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Margot Robert

Margot Robert is one of our Peer Mentors for our community this year! She, along with fellow Peer Mentor, Tomas Medina, will be assuming the role of creative director for the Living Arts Newsletter! We caught up with her and asked a few questions…

First off-tell us about yourself! Where are you from? What are you majoring in? What are your main creative interests?

I am originally from Lake Orion, MI, but I moved to Mexico when I was 7 years old.  3 years later, my family moved back to Rochester Hills, MI. 

I am majoring in Art and Design, but I am specifically interested in video game design.

My main creative interests involve making video games, digital painting, coding, playing music (I play lots of instruments), and painting dolls.

Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?

As a freshman, my peer mentors played a huge role in getting me to come out of my shell and be comfortable with who I am.  I am blessed with the opportunity to pass that same type of mentorship role and inspiration onto others.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Well, technically I already am a game designer, but I would like to do that as a full time career.  My top job choices are: video game designer, website designer, and toy designer.

Describe your creative process.

The creative process is a terrible, complicated thing.  If I were asked the same question two years ago, I would say, “procrastinate until the last possible moment, throw something together, and talk my way out of whatever mess I happened to create.” 

Do you have any advice for the first-year Living Arts students?

Make as much as you can!  Participate in as much as you can! Connect with people! You never know when someone is going to have a useful piece of advice, a job opportunity, or even just a shoulder to cry on.  Be yourself; stop worrying what other people think about you and just worry about what you think of yourself.
And listen to this song:

It actually has a lot of good points in it.

Find the full interview here

upcoming events
42 Hours

42 Hours of Re-Creativity

42 Hours of Re_creativity is a competition of creative reuse. Interdisciplinary student teams bring together skills from their respective disciplines to design, plan, and execute a product that reuses commonly-discarded materials in innovative ways. The full event begins on November 1st at 8pm and ends on November 3rd at 2pm. For more information, head to our website

Our Mixers:
Thursday, Oct 3 @ 7pm in the Living Arts Lounge in Bursley
Tuesday, Oct 8 @ 7pm in 1180 in the Duderstadt Center
Wednesday, Oct 16 @7pm in 1180 in the Duderstadt Center

Sum of the Summer

SUM OF THE SUMMER-Friday October 11th, 6PM
Warren Robbins Gallery

Curated by Interarts student and Living Arts Alumnus, Nicholas Williams, Sum of the Summer is a show devoted to the work done during the summer. The time between semesters is a time to hash out new ideas, travel, and complete new works. Often times, we are working purely for ourselves, against our own deadlines, and in our own way. The reception will feature performances and readings. The gallery will be open from October 11th-20th


All-Community Event Sunday, October 20th 4PM
Living Arts Studio

Our October all-community event will be a double feature! Representatives from the Living Arts Alumni Board will join us to discuss future involvement in Living Arts as well as lead a workshop. Following the Alumni presentation, Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty will give a lecture and short recital.

A a aA abacus

A a aA abacus Friday October 25th 7:30PM
Duderstadt Video Studio

A multi-media thesis by senior Music Composition student and Living Arts Alumni, Corey Smith, A a aA abacus explores the relationship between identity and change through a combination of composed and improvised music from a rock/chamber ensemble, performance art, autobiographical monologue, sound poetry, dance, projections, LED lights, and umbrellas. Open Dress Rehearsal on October 24th at 7:30PM. Full show on October 25th at 7:30PM.

other events and important dates

October 3-6, 10-13, Arthur Miller Theatre

Red Noses

Dept. of Theatre & Drama A comedy by Peter Barnes, directed by Malcolm Tulip. A Catholic monk assembles a misfit band of comics to ease the suffering of man in this uproarious and thought-provoking work. Pick up a Passport for the Arts Voucher from the Bursley front desk or the Pierpont Commons InfoDesk and swap it for a FREE ticket.

October 9th, Living Arts Studio

Melted Crayon Art with Carolina

October 10th, Living Arts Studio

Website Coding with Zach Boulanger

October 10th, Duderstadt Video Studio

Catching Dream, Senior Flute recital

October 14-15

Fall Break!

Ocotber 18th, Hill Auditorium 8PM

University Symphony Orchestra and University Philharmonia Orchestra

Kenneth Kiesler and Christopher James Lees, conductors. SMTD welcomes U-M alum David T. Little to campus for the Michigan premiere of his newly re-orchestrated work haunted topography, a darkly contemplative work juxtaposed between a dramatic operatic suite and a falsely charming Italianate symphony. On the second half of the concert, conductor The USO performs one of the most exciting and brilliant orchestra showpieces of the 20th Century, Concerto for Orchestra by renowned Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski.

October 20th, Living Arts Studio 4PM

All Community Meeting

October 22nd, Living Arts Studio 6PM

Pumpkin Carving Workshop with Mike Vitale, sign up here

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