The awards are coming in! Check out the *awesome* that is TDPS!
  Monday, April 17, 2017

It must be awards season, because TDPS is bringing in the accolades! Check out all the great news below from TDPS faculty, students, and alumni who are doing a wide range of performance and research activities.

We are getting ready to open our last two main season productions of the year: The School of Bento Bonchev, directed by Yury Urnov, and UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert, directed by Christopher K. Morgan. Make sure to get your tickets now! Also check out the other TDPS events coming up before we wind down the semester.

Finally, if you're looking for summer jobs or internships, check out the opportunities section below.

  In this newsletter:
  • Upcoming and recent TDPS events
  • Feature Stories
  • News (Awards & Honors, Performances & Productions, Publications, other activities)
  • Opportunities (Jobs & Auditions; Scholarships, Fellowships, & Grants)
  • Other Upcoming Events (Off-Campus)

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TDPS Main Season
The Schooling of Bento Bonchev
April 28 - May 6
Kogod Theatre
Directed by Yury Urnov

Love and lust are the ultimate Hallmark emotions, right? According to Bento Bonchev, they’re saccharine marketing gimmicks designed to sell flowers and candy to those gullible enough to believe. But Bento’s world is turned upside down when an astounding discovery forces him to rethink his dogma. Set in the not-so-distant future where love is thought to be a myth, this Russian absurdist satire offers a truly novel take on an age-old question of the heart.

UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert
May 5 - 7
Dance Theatre
Directed by Christopher K. Morgan

Undergraduate TDPS Dance students present a concert of original choreography. The program includes new works created and/or performed by undergraduate students as they explore their choreographic voice and vision, plus pieces developed throughout the year by guest choreographers.

Upcoming at The Clarice
Do Good Challenge Finals
April 26
6 - 7pm

The Clarice will host the show case and finals for the Do Good Challenge next week. The Do Good Challenge is a year-long effort that engages over a thousand students across campus and partners with numerous colleges, schools, and programs.

Capped by an eight-week competition created by UMD students to encourage their peers to Do Good, the challenge awards over $20,000 of total prize money and gives students a chance to get their organization’s name in front of a panel of high-profile judges and hundreds of supporters and professionals during the finals. 


TDPS activities at Maryland Day 2017
Be sure to check out the TDPS activities at Maryland Day at The Clarice on Saturday, April 29!

For the complete schedule of Maryland Day events at The Clarice and event descriptions, click here.
Upcoming TDPS Events
Speaking of Books: A Conversation with Dr. Esther Kim Lee

April 20, 2017 at 2pm
Performing Arts Library Piano Room

As part of the UMD University Libraries series Speaking of Books: Conversations with Campus Authors, Professor Esther Kim Lee will discuss her book The Theatre of Henry David Hwang.

Utilizing historical and dramaturgical analysis, Dr. Esther Kim Lee argues that David Henry Hwang, one of the greatest contemporary American playwrights, has developed a unique style of meta-theatricality and irony in writing plays that are both politically charged and commercially viable. With the revival of M. Butterfly set for fall 2017 under the direction of Julie Taymor, Dr. Lee will also share why the play and playwright continue to resonate with audiences around the world.


From Actor to Lawyer:
How Theatre Works in Law and the Legal Profession
A Conversation with Abigail Bortnick ‘03
April 21
Cafritz Theatre

TDPS Board member and alumna Abigail Bortnick (BA Theatre '03) returns to the School to discuss how she applied her UMD theatre training to her successful law career.

Join us for a conversation moderated by Professor Laurie Frederik on the following topics:

  • Performance Techniques in Law
  • Relationships and Professional Networking 
  • The Art of Public Speaking and Persuasion 
  • Resilience for Job "Auditions"

Flyer and Registration

A Workshop on Self-Producing with Jonathan David Martin
April 27
Cafritz Theatre

Join actor, director, and Theatre J Associate Production Jonathan David Martin for a workshop on self-producing. Learn to articulate your artist-producer and creative goals; learn about funding, finding space, marketing, PR, finances, and ticketing; and get a starter-kit of materials and templates.

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  MFA Portfolio Exhibition at Studio Theatre
May 15, 2017
Studio Theatre (DC)

Attend the MFA Design program’s annual Portfolio Exhibition, which will be held at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC next month.

This year the exhibition is co-hosted by DC's artistic directors: David Muse, Janet Griffin, Adam Immerwahr, Jason Loewith, Ryan Rilette, Eric Schaeffer, Howard Shalwitz, Janet Stanford, and writer/director Aaron Posner. The event will be catered.

TDPS Summer Courses
THET408B:  Sistah Outsider: Contemporary Black Women Playwrights
Summer I: May 30-July 9, 2017
M, Tu, W, 10am-12:15pm
Khalid Yaya Long

In this interdisciplinary course, students will critically examine the plays of contemporary Black women playwrights, from Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play, A Raisin in the Sun, to recent works of Lynn Nottage, Katori Hall, and Dani Gurira. Students will engage critical essays and other mediums, such as film and music, as catalysts to look in-depth at the intersections of identities: race, class, gender, and sexuality.

  DANC705:  Seminar in Arts Education
Summer II: July 10-August 20, 2017
Professor Karen Bradley

History of arts education in the US, recent policy changes and trends, current and recent research findings, proposed legislation at the state and federal level and the relationship of research findings to policy, community and social justice and the arts.

Recent TDPS Events
Casting Workshop with Lindsey Kasabian '03
  TDPS students with Professor Scot Reese at the casting workshop with Lindsey Kasabian '03 on April 7.
CLOVE Devising Workshop with Paige Hernandez '02
TDPS undergrad and graduate students work with Paige Hernandez '02 at the first CLOVE devising workshop.
The group began the process of developing the work which will be presented by TDPS in Spring 2018.  
Maryland Opera Studio's The Orpheus Adventure
Congratulations to all involved with Maryland Opera Studio’s  The Orpheus Adventure on their excellent review from! The review features praise for the choreography by Professor Adriane Fang (performed by TDPS students and alumni Chelsea Brown ‘16, Stacey Carlson, Christine Hands, Christina O'Brien, Shawn Stone, and Gabrielle Welsh), and designs by MFA Design graduate students Richard Ouelette (set) , Rob Siler (lighting), Heather C. Jackson (costumes). 
Honors and Awards
Congratulations to Esther Kim Lee and James Harding on their promotions to Full Professors by the University of Maryland. Their national and international acclaim, scholarship, teaching and service are greatly valued and embraced by the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies!  
Mia Levenson Wins KCACTF Undergraduate Scholar Award

Congratulations to Mia Levenson (BA Theatre '17) for winning the KCACTF Undergraduate Scholar Award recognizing an outstanding research paper in theater written by an undergraduate student. Mia's paper is titled “A Tedious Theatre: The Spectacle of the Body in 17th Century Anatomy Theatres and in Webster’s THE DUCHESS OF MALFI.”
TDPS Dance Faculty Receive Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards

Congratulations to TDPS Dance faculty Christopher K. Morgan, Adriane Fang, and Sara Pearson who each received Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards! Morgan and Fang received awards for solo performance; Pearson received an award for choreography.

Jonelle Walker Awarded Flagship Fellowship   

Congratulations to Jonelle Walker (MA '17) on being awarded a  Flagship Fellowship to continue her studies as a PhD student at UMD TDPS! The Flagship Fellowship is used by the Graduate School to recruit doctoral students with exceptional qualifications and a clear promise for outstanding performance in their studies. 

Kate Spanos Awarded Fulbright to Brazil

Kate Spanos (PhD ‘16) has been awarded a postdoctoral Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to study dance in Brazil. She will be based at the  Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife for six months, starting in January 2018. Kate’s project is entitled “The Frevo Tradition and Pernambucan Cultural Identity in Recife, Brazil."

Jared Mezzocchi Accepted to MacDowell Colony & Nominated for Lucille Lortel Award

Congratulations to Professor  Jared Mezzocchi on being accepted into the  MacDowell Colony to work on a multimedia script that he has been commissioned to write on  The Jüdische Kulturbund project this summer, as well as being nominated for a  Lucille Lortel award for his projection design on  Vietgone

LaTefia Bradley Named Outstanding Instructor by Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Team

MFA Dance candidate LaTefia Bradley was named Outstanding Instructor through the Most Valuable Professor program at the Maryland Athletic Department. LaTefia was nominated by one of her students who plays for the Women's Lacrosse Team. To reconize the honor, LaTefia received tickets to the April 12 lacrosse game against Princeton.

Brittany Ginder Awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

PhD Candidate Brittany Ginder has been awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for Summer 2017. This program enables doctoral students to devote a summer of focused work to prepare for or complete a benchmark in their program’s requirements. Brittany's current dissertation title is ""Bitches in Britches: A History of Travesty Actresses on the Eighteenth Century London Stage" and she will be using the time this summer for archival research and writing.
  TDPS Welcomes New Faculty Member Crystal Davis!
It is with enormous pleasure that we share the appointment of a new Assistant Professor of Dance, Crystal U. Davis to the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, beginning in the fall of 2017. Crystal U. Davis is a movement artist and scholar born and raised in North Carolina. Ms. Davis earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Dance from Emory University, her M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, her Masters in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and her 

MFA Dance alum  Kwame Shaka Opare '13 was  featured on Okay Africa  for the debut of his multimedia project  .theScope .theWork .theProcess: GHAN A. Photo by Kwame Shaka Opare.
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  • Deadline is today! Present your research at Undergraduate Research Day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017!  This year Undergraduate Research Day will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union, so your work will reach the widest possible audience. Priority Deadline for Proposal Submission: Monday April 17, 2017.  If you have questions, please contact

  • Playwright Steve Langley and director Gregory Ford seek non-Equity black male actors for a staged reading of Steve's play NEVER LETTING GO at the 2017 DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival in June. For details, email headshot and resume to

  • The Studio/New York is currently auditioning actors for its 6 week Summer Conservatory. The program is an integrated curriculum of Fitzmaurice voicework, clown, movement, Lucid Body Technique and scene study, and is highly intensive in nature. More info available here.

  • American University film student DeJohn Cartier Taylor is currently casting for a short film titled "Three Way," a film about three young musicians, all from different backgrounds, who must set aside their differences for a recital. If interested, e-mail
  • MFA Dance candidate Christine Hands is casting 3-4 dancers to join the Chromonauts! Auditions will be held on April 24 from 6:30-8pm in the Choreography Studio. To register, email

  • Disney Parks Talent Casting is seeking male vocalists of all ethnicities for The Dapper Dans, a traditional male barbershop quartet performed at Walt Disney World. Auditions will be held at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on May 1 starting at 10am.

  • Bowie Community Theatre is seeking a stage manager for its July production of Nana's Naughty Knickers. Performance dates are July 14-30. For further information, please contact the director, Jennifer Franklin, at or 301-412-3244.

  • Dance Place is seeking interns for the fall! Interns at Dance Place receive free adult classes, free tickets to performances at Dance Place as well as three free hours of rehearsal space per week. More information here.

  • Come learn from top names in the voiceover industry with MdM Talent's exclusive Voiceover Workshops and Industry Panel! The three LA-based voiceover guest-artists are some of the most sought-after talent, teachers, and coaches in their industry: Debi Derryberry, Daniel Ross, and David Sobolov. To learn more, please contact Artistic Director Sarah Scheiner at 540-229-1991 or
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