Workshops, master classes, and performances coming up in April!
  Monday, April 3, 2017

We have a busy April coming up with lots of workshops and master classes with returning alumni: Lindsey Kasabian '03 offers a casting workshop (4/7), Paige Hernandez '02 leads a devising workshop for next Spring's CLOVE (4/9), and Abigail Bortnick '03 discusses how she applied her UMD theatre training to her successful law career (4/21).

Be sure to check out a video of our MFA dancers and alumni performing "Dances of Resistance" at the Busboys & Poets Peace Ball in January.

And in case you missed it, President Loh's recent Transform the Student Experience video gave more love to Professor Leslie Felbain's Character Development class at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery!

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Upcoming TDPS Auditions
THIS WEEK: Auditions for Fall Productions
April 3 from 6-9pm & April 4 from 4-7pm
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

For the Fall 2017 semester, TDPS will be hosting a first round of auditions for both shows, Antigone (directed by Lisa Nathans) and Love and Information (directed by Jennifer L. Nelson) . Students will have the opportunity to strut their stuff for a panel of faculty members – including Jennifer Barclay, Leslie Felbain, Lisa Nathans, and Scot Reese.

Interested students should prepare one 90-second contemporary monologue and, if auditioning for Antigone, an additional 30-60 second song, poem, or classical monologue.

For more information, check out the audition flyer.
Upcoming Events
Essence Work with Shana Cooper
of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
April 4, 6, & 11 from 10-11:50am
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

All interested TDPS directors, actors, designers and theatre-makers are invited to take part in a 3-day intensive Essence Work workshop with  Shana Cooper, nationally renowned director and  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company ensemble member.

Essence Work challenges directors, actors, and designers to work together to create non-verbal performances that explode the physical, visual, and aural landscapes of a play, facilitating new forms of theatrical expression.  Learn More .
Please RSVP to Jennifer Barclay.
Second Season:
Flint by LaTefia Bradley
Another Side of You by Allen Chunhui Xing
Akwantuo: The Journey by Mustapha Braimah
April 6 & 8, 2017
Dance Theatre

MFA Dance candidates  LaTefia Bradley, Allen Chunhui Xing, and Mustapha Braimah present three dance pieces on topics including the Flint water crisis, states of personal conflict, and immigration to the United States.

Photo: Allen Chunhui Xing and Xinran Rose Qi in Another Side of You (2016); photo by Mark Costello

Casting Workshop with Lindsey Kasabian '03
April 7 at 12pm
Rever Rehearsal Room

Join  Lindsey Kasabian (BA Theatre ’03) for a workshop about casting and entering the professional job market in New York City and Los Angeles. She will offer a brief lecture about her theatre experience at UMD and her decision not to pursue professional acting, but instead find alternative routes to remain the industry. She will offer advice on networking and finding job opportunities in NYC and LA, and she will break down the intricacies of navigating the television business. In particular, she will focus on the casting process and will invite students to participate in a mock casting session. The workshop will also provide students with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss. Check out the flyer .

CLOVE Devising Workshop with Paige Hernandez '02
April 9 from 1-5pm
Dance Studio 2

Join director  Paige Hernandez (BA Theatre '02) in generating material and ideas for the Spring 2018 production of  CLOVE!
The workshop will be part discussion, part writing, part ensemble-building, with the goal of creating and enhancing content for  CLOVE. The process will be insightful to actors who wish to audition and perform in the piece.
All ages, races, and artistic backgrounds are encouraged. In order to convey a fresh, organic, and relatable experience, the piece will feature multiple disciplines, including theatre, dance, hip hop, spoken word, and more. 

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, 2017
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

Other Events
Alumni company Pointless Theatre opens
d0t:: a protoplastic ballet

April 6 - May 6
Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

TDPS alumni company Pointless Theatre’s next show, .d0t:: a protoplastic ballet is offering ticket discounts: $18 tickets for students and educators; $7 tickets on Goldstar; and a Pay-What-You-Can performance on April 6. 

The show takes place in the System, a futuristic yet familiar landscape where automated inhabitants are kept in line by the Pulse, a rhythmic energy conducted by navi -the last human. When one of these robots, d0t, is corrupted during a routine upgrade, it breaks free from the Pulse, and begins to spread the glitch through the System. Will navi be able to stop d0t in time?

More info

Rip The Floor:  Competition & Showcase
April 15, 2017 at 7pm
Dekelboum Concert Hall 

Rip The Floor is an annual hip-hop dance competition/showcase hosted by Dynamic Dance Team at the University of Maryland, College Park. Many teams and crews from around the East Coast of the United States participate either to put on a great show or for a possible grand prize of $500!

Past Events
Henson Award for Puppetry Presentation
The showcase on March 16 presented projects created by four TDPS students selected for the Jim Henson Award for Puppetry: Nitsan Scharf (BA Theatre), Anders Tighe (BA Theatre ’16), Stacey Carlson (MFA Dance), and Mark Costello (MFA Design). Photography credit: Kelly Colburn
Dances of Resistance
Check out this video of our our MFA dancers and alumni  performing “Dances of Resistance” 
at the Busboys and Poets Peace Ball in January! 
Patrick Crowley led communication skills workshop at Smith Business School

PhD student Patrick Crowley facilitated a Communication Skills Workshop session for MBA students at the Smith Business School. The Communication Skills Workshops are designed to teach business students verbal and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of environments.

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  • The Broadway musical Hamilton will be coming to DC to hold auditions! Producers are seeking singers and rappers of all ethnicities for upcoming productions and replacements in the Broadway, Chicago and West Coast companies. Check out the flyer for information on making an audition appointment.

  • Creative Cauldron, Inc. is seeking candidates for Associate Producer, Junior Producer and Producer-in-Training positions for the 2017 summer Arts Adventure Camp program. If interested, visit the Creative Cauldron website.

  • The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) is hiring a part-time Performance Coordinator (pay is $15/hr) for upcoming events in the DC area. For more information on the organization and the position, check out the flyer.

  • The 2017 DC Theatre Technician Cattle Call will be held on Sunday, April 9 and Monday, April 10 at Sidney Harman Hall from 9am to 6pm. Appointments are first come, first serve; to make an appointment, e-mail a PDF of your resume to with the subject line "Cattle Call 2017." More information, check out the cattle call website.

  • Silver Spring Stage is seeking Directors for its 2017 One-Act Play Festival. The Festival takes place August 10-27, with a different program each weekend of original, non-published plays. Please send a statement of interest, including relevant experience, to  Applications are due by April 30, 2017.

  • The Sitar Arts Center has open teaching positions for its summer camp from June 26 to August 6. For more information on the summer camp and the teaching positions, visit the Center's employment page.

  • Theater Alliance in DC is offering an exclusive discount code to its latest production, Mnemonic Use the discount code MNEMONICFF for $25 advance tickets,

  • It’s What We Do –which received the 2015 Best of Fringe Audience Award for Best Drama—is coming back to the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival. Sound and light board operators are needed for the show, as well as for a videotaping of the play the week of August 7-14. For more information and details on how to apply, check out the flyer.

  • Juniors, seniors, and recent graduates: the National Scholarships Office is holding information sessions on the Fulbright Fellowship Program on April 3 through 6. For more information, check out the National Scholarships Office website or e-mail questions to

  • Halcyon Arts Lab is now accepting applications for its 2017/2018 Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship! The fellowship is a nine-month program based in DC providing emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects. Applications due May 4. See the fellowship website or e-mail for more information.
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