OT: Darren Criss wins again

Submitted by LAmichigan on January 6th, 2019 at 10:28 PM

As awards season opened tonight, Michigan BFA grad Darren Criss claimed his first Golden Globe, backing up his Emmy win a few months ago.  (Although he did not give us a "Go Blue" tonight!)

Exciting to see how many of our graduates are kicking ass every year at the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, Golden Globes, etc. Go Blue!



January 6th, 2019 at 10:43 PM ^

So this is my cool story bro moment. My junior year at Michigan I lived with Darren and 5 other theater majors (I’m BFA class of 08). From those humble beginnings to seeing my friend rightfully winning awards brings me so much joy.


He is the kindest person I know and I couldn’t be any prouder! Go Blue!!!!!!


January 7th, 2019 at 9:21 AM ^

Congrats to Darren, but Benedict Cumberbatch got robbed for his role in "Patrick Melrose." And the fact that "Succession" was barely even nominated was mind blowing. Hands down best TV series out there in 2018. If you haven't seen it, do. However, it doesn't really get going until episode 3 or 4. (Although, after you watch the whole season, you "get" the first few episodes.

Blue in St Lou

January 7th, 2019 at 8:24 AM ^

My daughter applied to Mich's theatre program. While she and others were auditioning, a faculty member met with parents and told us how terrible the career prospects were for theatre grads. Of course, I was proud enough of her to think that she'd be an exception, but I wasn't terribly disappointed when, although wait-listed, she was not admitted. She was admitted to LSA (Res Coll) and broke my heart when she opted for a small liberal arts college in the East. Well, I only jokingly say she broke my heart because that small liberal arts college was really her dream.

Hearty congratulations to Darren. He is obviously very talented, and I am sure he got a great education. I hope his classmates are also successful.


January 7th, 2019 at 10:18 AM ^

Anything that is fulfilling or helps people in an immediate way doesn't pay much and has lots of people who want to do it.  My wife is a professional actress and I know a lot of theater people.  They all have day jobs.   That said, I know a few actors who "made it" and a lot of actors and artists who make a good living in entertainment adjacent fields, video games, advertising, websites, e-Commerce, etc.

I also know a lot of finance types who moved over to entertainment after they made their money because they knew people. 


January 7th, 2019 at 10:45 AM ^

This is why I don't get the academic snobbery against "performance athletics" as a degree concentration. People in the performing arts (music, theater) and other artistic fields supported by the university seem to get a pass. Yet, their practical immediate job prospects and long term options are as limited as professional athletes.

So, why not accept performance athletics? That might make their attendance and diligence in class improve and end the hypocrisy. The top players do really want to play pro ball and do want to "study" their sport - why not do it?