Second Season: The Breaking Point & Babel opens Feb. 23!
 Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Second Season's The Breaking Point & Babel opens this Friday, February 23, so get your tickets.

Congra tulations to Agyeiwaa Asante, Senior BA Theatre candidate, on winning the 2018 Young Women's Voices Monologue Competition and to Paige Hathaway, MFA Design '14, on being honored with the USITT Rising Star Award!

To continue to join UMD in the celebration of Black History Month take a look at the full list of events, by visiting . The theme this year: "Reclaiming Our Voices" illustrates that the black experience on campuses is not always simple to maneuver, but celebrates the efforts that are being made to combat the silencing of black voices.

Looking for summer jobs or internships? Check out the opportunities section below.
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Upcoming Events
Second Season: The Breaking Point & Babel
February 23-24, 2018
Cafritz Foundation Theatre &
The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

The Breaking Point
By Jennifer Kasnadi

The Breaking Point explores how relationships between people devolve due to the current political climate of the US. The piece features interviews with students from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance studies that comment on how politics affect an "epicenter of apathy."

By Almost Human
Babel is a site-specific performance exploring knowledge, histories and beliefs. The piece delves into ancient institutions, where they have come from, and where they are headed. Babel is produced by PhD student Fraser Stevens' experimental theatre company, Almost Human.

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Feature Stories
Helen Huang Teaches Master Class at the Central
Academy of Drama in Beijing
This winter, design Professor Helen Huang was invited as a visiting professor - also called “The Foreign Experts of Professionals” - to teach a master class at The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing . The Central Academy of Drama is the first theatre higher educational institution of the People's Republic of China and now it is affiliated to China's Ministry of Education. It is ranked as one of the best top-level drama, Film & Television arts institutions in China and has been selected into the country’s construction plan of world first-class disciplines.

2nd Annual LA Alumni Party
The University of Maryland, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies' second Los Angeles Alumni Party was a huge success! The theme of the party was Entrepreneurship and the Arts in the Age of Social Media .The Alumni Party was hosted by Jared Paul ('99) and Adam Shapiro ('02) at Jared's Faculty Productions in Los Angeles. Leigh Smiley , Director, Scot M. Reese , Head of Performance and Bonnie Thorton Dill , Dean of Arts and Humanities, all made the trip to connect with alumni.

Congratulations to TDPS Helen Hayes Award Nominees!
Congratulations to faculty, graduate students and alumni who were nominated for 2018 Helen Hayes Awards in recognition of their exceptional work in the Washington D.C. theater scene!

Outstanding Costume Design — Hayes
Helen Q. Huang, “Fickle: A Fancy French Farce,” Olney Theatre Center
Outstanding Costume Design — Helen
Robert Croghan, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre
Debra Kim Sivigny, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” 1st Stage

Outstanding Lighting Design — Helen
A.J. Guban, “The Wild Party,” Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Set Design — Hayes
Paige Hathaway (set), Olivia Sebesky (projection), “Me . . . Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall,” Kennedy Center
Paige Hathaway, “Or,” Round House Theatre
Misha Kachman, “HIR,” Woolly Mammoth and Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre Company
Milagros Ponce de León, “In the Heights,” Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre
Outstanding Set Design — Helen
A.J. Guban, “The Arabian Nights,” Constellation Theatre Company
Debra Kim Sivigny, “Forgotten Kingdoms,” Rorschach Theatre
Debra Kim Sivigny and Patti Kalilm, “Hello, My Name Is . . .” The Welders
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical — Hayes
Aaron Bliden, “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure,” Imagination Stage
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical — Hayes
Korinn Walfall, “Caroline, or Change,” Round House Theatre
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play — Hayes
Felicia Curry, “Nina Simone: Four Women,” Arena Stage
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play — Helen
Gwen Grastorf, “The Late Wedding,” Hub Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical — Helen
Vaughn Ryan Midder, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play — Hayes
Caroline Stefanie Clay, “Skeleton Crew,” Studio Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play — Helen
Felicia Curry, “Lela & Co,” Factory 449
Agyeiwaa Asante Selected to Perform
in Women's Voices Theatre Festival

Agyeiwaa Asante, Senior BA Theatre candidate, has been selected to perform in the 2018 Young Women's Voices Monologue Competition at the Kennedy Center on February 28 as part of the Women's Voices Theatre Festival !

Agyeiwaa's original monologue is told from the perspective of a black woman on election day. Through the fanfare of being exalted on the internet for once again going above and
beyond, she expresses the fact she is sick and tired of being responsible for taking care of everyone else (politically, domestically, economically, mentally, etc), yet still having no one there for her.

Congratulations, Agyeiwaa!

" Women like Maxine Waters and Kamala Harris aren't far and few between. They just need to be given the power they deserve to make change."
Paige Hathaway to Receive Rising Star Award at USITT 2018

Congratulations to Paige Hathaway (MFA Design, Spring '14) on being honored with the USITT Rising Star Award!

The Rising Star Award, established by LiveDesign/LDI in 2005 is given annually to a young professional in the first four years of their career after completing their highest academic degree. The award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in scenic, lighting, sound, projection design, and a convergence of these design disciplines !

  • The Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Summer Institute in New York City is offering five UMD Students a scholarship at $4,625.00 per student. This amount will be used to apply to the tuition and for housing and living expenses for the month long institute. To apply, e-mail NAME an application letter detailing why you want to attend the institute by 12pm on February 21.

  • The 2018 Theatre Internship Fair - hosted by A.R.T./New York in conjunction with The American Theatre Wing - is one of the singular best opportunities for young people to find internships at New York's leading theater companies. This year's event will take place in New York on Saturday, March 10th from 10 AM - 1:30 PM. Registration for the event is mandatory and closes Sunday, March 4th, 2018. For more information, check out the flyer.

  • This spring, Story District performer and trainer Stephanie Garibaldi will be hosting storytelling workshops through the Art and Learning Center. For more information and registration, click here.

  • MD Theatre for the Performing Arts is in search of talented, young performing arts professionals to perform at various fundraisers and receptions that support the theatre. All events will take place in the Annapolis region and will vary in length and time. Interested? Contact Operations Coordinator, Mattie Fenton at 410-626-6055 or

  • Dance Place in hiring a summer interns for a variety of administrative and artistic internships! For more information on the internship programs, click here. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to

  • Capital Fringe is seeking venue managers, lighting coordinators, and audio & projections coordinators for the Capital Fringe Festival July 7 - 29, 2018. For more information, click here or e-mail Lee Cromwell, Festival Producer at

  • Applications for the Creative Capital Award are open through February 28! Artists who receive the Creative Capital Award will have access to up to $50,000 in funding to develop their project, plus advisory services valued at $45,000. We are interested in groundbreaking and original projects, as well as artists who are ready to take full advantage of our non-monetary services. Apply here.
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