the most expensive project New Line had ever undertaken— Shaye laughed all the way to the bank. The franchise racked up $2.92 billion at the box office, took home 17 Academy Awards
- Ron Sproat (MA) created character Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows
- Roger L. Stevens, (MDNG: 1928-1930, HLLD 1964), was a stage producer for West Side Story, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Man for All Seasons and Annie.
- Christopher Yost, (BA 1995), is a screenwriter for Thor: The Dark World and Max Steel
Literature and graphic arts
- Saladin Ahmed (B.A.) is an Arab-American science fiction and fantasy writer and poet.
- Jennifer Allison (BA) is an American author of mystery novels who is best known as the author of the Gilda Joyce children's series of books.
- Robert Asprin, (MDNG: 1964-1965). Science-fiction and fantasy author.
- Kevin Boyle (Ph.D.) is an author and professor of history. His 2004 book, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, won the National Book Award.
- Lloyd Dangle (BFA 1983) cartoonist
- Neal Gabler, (LAW: JD), as a student at the University of Michigan in the late 1960s, he filed so often for the Michigan Daily that, at its 50th anniversary, he was cited as having produced more column inches than anyone else in the paper's history. Author: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood was published in 1989; Winchell: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity (1994); Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality (1998); Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination (2006).
- Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr., (A.B. 1933), wrote Cheaper by the Dozen.
- Cathy Guisewite, (BA 1972), author, creator of Cathy comic strip
- Daniel Lyons (MFA 1992) is an American writer. He was a senior editor at Forbes magazine and a writer at Newsweek. He is currently editor of ReadWrite.
- Ross Macdonald, (MA 1942, PhD 1952), wrote the Lew Archer Mystery Series
- Dwayne McDuffie (BA, MA) cartoonist and fantasy author
- Richelle Mead (BA) bestselling American fantasy author
- Brad Meltzer, (BA 1992), author of several popular novels and creator of TV series Jack and Bobby.
- Allen "Al" Milgrom (BA 1972) is an American comic book writer, penciller, inker and editor, primarily for Marvel Comics. He is known for his ten-year run as editor of Marvel Fanfare; his long involvement as writer, penciler, and inker on Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man; his four-year tenure as West Coast Avengers penciller; and his long stint as the inker of X-Factor.
- Bich Minh Nguyen (MFA) is an American novelist. She won a 2010 American Book Award, for Short Girls.
- Jim Ottaviani (MA nuclear engineering) is the author of several comic books about the history of science. His best-known work, Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists, features biographical stories about Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, and several stories about physicist Richard Feynman.
- Otto Penzler (born July 8, 1942) is an editor of mystery fiction in the United States, and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, where he lives.
- Elwood Reid (MFA) is an American novelist and short-story writer.
- Kathryn Reiss (MFA) is an American author of award-winning children's and young adult fiction.
- Jason Rubin is an American video game director, comic book creator, and Internet company founder. He is best known for the Crash Bandicoot series of games which were produced by Naughty Dog.
- William Shawn, (MDNG: 1925-1927) The New Yorker editor from 1952–1987
- Porter Shreve (MFA) is an American author, and professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Purdue University.
- Chris Van Allsburg, (BA 1972), author and illustrator, best known for Jumanji and The Polar Express. Both books were made into films, with Jumanji starring Robin Williams, and Polar Express starring Tom Hanks
- Sam Viviano, (A.B. 1975). Art Director and sometime cover illustrator for MAD magazine.
- Nina Davuluri, (BS 2011), is the first Indian American to be crowned Miss America (Miss America 2014). She is also the first to perform a Bollywood dance on the Miss America stage.
- The Arbors, 1960s pop group (all four members; group named after Ann Arbor, Michigan)
- Clarice Assad, (MA) Her master’s thesis concerto has been recorded by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
- Chris Bathgate (BFA) (born April 21, 1982) is an American indie folk singer-songwriter and musician. He is prominent in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti folk music scene in Michigan.*Don Blum, (BA 1994) drummer in the band The Von Bondies
- Janai Brugger (MM) Operatic soprano.
- Evan Chambers (Ph.D.) composer, traditional Irish fiddler, and Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan
- Michelle Chamuel Member of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based band Ella Riot. Runner-up on season 4 of The Voice
- Stephen Chatman (DMA 1977) is an American composer residing in Canada.
- Pius Cheung (Chinese name: 張鈞量) (Ph.D.) is a marimbist and composer, called " a young Chinese-Canadian virtuoso," by the New York Times.
- Robert Cogan (M.M. 1952) is an American music theorist, composer and teacher.
- David Daniels (MM 1992), countertenor
- Joe Dassin, (Ph.D.) French singer
- Aaron Dworkin (M.A. 1998) is an African American violinist, and music educator.
- Michael Fabiano (B.M. 2005) is an operatic tenor.
- Gabriela Lena Frank (D.M.A. 2001) composer and Guggenheim award winner
- George Frayne (BFA, MFA) founder of music group Commander Cody
- Alexander Frey (BMUS, MMUS) conductor, pianist, organist, harpsichordist and composer
- Jay Gorney (LS&A: BA 1917; LAW: 1919) Composer, Songwriter: Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
- Muriel Costa-Greenspon, (AB, MA), a mezzo-soprano who "… stood as one of New York City Opera's most valuable players for thirty years…"…"…was adored by audiences for her zesty performing style and admired by composers, conductors and singing colleagues for her intelligent, committed musicianship and incisive singing." Born in Detroit, a daughter of deaf parents.
- Tally Hall, band named after a shopping plaza in Michigan.
- Tim Handley (producer), Grammy Award 2006 Leonard Slatkin (conductor), Jerry Blackstone, William Hammer, Jason Harris, Christopher Kiver, Carole Ott, & Marie Alice Stollack (choir directors), Christine Brewer and Joan Morris & University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra for Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
- Joe Henry, Singer/Songwriter music producer.
- Katt Hernandez, (B.F.A. 1997), Improvising violinist, microtonalist, and Maverick, toured the Country with Vashti Bunyan, and created new techniques for string multi-phonics and microtonal harmonics.
- Robert James (B.A., M.A.) (born December 25, 1939) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and producer.
- Laurence Kaptain (DMA) is an American symphonic cimbalom artist.
- Mike Kelley (BA 1976)(1954 - February 1, 2012), a contemporary American artist.
- James Kibbie (DMA 1981), Concert organist, recording artist and Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan.
- Martin Kierszenbaum (also known by his pseudonym of Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, Kirschbaum being German for cherry tree) is head of A&R at Interscope Records and president of Interscope's subsidiary imprint Cherrytree Records. He is a songwriter and producer as well as A&R for Lady Gaga, Sting, Keane, Tokio Hotel, Feist, Far East Movement and Natalia Kills. He has co-written songs for Lady Gaga, t.A.T.u., Flipsyde, Tokio Hotel, Ai, Alexandra Burke and Colby O'Donis.
- Fred LaBour (M.A.) a musician and instrumental in the spread of the Paul is Dead urban legend.
- Andrew Lippa (BA 1987), lyricist and composer.
- Hollis Urban Lester Liverpool (Ph.D. ethnomusicology), better known as Chalkdust (born 1941), calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago and ethnomusicologist at the University of the Virgin Islands.
- David T. Little is an American composer and drummer known for his orchestral and operatic works
- Normand Lockwood was an American composer born in New York, New York. He studied composition at the University of Michigan from 1921–1924. Winner of a Guggenheim award.
- Madonna (Madonna Ciccone, MDNG: 1976-1978), singer and actress.
- George W. Meyer (Ph.D. 1941) aka Geo. W. Meyer was an American Tin Pan Alley songwriter and a Guggenheim award winner.
- Randy Napoleon, (BFA 1999) jazz guitarist.
- Niagara (born August 23, 1956) is a musician and a painter. She was the lead vocalist of the punk rock bands Destroy All Monsters and Dark Carnival.
- Nomo is a band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The band formed at the University of Michigan,
- Jessye Norman, (MUSIC: MMUS 1968; HSCD 1987), is an opera/concert singer.
- Sean Panikkar (B.M.,M.M.) is an opera singer, and a member of the classical crossover group Forte Tenors.
- Felix Pappalardi, musician, record producer. He received the Tony for best Broadway revival in 1980 for his play about four sisters, ``Morning`s at Seven,`` which originally opened on Broadway in 1939.
- Richard Perry (BA 1964) is an American music producer.
- Nicholas Phan tenor, performer of oratorio and opera.
- Iggy Pop, (James Osterberg, Jr. MDNG: 1963-1964) rock star
- Mark Powell, (BM 1992) American conductor, composer, and music educator, founder of ARCO - The American Radio Chamber Orchestra
- Daniel Bernard Roumain, (Ph. D.), composer and performer, the self-styled "Dred Violinist"
- Ella Riot, a band formed by Michigan undergraduates who invented the category "DanceThink Music," which is meant to stimulate the feet and the brain.
- David Shayman, a.k.a. Disco D, (BUS: BBA 2002) helped pioneer Detroit booty music and later gave it the "ghettotech" moniker; producer of hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall tracks.
- Vienna Teng (b. October 3, 1978, Saratoga, California) is a Taiwanese American pianist and singer-songwriter based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her birth name is Cynthia Yih Shih. Teng has released four studio albums: Waking Hour (2002), Warm Strangers (2004), Dreaming Through The Noise (2006), and Inland Territory (2009). She has also released one live album, The Moment Always Vanishing (2009), on which she is double-billed with her percussionist, Alex Wong.
- Thomas Tyra, (MUSIC: Ph.D. 1971), musician
- Sam Valenti IV, founder, in 1999, of Ghostly International an American independent record label.
- Sachal Vasandani, jazz vocalist.
- Aleksandra Vrebalov (MUSIC: Ph.D.) is a Serbian composer based in New York City.
- David Was (David Weiss, B.A. 1974), musician/producer, Was (Not Was) and music critic and commentator.
- Don Was (Don Fagenson, MDNG: 1970-1971), record producer, Blue Note Records president and musician, Was (Not Was).
- Julia Wolfe, an American composer
- Jack Yellen (BA 1913) - American lyricist and screenwriter, Two of his most recognized songs, still popular in the 21st century, are "Happy Days Are Here Again" and "Ain't She Sweet." ASCAP Board of Directors (1951–69); Songwriters Hall of Fame 1972
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- John Briley, (BA 1951, MA 1952), won the Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay “Gandhi.”
- Valentine Davies was an American film and television writer, producer, and director. Miracle on 34th Street earned him an Academy Award for Best Story.
- Charles Crawford Davis (COE: 1916) was awarded an "Oscar" from the Academy of Motion Pictures in 1948 for his invention of the Davis Drive System, an approved and widely accepted system for merging sound with pictures and driving the film through the movie cameras and projectors.
- Michael Dunn (actor) (MDNG) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1966 for "Ship of Fools."
- John M. Eargle (M.M. 1954) was an Oscar and Grammy-winning audio engineer and a musician (piano and church and theater organ).
- Michael Epstein, (B.Arch). Also winner of two George Foster Peabody Awards, an Emmy and a Writers Guild.
- Gary Gilbert (BBA) The Kids Are All Right (nominated, Best Picture). Producer and the founder and president of Gilbert Films, a motion picture production and financing company based in Los Angeles, California.
- James Earl Jones, (BFA 1955), actor, the voice of "Darth Vader" in the Star Wars movies, winner of two Tony Awards and an honorary Oscar.
- Lawrence Edward "Larry" Kasdan (MA) The Big Chill (nominated, screenplay), Grand Canyon (nominated, screenplay), The Accidental Tourist (nominated, screenplay; Best Picture)Grand Canyon won the Golden Bear at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.
- Christine Lahti, (BFA 1972), actress, winner of the Academy Award, an Emmy, and two Golden Globe awards.
- Kurt Luedtke Out of Africa (winner - Writing Adapted Screenplay)
- Arthur Miller (B.A. 1938) Nominated for The Crucible. The play was adapted for film twice, by Jean-Paul Sartre as the 1957 film Les Sorcières de Salem and by Miller himself as the 1996 film The Crucible. Miller's adaptation earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay based on Previously Produced Material, his only nomination.
- John Nelson won an Academy award for Best Visual Effects for the film Gladiator
- Dudley Nichols - nominated three times, for Best Screenplay for "The Long Voyage Home" in 1941, for Best Original Screenplay for "Air Force" in 1944 and for Best Story and Screenplay (Written Directly for the Screen) for "The Tin Star" in 1958. No "three times' the charm" here. He won once—for Best Screenplay for "The Informer" in 1936, but initially refused the honor due to an ongoing writer’s strike.
- George Finkel, (BA 1958), TV Sports Producer for NBC Sports 1971-1990. Won 3 Emmy awards.
- Dan Glickman, (BA 1966), President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
- Stanley Bahorek (BFA 2003) is an American actor.
- Rick Bayless is an American chef who specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with modern interpretations. He is perhaps best known for his PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time.
- Michael Bellavia, (BS 1991), Emmy Award winning President Animax Entertainment
- Selma Blair, (BA 1994), actress, known for Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde
- Zachary Booth (BFA 2004) (born 1983) is an American actor.
- Sophina Brown (BFA) appears as a regular in the cast of Numb3rs in 2008
- David Burtka (BFA 1997) is an American actor and chef. He also serves as an entertainment news correspondent for E! News.
- Bruno Campos (LAW) (born December 3, 1973) is a Brazilian-born United States-based actor, best known for his role as Dr. Quentin Costa on the Golden Globe Award-winning television show Nip/Tuck.
- Esther K. Chae, (MA), actress
- Jessica Cauffiel (SMTD: BFA) actress
- Gavin Creel, (BFA 1998), Tony Award-nominated actor
- Darren Criss (BFA 2009), Actor, singer-songwriter, and cast member of Glee, as well as a member of StarKid Productions
- Ann B. Davis, (BFA 1948), a two-time Emmy award winner, played the secretary in The Bob Cummings Show and the live-in maid Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch
- Donald Alan "Don" Diamond (B.A. 1942) (June 4, 1921 – June 19, 2011) was an American radio, film, and television actor probably most famous for his comic portrayal as Crazy Cat, sidekick and heir apparent to Chief Wild Eagle on the popular 1960s television sitcom, F Troop.
- Erin Dilly is an American actress. She is most noted for her portrayal of Truly Scrumptious in the 2005 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award.
- Michael Dunn (MDNG) AKA Gary Neil Miller. His filmography as actor includes: The Mutations (25-Sep-1974); Murders in the Rue Morgue (Sep-1971); Boom (26-May-1968) ;No Way to Treat a Lady (20-Mar-1968) ; Madigan (13-Mar-1968) ;You're a Big Boy Now (9-Dec-1966); Ship of Fools (29-Jul-1965).Dunn was probably best known for his recurring role as mad scientist Dr. Miguelito Loveless, perpetually pursued by Secret Service agents James West and Artemus Gordon in the 1960s TV series The Wild Wild West.
- Barrett Foa (BFA 1999) is an American actor best known for his role as Eric Beale on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles.
- Hunter Foster, (BFA 1992), Tony Award-nominated actor
- David Alan Grier, (BA 1978), actor/comedian
- Alexander Gemignani, actor/tenor
- Avery Hopwood (A.B. 1905), one of the most successful playwrights of the Jazz Age
- Ruth Hussey (1911–2005), actress
- Stephanie Izard (B.A.) is an American chef residing in Chicago, Illinois, and was the winner of the fourth season of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show.
- Gregory Jbara (MDNG: 1979-1981), Tony award winning actor
- Tusshar Kapoor, (BBA) an actor in Indian cinema
- Andrew Keenan-Bolger, (B.F.A. 2007) known for the role of Crutchy in Disney's Newsies, as well as for his video blog, "Andrew's Blog"
- Celia Keenan-Bolger (BFA 2007) Broadway actress who originated the role of Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She also starred as Éponine in the revival of Les Misérables
- Nancy Kovack (b. March 11, 1935, Flint, Michigan) is an American actress. She attended the University of Michigan at age 15 and graduated by 19. At the age of 20 she had won eight beauty titles. She has appeared on a number of TV episodes, including Star Trek, Bewitched, Batman, Perry Mason, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Burke's Law. In 1969 she was nominated for an Emmy for an appearance on Mannix. She also had parts in Strangers When We Meet (1960), Diary of a Madman (1963) with Vincent Price, The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) with The Three Stooges, Sylvia (1965), Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), and Frankie and Johnny (1966).
- Mark Lenard (MA) Ambassador Sarek on Star Trek; Here Come the Brides Aaron Stempel (1968–69); Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (6-Dec-1991) ; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (26-Nov-1986) ; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1-Jun-1984) ; Star Trek: The Motion Picture (7-Dec-1979) ; Getting Married (17-May-1978) ;Annie Hall (20-Apr-1977) ;Hang 'Em High (31-Jul-1968) ; The Greatest Story Ever Told (15-Feb-1965)
- Matt Letscher (BA 1992) Film and TV actor. Played Capt. Love in The Mask of Zorro.
- Lucy Liu, (BFA 1990), actress, best known for work in Ally McBeal, "Elementary" and for the movie versions of Charlie's Angels
- Michael L. Maguire (born February 20, 1955) is an American actor, best known for his role as Enjolras in the original Broadway production of the musical Les Misérables. This role won him a Tony Award in 1987.
- Strother Martin, (BA 1947), actor, member of the diving team.
- Margo Martindale (born July 18, 1951) is an American film, stage and television actress, and Emmy award winner.
- Jeff Marx, (BFA 1993), Tony Award winning co-creator/composer/lyricist of the hit Broadway musical "Avenue Q".
- Bob McGrath, (1954), actor/singer/writer best known as "Bob" from the PBS children's television series "Sesame Street".
- Marian Mercer, (B.A. SMTD) 1969 Tony Award-winning actress.
- Mark Metcalf (B.A. 1968) (born March 11, 1946 in Findlay, Ohio) is an American actor in both television and film.
- Eric Millegan, co-star (former) on TV show Bones
- Jack O'Brien (born June 18, 1939) is an American director, producer, writer and lyricist and a three time Tony winner.
- Beverley Owen (née Ogg, sometimes credited as Beverly Owen) perhaps most widely known for having played the role of Marilyn Munster
- Eren Ozker (1970), puppeteer and Muppet performer
- Martin Pakledinaz, (MFA 1976) and two-time Tony Award winner.
- David Paymer, (BA 1975) character actor (Carpool, Get Shorty)
- Jean Peters (October 15, 1926 – October 13, 2000) was an American actress.
- Gilda Radner, (BA 1970), actress and comedian, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live for which she won an Emmy in 1978
- Ted Raimi, (BA 1983), actor, best known for his work on seaQuest DSV and Xena: Warrior Princess.
- Joey Richter (BFA 2011), Actor and singer, as well as a member of StarKid Productions
- William Russ, actor, best known for his role as the father on Boy Meets World
- Ellen Sandweiss (born December 30, 1958) (MA in Theatre Management) is an American B-movie actress. She has also performed in musical theatre as a dancer and pop singer, and in a one-woman show of Jewish music
- Martha Scott, actor, Our Town (Academy award nomination), The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur.
- Miriam Shor (B.F.A.) - American film, stage, and television actress
- Douglas Sills (born July 5, 1960) - American actor.
- Randy and Jason Sklar (born January 12, 1972), professionally known as the Sklar Brothers, are American identical twin comedians.
- StarKid Productions, the cast and creators of YouTube sensation, A Very Potter Musical.
- Jennifer Laura Thompson, (BFA 1991), Tony Award-nominated actress, former Galinda in the broadway musical, Wicked.
- Kapila Vatsyayan (M.A.), Indian arts scholar, founder/director of Indira Kalakendra.
- James Wolk (BFA 2007)(born James Joseph Wolk; March 22, 1985) is an American actor, best known for his role as Brad Cohen in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Front of the Class, and CBS's "The Crazy Ones".
- Megan Abbott (B.A.) is a US author of crime fiction and of a non-fiction analysis of hardboiled crime fiction. She won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2008 for Queenpin
- Saladin Ahmed, science fiction and fantasy author, poet.
- Philip Breitmeyer, (AB 1947), wrote Lightning Ridge! Further Adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
- Juliet Winters Carpenter, (BA, MA (1976)), Award Winning Translator of Japanese, Numerous Books
- Meg Waite Clayton (LAW: JD) Clayton's first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize. Her novel The Wednesday Sisters became a national bestseller and a book club favorite.
- James Oliver "Jim" Curwood (MDNG: 1899-1900) (June 12, 1878 – August 13, 1927) was an American action-adventure writer and conservationist.
- Underwood Dudley, (PhD 1965), is a native of New York City. Is known for his popular writing about crank mathematics.
- Elizabeth Ehrlich, wrote Miriam's Kitchen.
- Connie Glaser, (M.A.), is an author, speaker and columnist on the topics of women's leadership and communications
- Steve Hamilton, (AB 1983), wrote Blood is the Sky, an Alex McKnight mystery set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His 1999 novel A Cold Day in Paradise won an Edgar Award. His 2010 novel The Lock Artist won him a second Edgar Award, this time for Best Novel. With this second win, Hamilton joins only 4 other authors who have won the award twice.
- Raelynn Hillhouse (HHRS: MA, PHD 1993): writes spy novelist and is also a noted national security expert and blogger (The Spy Who Billed Me), and political scientist.
- Kathryn Lasky, (BA 1966), acclaimed children's author and non-fiction writer.
- Ross Macdonald, (MA 1942, PhD 1952), wrote the Lew Archer Mystery Series.
- Brad Meltzer, (AB 1992), has written The Zero Game, The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel and The Millionaires.
- Walter Miller, (MA 1844), was a Classics scholar and the first to translate the Ilad into English in the native dactylic hexameter.
- Sara Moulton (B.A. 1974)is the author of "Sara Moulton Cooks at Home," "Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals," and "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners."
- Nami Mun (MFA) is a Korean American novelist and short story writer.
- Davi Napoleon, (AB 1966, AM 1968), wrote Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater.
- John Patric (attended 1924-25), wrote for National Geographic and Reader's Digest in the 1930s and 1940s
- Elwood Reid is an American novelist and short-story writer.
- Preeta Samarasan (MFA 2006), wrote Evening is the Whole Day.
- Hubert Skidmore, Mr. Skidmore had written six novels by the time he was 30, including Hawk's Nest, about an industrial accident in West Virginia. Married to Maritta Wolff.
- Robert Traver, (JD 1928), pen name for John D. Voelker, wrote Anatomy of a Murder.
- David Treuer (Ph.D. 1999) (born 1970) is an American writer.
- Maritta Wolff (B.A. 1940) Author of Whistle Stop, called by Sinclair Lewis "the most important novel of the year." Ms. Wolff also authored: About Lyddy Thomas (1947), Back of Town (1952), The Big Nickelodeon (1956) and Buttonwood (1962).
- Sarah Zettel (BA) is an American science fiction, fantasy and mystery author.
- Quite Scientific- Chris Bathgate, quitescientific.com
- "Nomo". Retrieved 2008-08-18.
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