Upcoming Events

  • September 4
    TFMS Open House, 7:30-8:30 p.m.+, Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Come enjoy the party! Mandatory for declared and intended TFMS majors.
  • September 9-10
    Auditions, Much Ado About Nothing, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Contact the director, Michael Ellis-Tolaydo, for information.
  • September 22
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing"), 7:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public. 
  • October 20
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Lynne Sachs ("Your Day Is My Night"), 8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public.
  • October 30-31
    Performances of "Falling Man, a dance-art project," with Leonard Cruz & Caitie Sullivan, 8:00 p.m. (Oct. 30) & 4:30 p.m. (Oct. 31), Boyden Gallery, MH. Free and open to the public.


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TFMS Alumni
Where Are They Now?

Megan Rippey

Megan Rippey (class of 2008, B.A. women, gender, and sexuality studies, minor in theater studies) recently completed her M.F.A. in acting at the California Institute of the Arts (class of 2013).

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Site maintained by:
Mark A. Rhoda
For comments about this site or suggestions for its improvement, contact: marhoda@smcm.edu

Michael Ellis-Tolaydo

Professor of theater, film, and media studies and former Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts. Acting, directing, dramatic literature, Shakespeare, theater history, internships.
email: mellistolaydo@smcm.edu
web site: http://faculty.smcm.edu/mellistolaydo

Michael Ellis-Tolaydo was born in Kenya and attended high school in England. He is a Graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Art, Oakland University, and received his M.A. from The American University and his M.F.A. in directing from Catholic University. He continues to work as a professional actor and/or director under the name Michael Tolaydo and has worked in those capacities in every one of the U.S. states; he is proud of the fact that he never had to wait tables during that time! Michael is a firm believer that a liberal arts education provides the best educational grounding for everyone. (Office: MH 176, next door to Box Office)

Kudos --Michael has been made an Associate-Artist-in-Residence for Washington, D.C. Theater J’s 2012-2013 season. A Theater J and D.C. favorite, Michael was last seen at Theater J as Mortera in “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza.” Other Theater J shows include “Pangs of the Messiah,” “The Accident,” and “Benedictus.” For Theater J’s upcoming season, Michael will appear in “Boged: An Enemy of the People” and “Apples from the Desert,” two plays which are part of the Voices from the Changing Middle East Festival.