Good luck on finals and have a relaxing break!
TDPS Newsletter
  Monday, December 12, 2016

Congratulations to all as we finish up the semester! This will be the last TDPS newsletter of the year, and we'll pick up again at the end of January when the Spring semester begins. Please keep sending news and updates.

Good luck on finals this week, and have a happy and restful break!

  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 Events
  Upcoming events:
  • Monday, December 12 (today!): The First Year Dance Grad Choreography Showing with Professor Sara Pearson will take place from 11:30am-1pm in Dance Studio 1, featuring MFA Dance candidates Ama Law, Stacey Carlson, Shawn Stone, and Christine Hands.
  • Monday, December 12 (also today!): The UTAS Cabaret and Date Auction will take place at 7:30pm in the Cafritz Foundation Theatre. Come see your friends perform in this Vaudeville-themed night of wonder! In between performances, they will be auctioning off some fantastic dates and there will also be baked goods on sale.
First-year MFA Dance candidates Ama Law, Christine Hands (with Nila Law), Shawn Stone, and Stacey Carlson (Photo credit: Miriam Phillips)
Past events:
  Professor Leslie Felbain’s Character Development Class (THET324) presents
“The Measure of Our Lives” at the National Portrait Gallery

The audience was invited to walk through the Gallery as the actors brought historical figures to life and shared their stories. Such figures included: Albert Einstein ( Noah Israel), Mary Baker Eddy ( Mikala Nuccio), Lynn Fontanne ( Tamar Gasko), Gwendolyn Brooks ( Whitney Geohagan), Helena Rubinstein ( Iliana Papanicolaou), Juliette Gordon Low ( Monica Albizo), Paul Laurence Dunbar ( Morgan Scott), Cesar Chavez ( Montana Monardes), and Marian Anderson ( Summer Brown).

Congratulations to all students and organizers!

Monica Albizo as Juliette Gordon Low. Photo Credit: Geoff Sheil, The Clarice

  Mikala Nuccio as Mary Baker Eddy. Photo Credit: Geoff Sheil, The Clarice 
   Tamar Gasko as Lynn Fontanne . Photo Credit: Geoff Sheil, The Clarice 
     Noah Israel as Albert Einstein . Photo Credit: Geoff Sheil, The Clarice 
MFA Design Candidate Kelly Colburn Featured on URTA Blog

MFA Design candidate Kelly Colburn was featured as part of the blog's "Picture Yourself @" series on MFA programs:

" The lure of UMD’s MFA in Design is rooted in the fantastic resources of the tech shops, invaluable knowledge and experience of the faculty (in all facets- design, performance studies, acting, and dance), and the respect between the students and the administration. The classes are demanding and challenging but necessary in creating an intellectual and artistic toolbox to take out into the real world. Our mentors are working professionals and so we have the unique opportunity of assisting and learning from them not just in the classroom but outside of it ."
Review of Jonelle Walker and Leticia Ridley’s Second Season Blood Memories
in The Diamondback

MA candidates Jonelle Walker and Leticia Ridley had their recent Second Season show reviewed in The Diamondback: "Watching fellow students achieve their artistic visions is always a pleasure, but it is much more gratifying when what they produce is not only entertaining, but exceptional .... Our country's current political climate, filled with examples of bigotry, intolerance and frustration, made the two vastly different plays emerge as striking pieces of art."
Alumna Jessie Laurita-Spanglet selected for Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Award 

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet (MFA Dance ‘14)  received a Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Award from  the Art Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The grant award will allow her to obtain a camera and accessories to document her work as a dancer artist and choreographer which is essential in today’s high tech artistic profession. Read more about Jessie and the other awardees here.
TDPS Senior Adrianna David crowned Miss Maryland USA

As reported by The Diamondback, Adrianna was crowned on November 6 and "[n]ow, the communication and theatre major is preparing to take the stage in this summer's Miss USA pageant." Read the article find out more about her platform and her non-profit organization Charities Angels.

Congratulations, Adrianna!
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Jobs & Opportunities
Reminder: Call for   2017-2018 Second Season Proposals!

Do you have a production idea, but it's not quite ready for the Main Season?

It may be a perfect fit for the Second Season!

Second Season provides students with the opportunity to produce their own work in a TDPS space. We look for pieces in all states of development. Your idea doesn’t have to be ready to be “fully produced” to be considered. 

Second Season is completely self-produced by the student. You find your own designers, director/choreographers, you cast your own performers, and recruit your own crew, and with a modest department-provided budget, you produce your own show! It is an exciting study in self-production.

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase that original dance piece you have been working on, or direct a play that you feel the department NEEDS to see, or do a staged reading of a play you are writing. As an example, this season, we are producing premieres by student playwrights, multimedia pieces, and several original dance pieces

Interested? Mark the proposal deadline - Monday, February 13, 2017 - in your calendar!

Before you fill out the application (PDF and Docx), please review the Second Season guidelines.

Email electronic submissions to Cate Barger at
Place paper submissions in Cate Barger’s mailbox in the TDPS Mail Room.

Spring 2017 Class Offerings
  Scholarships & Fellowships
  • Undergraduate students: UMD Libraries is now accepting submissions for the Library Award for Undergraduate Research. As you are working on your research papers now, please consider submitting your final outstanding paper for one of the three $1,000 awards offered this year. More details available here.

  • Juniors: The Beinecke Scholarship Program provides graduate study scholarships in the humanities and social sciences to juniors of exceptional, demonstrated academic ability who have a high degree of financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA process. Learn more about the program and application process by contacting Dr. Leslie Brice at the National Scholarships Office.
  • Jobs & Auditions
    • Lean & Hungry Theater is now hiring production positions for King Lear: production manager; stage manager; asstistant stage manager; and lighting, set, and costume designers. Rehearsal begins March 6; tech begins March 27; performances run through 4/24. Dates and application info are available here.
    • The 39th annual StrawHat Auditions will take place March 17-19. The application deadline is February 1, but early submission is recommended. Registration for Staff/Tech/Design ends March 1. For more information, check out their flyer.
    • The Library of Congress, Music Division is looking for a Producing and Company Management Intern for January 16, 2017 to May 20, 2017. The position is part-time, unpaid, with a possible extension into the summer. If interested, please email (PDF only) your resume, cover letter, and references to with the subject “APPLICATION: Production Internship – Spring 2017".
    • Seniors: Imagination Stage offers a one-year Professional Apprentice program to a select group of outstanding candidates who are seeking a career in theater and theater education. Click the linked flyer for more information!
    • Vagabond Players are holding open auditions for their May/June, 2017 show, Phillip King's farce, See How They Run. They will be held at the Theatre on December 14-16 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) at 7pm, and on Saturday, December 17, at 2:30pm, at the Theatre. Interested and have questions? E-mail the Director, Tyrone Chapman, at
    • The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks candidates for the position of Production Administrator. More information on their website.
    • Thirsting Productions is in search for production roles for a 2017 Capital Fringe show tentatively titled Enjoying: co-producer, director, stage manager, stage crew (light and sound), operators and stagehands, lighting designer, set designer, makeup designer, and costume designer. Students are welcome and a stipend will be available. Email with a resume and which role you are interested in.

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