Welcome back, TDPS! Happy 2019!
Monday, January 28, 2019

Welcome back, TDPS! We hope you had a wonderful and restful winter break. This newsletter is full of upcoming productions, events, and opportunities to help you make the most of your Spring 2019. Mark your calendars now to ensure you don't miss out!
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  • News
  • Opportunities
  • Course Announcements
  • Other Events

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Upcoming Events
Main Season and Second Season - Spring 2019
Spring MFA Dance Thesis Concert
Choreographed by Ama Law and Shawn Stone
February 8 -10

Ama Law presents Tides. Where sand meets sea, it rises and falls. Drifting, floating, calls from our ancestors. Join these women on a journey discovering how different and alike we are in this skin.

‘s (apostrophe s) by Shawn Stone consciously explores the dichotomy of consciousness. In researching the research of researching oneself, this dance explores the inner workings of mind through the awareness of body.

Tickets and information here.
Second Season
Fuse by Suzanne Creedon and Hapa by Jenna Gerdsen
February 1-2

Fuse: A dance work that dissects the juxtaposition of minimality and maximality.

Hapa: Pain and labor lie beneath the pleasurable, paradisiacal landscape of Hawaii. This new play weaves the author’s own upbringing in Hawaii with the island-state's imperialist history and tourist based economy.

Tickets and information here.
Fearless New Play Festival  
Directed by Jennifer Barclay
February 17 / March 7-9

TDPS's Fearless New Play Festival is a three-day celebration of new scripts in development. The festival will kick off with a panel discussion with local theatre professionals. After two weeks of rehearsals, we will present: (1) a keynote speech by nationally renowned Keynote Playwright Sheila Callaghan and a staged reading of her newest play in development, (2) staged readings of new ten-minute plays by current students, and (3) a showcase of new short plays by alumni, followed by a closing night celebration.

Tickets and information here.
Hamlet Replayed
Directed by Leslie Felbain
February 22 - March 2

Hamlet is knee-deep in a personal and political quagmire. His father, the king, has been murdered by his uncle Claudius, who has hastily married his sister-in-law to assume the throne. Seeking to avenge his father’s murder, Hamlet sets off a chain of events resulting in death, destruction and a notable absence of justice. But the politics and scandal in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy are nothing compared to the political discord and global uncertainty of today. This student-driven, devised theater piece, adapted from the Bard’s tale, imagines a new cast of greedy, divisive leaders—and a new generation to challenge those leaders and liberate themselves.

Tickets and information here.
Second Season: Shared Graduate Dance Concert
March 29-30

Featuring provocative choreography by MFA in Dance students, this concert is a collection of eclectic new works, serving as an unguarded exploration of these diverse artists' talents and interests.

Tickets and information here.
Second Season: I've Been a Woman
By Jordan Ealey
April 12-13

This original theater piece follows two souls who are repeatedly reincarnated in Black women’s bodies during feminist movements of the past, present and future. As these embodied souls reconnect with one another across three distinct time periods, they struggle to reconcile the realities of their race, gender and sexuality within societies that seek to deny their humanity. 

Tickets and information here.
The Heidi Chronicles
Directed by Scot Reese
May 4-11

In this witty, amusing and heartfelt coming-of-age story, Heidi Holland grows up before our eyes. Starting out as a bright, idealistic college student of the 1960s, the world around her rapidly changes. With feminist guiding principles, she strives to build a fulfilling life and is forced to confront, through her work, friendship and relationships, the true cost of “having it all.”

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 and information here.
UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert
Directed by Adriane Fang
May 10-12

Encouraged to nurture their authentic artistic voices, undergraduate dance students from TDPS set new works of art into motion in this concert of original choreography. Paired with faculty and graduate student mentors and in collaboration with student designers, these short works span multiple dance styles and are as diverse as the students themselves.

Tickets and information here.
Other upcoming events at TDPS
UTAS Performing Arts Internship Fair
Wednesday, February 6, 2-6PM

Join UTAS for our first annual Performing Arts Internship Fair in the Grand Pavilion of the Clarice! This is an excellent opportunity to network and dip your toes in the DC Theatre and Dance scenes, so bring a resume and a friend!

Grand Pavilion,
The Clarice Performing Arts Center

More info, including the list of organizations that will be present, can be found here.
Call for Second Season 2019-2020 proposals

Second Season is an excellent opportunity to showcase original work, direct a play that you feel our community needs to see, or re-create that dance piece that really speaks to you. Second Season is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Proposals are due on February 11, 2019 to Bobby Hunter at rhunter1@umd.edu. See the call for proposals and Second Season guidelines for more details.
Congratulations to TDPS faculty Jared Mezzocchi, producing artistic director of Andy’s Summer Playhouse, on the theater group’s recent successes for their production of The Arrival at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards!

MFA Dance alumni Matt Reeves ‘17 and Colette Krogol ‘17 of Orange Grove Dance won Best Youth Production for The Arrival and MFA Design candidate Peter Leibold won Best Lighting Design.
The Arrival also picked up Best Sound Design by Dylan Glatthorn, who is a continued collaborator of Orange Grove Dance.

Adapted from the illustrated novel, The Arrival by Shaun Tan, this silent production explores themes of the immigrant experience as a man finds his way to a new world and learns how to survive in a land that does not speak his language.
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  • NEW The 2019 DC Arts/Culture Career Development Fair will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 11am-3pm at Arena Stage (1101 6th Street SW). Join more than 20 of the region’s most renowned arts and cultural organizations and learn about various internships, fellowships, and career opportunities throughout DC. Meet representatives from Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and many more. Attendance at the fair is free, however, due to space limitations please register in advance. Make your reservation here. If you have any questions, email drawlins@shakespearetheatre.org
  • NEW The Clarice's NextLOOK, a partnership with Joe's Movement Emporium, is seeking applications from artists to develop new work in 2019-2020. Applications are due on Friday, March 1. See the call for applications here. To learn more about strategies for applying, please plan to attend a NextLOOK Information Session on Monday, February 4 at 6pm at Joe's. A community building workshop led by NextLOOK alum and amazing dancer/choreographer Vincent Thomas will start off the evening, and pizza will be provided. RSVP here.

  • NEW Silver Spring Stage is seeking original one-act scripts for its upcoming annual One-Act Festival. The Festival will run two or three weekends in August 2019. Silver Spring Stage will award Playwrights’ Prizes at the conclusion of the Festival. Prizes of $150 will be awarded to Best One-Act Play and $100 to One-Act Runner-Up. All plays presented as part of the Festival will be eligible for prizes. Authors need to submit by filling out an Online Submission Form and submit a payment here. All submissions must be received by January 31, 2019 and selected playwrights will be notified no later than April 15, 2019. Find out more about the Stage at www.ssstage.org. Email oneacts2019@ssstage.org with any questions.
  • NEW Want to be a mentor? Join America Reads*America Counts*Partners in Print! AR*AC*PNP offers great opportunities to develop your leadership capacity and skills, as well as build bonds with passionate and hard-working UMD students! Final application deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Apply at go.umd.edu/mentorapp.
  • NEW The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is seeking two performing artists or artist groups/organizations to develop and perform new work for Waterfront Park. One opportunity is for dance or movement-based work and the other is for music or sound-based work. The selected artists or artist groups/organizations will be commissioned to create a new site-specific work through a residency process and will receive an all-inclusive fee of $8000 to develop the original, site-specific work and provide a minimum of four scheduled performances on site at Waterfront Park within the period of June to November 2019. The deadline for receipt of qualifications is February 20. The full Call to Artists can be found here.
  • NEW The Welders, DC's professional playwrights' collective, is seeking a dramaturgy intern. To apply, please see the attached call.
  • NEW Studio Theatre is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 Apprenticeship program. Studio Theatre’s 50-week apprenticeship program introduces motivated young professionals to the rigors and rewards of working at a fast-paced theatre in Washington DC’s rich and extensive theatre community. The priority deadline for applications is Friday, February 15. For more information visit here, or email apprenticeship@studiotheatre.org.

  • NEW The Essential Theatre is currently seeking experienced Production personnel on a per project basis. Positions will be needed for project(s) preparation and execution supervision between February 25th of 2019 and November 30 of 2019. Outside production dates for the first project are May 1st through July 29th. The performance will run July 7th through 28th at Anacostia Playhouse. For more information and to apply, go here. Please direct questions to info@theessentialtheatre.org

  • NEW Arena Stage Fellowships and Internships Program is seeking applications for full-time paid season fellowships and summer internships, due on February 8. More information here.

  • NEW Apply to the Spring 2019 Foxworth Do Good/ARH-U Ready Unpaid Internship Scholarship! Open to ARHU students in unpaid internships, this award ranges from $250 to $1000. To be eligible, (1) you must be enrolled in an internship course or UNIV099, (2) you must complete a minimum of 135 hours at the site during the semester, (3) the internship must be unpaid/not offer compensation, and (4) if the organization is a for-profit organization, it must have approximately 50 or fewer employees. Apply by February 5. More information here. Please contact Kate Juhl at kjuhl@umd.edu with any questions.

  • NEW Avant Bard seeks Non-AEA Stage Manager, Costume Designer, Sound Designer and Properties Designer for upcoming production of Topdog/Underdog. These are paid, professional positions. More information here.

  • NEW The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an Education Office Coordinator for an active Education Department. This position provides administrative and office support for the Senior Director of Education and Engagement and the Education Department. Please apply on their website, or send a cover letter, resume, and references to employment@shakespearetheatre.org.
  • NEW Capital Fringe Festival is is seeking a costumer designer, lighting designer, sound designer, and props/set designer for the Fringe Curates/Presents program within the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. All are paid positions. They are also still seeking a Production Manager and Box Office Manager for the upcoming festival. Please send cover letter & resume and references to jobs@capitalfringe.org. Please put “Fringe Curates/Present Designer” in the subject line. Deadline for applicants is February 4, 2019. See Fringe Festival Jobs for more details.
  • Want cheap tickets to the Kennedy Center? Join the MyTix Student rush program to get tickets to performances for $10 or $20. All elementary through undergraduate students are eligible to sign up for Student Rush. Student Rush tickets are made available for purchase two weeks before a performance, and students are able to purchase up to two tickets at this reduced price so that they can bring a parent. For more details and to sign up, visit their website.

  • Bates Dance Festival will soon announce their 2019 Summer Festival line-up. BDF is an international professional dance training program with multiple work-study, internship and scholarship opportunities in admin, dance education, social media, community engagement, technical production, and videography. Applications for technical production and videography internships are highly encouraged. The Technical Production Internship is intended for young designers with a strong interest in dance production and stage design. The focus of the Videography Internship is on camera work and video editing necessary for proper documentation and promotional materials related to dance. For more information, contact Kendra Portier (TDPS Dance artist-in-residence) or visit the Bates Dances Festival website.

  • American Dance Festival is now accepting applications for their 2019 Arts Administration and Production Internship Program. The deadline is February 1. More details on their website. Also find out more about their summer staff positions in Arts and Administration and Production and their summer dance intensive programs by checking here.

  • BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, is accepting resumes for a full-time Technical Director (TD). The TD will work in tandem with Operations Manager to train rotating overhire crews to implement and facilitate this quality work for all events. Compensation ranges between $35-$40K + benefits with future merit increases. Please forward cover letter, resumes or personal CV, and three recommendations to brad@blackrockcenter.org.

  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is inviting students to apply for the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship Program for the 2019-2020 season. In-person auditions will be held in Cincinnati and New York City in late January and early February. For more information, visit their website.

  • Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is offering internship opportunities that give students hands-on experience in the professional world. They are currently seeking interns for the Winter, Spring, and Summer of 2019 in: Costume, Directing, Development, Marketing, Education, and General Theatre. For more information and to apply, visit their website.
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Course Announcements
This Spring, Dr. Susan Wiesner will be teaching a graduate seminar on the Performing Arts and Digital Humanities called “Creative Ambiguities: Embodiment, Text, and the Digital Humanities” (MITH741). The course will take place on Tuesdays from 2-5PM in the MITH seminar room in Hornbake Library. Check Testudo for more information.
Other Events
Tap Dogs at the Kennedy Center
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019

Dein Perry's global dance sensation Tap Dogs hits the road on an international tour of jaw-dropping new surprises. An adrenaline-pumped cast turns traditional tap dancing upside-down and into the ultimate night out. Tickets and information here .
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