The countdown begins! Coming up soon: our last two Main Stage productions and the end of semester.
Monday, April 22, 2019

We are looking forward to our last two Main Season productions of the semester, The Heidi Chronicles (May 4-11) and UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert (May 10-12). Please join us for our TDPS Scholarship Reception after the opening of UMoves on Friday, May 10. See the details below.

This Saturday is Maryland Day, so come out and join in the activities at The Clarice! Check out the other end-of-semester events coming up in the next few weeks.

We're almost there!
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Upcoming Events
Spring Musical Theatre Gildenhorn Cabaret

Thursday, April 25, 2-3:15pm
Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Join Professor Scot Reese’s THET451 Musical Theatre Workshop for an afternoon of Broadway Songs & Scenes. Take a break from classes and enjoy an hour of music with your friends!
The Measure of Our Lives
Saturday, April 27, 2pm
Sunday, April 28, 2pm
National Portrait Gallery

Associate Professor Leslie Felbain’s Character Development class makes its annual appearance at the National Portrait Gallery.

Walk through the gallery as historical portraits come to life and share their stories with you!
Featuring the following portraits: Alexander Calder, Dorothea Dix, Angna Enters, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Earl Warren, Marisol Escobar, Juliette Gordon Low, Edward Hopper, and Mary Stelchen Calderone.

Event information here.
Maryland Day
Saturday, April 27, 10am - 4pm
Dance Theatre

The University of Maryland welcomes thousands of visitors to Maryland Day, our one-day celebration of learning and discovery. The 21st annual family-friendly event will be one to remember, with fun and exciting demonstrations, exhibitions, performances and more. Come join the celebration, and explore our world of fearless ideas!

Free admission and parking. Complimentary Shuttle-UM transportation will be provided on campus during the event. Maryland Day will take place rain or shine. 

Learn more at, and join the fun on social media with #MarylandDay.
First Year MFA Choreography Showing
Monday, April 29, 1:30pm
Dance Theatre

Join the first year MFA Dance candidates Krissy Harris, Gabriel Mata, Renee Gerardo, and Qi Xinran/Rose for the showing of Round Robin original choreography/collaborations.
First Fridays
 Friday, May 3, 5:30pm
Dance Studio 2

First Fridays are held each month as an informal forum for anyone to show work in progress or any talent they would like to showcase. Dance, Music, or stand up comedy. Watch or perform—the event is FREE!

More information here.
Photo credit: Geoff Sheil
The Heidi Chronicles

By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Scot Reese
May 4-11
Kogod Theatre

From celebrated playwright Wendy Wasserstein, this endearingly funny play is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, newly resonant for a generation experiencing feminism through the lens of #MeToo and #TimesUp.

Tickets available here.
UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert
Directed by Adriane Fang
May 10-12
Dance Theatre

Encouraged to nurture their authentic artistic voices, undergraduate dance students from the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies set new works of art into motion in this concert of original choreography.

Tickets available here .

TDPS Scholarship Reception
Friday, May 10
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

In gratitude to our generous donors who support education in the performing arts, we will celebrate TDPS scholarship students at a reception after the opening of UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert on Friday, May 10. We will honor this year's scholarship recipients, including the recipients of the first TDPS Board of Visitors Awards.
The Muses: Original Works Project

Sunday, May 12, 3:00pm
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Project, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students. More information here.
Non-Majors (NoMaj) Dance Showcase

Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30pm
Dance Theatre

The NoMaj is a cheekily titled showcase highlighting the work of non-dance majors taking dance classes! This eclectic showing wraps up with a dance party, allowing the audience onto the stage. Come and see what they've been cooking up in the Dance wing this semester! 

More information here.
Off-Campus Events
The Kennedy Center’s annual Arts Summit is coming up on Monday, April 29.
This is day-long event brings together thought leaders and experts across numerous fields to investigate the power and potential of the arts. This year’s theme is “The Human Journey: Creating the Story of US.” Students can register for a discounted rate at $20 by entering the code STUDENT at registration. More information and registration here.
Olivia Brann with her puppet for the Henson Awards Showcase / Photo credit: Stephanie S. Cordle
  • MA candidate Olivia Brann has been accepted into an apprenticeship program with Bread & Puppet Theater in Vermont this spring. The program will give Olivia, a recent TDPS Henson Puppetry Award winner, an opportunity to further her skills in puppet construction. Congratulations, Olivia!

  • PhD student Tara Demmy has been awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for Summer 2019. She will be conducting research at archives at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and George Mason University as she develops her dissertation project. The project examines sketch comedy written by soldiers during World War II, resulting from a contest meant to boost morale, facilitated by a pro-war propaganda agency. Congratulations, Tara!

  • Are you interested in having recording studios in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library? Whether you're faculty, staff, or a student the library wants to hear from you. Please let them know by filling out this brief survey.
ARHU announces the new Arts Leadership Minor

TDPS will be the administrative home for the College of Arts and Humanities' new Arts Leadership Minor. The minor will have the following requirements:

  • ARHU240 - Cultural Institutions in the United States, Offered Fall 2019 (3 credits) 
  • ARHU340 - Financial Entrepreneurship for the Arts Leader, Offered Spring 2020 (3 credits)
  • ARHU386A - Arts Leadership Professional Internship (3 credits) 
  • ENGL398A - Writing for the Arts (3 credits) 
  • ARHU440 - Arts Leadership Seminar (3 credits) 

See attached for more details. Enroll now to reserve your spot in this exciting new minor!
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  • NEW Seeking understudy for the lead in an original play "The Arsonist or Ramifications of the Broken Windows Theory." The show will take place at The Smithsonian Affiliate Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco on May 11th and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive on May 12th. Rehearsals begin Saturday April 20, 2019 in Baltimore. Interested actors should submit a headshot and resume to For more information regarding the project and the creator/director go to

  • NEW The Traveling Players Ensemble is seeking directors, designers, and teachers for their Summer Theatre Program in Washington, DC. Visit their website and read their flyer for more information.

  • NEW The Urban Arts Leadership Program will be holding an information session about how to become a fellow for the 2019-2020 season on Monday, April 22 at the UMD Career Center. The fellowship provides skill building and professional experience in arts leadership and pays $7500. Additional details can be found here.

  • NEW Summer at Norwood, a camp based in Bethesda, MD, is looking for a theatre teacher to teach one or two theatre classes at camp from July 8-19. Classes are for 1st-4th graders (divided by age group), and teachers must have a degree from a college or university. More information about the camp can be found here.

  • NEW Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has launched the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship. For more information, check out the announcement. Email Michael Francis at for more details.

  • CCA/Creative Cultural Alliance is launching their inaugural Summer Program. The program will provide week long intensives with Jan Fabre's and Anne Bogart's Companies. There is also a 20% tuition discount for a limited amount of applicants. For more information, visit the CCA Facebook page here.

  • Join the Washington Area Certified Movement Analysts (WACMA) for a workshop on the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) on Saturday, May 18. The workshop will provide an introduction for curious newcomers and a review/update for those with some LBMS background. Open to all, no experience required. Register here and check out the flyer for more details. Email for more information.

  • Andrew Schneider’s performances push theater into new experiences that defy easy categorization. With AFTER, Schneider and his recurring collaborators will present part two of a trilogy about what it means to be alive in the world today. AFTER is a mind-bending performance examination of what constitutes a single life and the endless possible outcomes at the precise moment of death. With their trademark combination of hyper-precise sound, light and physicality, this NYC-based team manipulates theatrical conventions to deliver a poignant evening of shared consciousness about perceiving where we are, how we got here, and what comes AFTER. For Andrew Schneider’s upcoming performance at The Clarice on May 10 & 11, they are seeking 9 HYPERCUT “Principals” to handle the bulk of the scenes. More information about this opportunity can be found in the call.

  • Folger Shakespeare Library is seeking an assistant stage manager and lead house manager for its 2019/2020 season. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on their website.

  • Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, PA, is looking to fill several positions for their 2019 summer stock season. For information, see the flyer.

  • Wildwood Summer Theatre is looking for staff members and designers for their 2019 summer season team. Rehearsals start early June. Positions are unpaid but provide great working relationships and opportunities. Send resumes and covers letters to or More information is available on their website.

  • Capital Fringe is looking for staff and interns for a variety of positions for the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival from July 9-28. For more information, visit their website and check out their flyer.
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