Congratulations to our graduates - have a wonderful winter break, TDPS!
 Monday, December 18, 2017
Congratulations to our graduates and to everyone on a successful semester! This is our last newsletter of 2017. Stay tuned for more TDPS news and events coming up in 2018.

Have a wonderful and restful winter break!
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  • Upcoming events
  • Feature stories
  • News
  • Opportunities

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Upcoming TDPS Events
Congratulations to our Graduates!
December Commencement Details
TDPS Commencement
Wednesday, December 20, 9:30am
Kogod Theatre
Campus-wide Commencement
Tuesday, December 19, 6pm
Xfinity Center
Save the Date!
Mad Dash Dance Fest 2018
April 4-5, 2018
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

At Mad Dash Dance Fest, we will offer sixteen master classes from a variety of styles, including modern, hip hop, experimental dance, and immersive dance theater. Our classes will focus a range of topics, including technique, creative process, repertory, the business of dance, and more.

This special event will feature four guest artists: Christopher K. Morgan , Raja Feather Kelly , Edward Rice , and Shakia Johnson .

Mad Dash Dance Fest is free and open to the public, but enrollment will be limited. Online registration will open soon, so save the date and stay tuned!

For more information, please contact Sara Pearson at .
Feature Stories
Dr. Maura Keefe Named Dorothy G. Madden Professor
in Dance 2018-2020
Congratulations to Professor Maura Keefe on being selected as the next Dorothy G. Madden Professor in Dance from Fall 2018 to Spring 2020!

Dr. Keefe has spent her career supporting dance creation, education, and preservation. She is a leading voice in the development of nationally recognized Audience Engagement programs in dance, through her writing, public interviewing, and lectures around the world. Her research in audience engagement has primarily taken place at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival . Her more recent work in the digital humanities enables her to expand her research to a wide range of dance cultures and other disciplines, such as theatre, music, and visual art.

Stage Management Students from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts Finish Up Internship at UMD TDPS
Gao Jing and Zhang Yuanyuan have just completed their two-month internship at the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, as visitors from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) in Beijing. They have been under the tutelage of our production manager,  Cary Gillett , who is spearheading a stage management training program at NACTA, the first of its kind in China.

The relationship between TDPS and NACTA can be traced back to our Fall 2012 production of Shakespeare’s  A Midusmmer Night’s Dream , which was a bilingual co-production that was staged at both The Clarice at the University of Maryland and at NACTA in Beijing.

NACTA students Gao Jing and Zhang Yuanyuan (right)
with Cary Gillett (left).
  • Professor Jennifer Barclay was awarded a DGF Writers Alliance Grant from the Dramatists Guild Foundation for her play, Ripe Frenzy. Congratulations, Jennifer!

  • Studio Theatre is seeking interns for the spring! The company is hiring for all internship positions with a priority deadline of January 4th. For more information on the internship program, check out the flyer. If you have questions, please e-mail

  • Interested in the digital humanities and the performing arts? Next semester, Susan Wiesner, our digital humanist in residence at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, will be teaching a graduate elective through the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). The course will give a nuanced overview of the history of the digital within performance and explore various technical approaches that can enable the exploration of intersections of research and practice, the connections between creation and research, and yes, even "cool" performance. Registration details are available on Testudo.
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