TONIGHT: New Play Workshop Panel!
 Monday, March 5, 2018
Spring Semester is in full swing and there are so many amazing things happening in the classrooms, on stage and beyond! You'll want to have your calendar on hand while you read this edition so that you can save-the-dates.

It's Women's History Month and we celebrate all of the contributions of women in history, modern society and the performing arts. A round of applause for all of the female champions right here at TDPS!
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Upcoming Events
TDPS Town Hall
Wednesday, March 7 at 12pm

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If you're tea ching at this time and would like to bring your class, that would be terrific. If you're not teaching, not in a class, not out of town, please BE WITH US.
Michael Chekhov Technique Master Class with Lisa Dalton '75   
March 7, 2018
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

This master class will be very physically active with Michael Chekhov’s body-mind-spirit approach. Come prepared to move freely, with a one minute monologue or 6 line scene. This will be an introduction to Michael Chekhov’s Techniques, with a fast-paced overview of the complete  Circle Chart of Inspired Action .

Henson Awards Showcase    
March 14, 2018
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The talented student recipients of the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry will perform/present their funded projects. This year’s student presenters are Nitsan Scharf, Senior Theatre Major, Kelly Colburn, MFA Projection Design and Brandi Martin, MFA Lighting Design.

PhD Symposium: Recasting the Commons
March 9, 2018
10am - 3:30pm
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

For obvious reasons, there is much concern in the greater Washington-Baltimore region with the current political climate here in the U.S. and with its implications for the practice of theatre and scholarship.For those of us in the arts and in the academy, such shifts raise fundamental questions about the work that we do as practitioners and scholars, and about the new challenges we face amid the rise of the most reactionary undercurrents of society.

Collectively, our invited speakers will ask us to “re-cast,” and re-conceptualize the strategies of political engagement that will be required in theatre and scholarship as we move toward the close of the 21st century’s second decade.

New Play Workshop Panel Discussion & Reading
March 5 & 11, 2018
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The New Play Workshop kicks off TONIGHT with a panel discussion on the new play development process including Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz, Dramaturg and TDPS Professor Faedra Chatard Carpenter, actor and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company member Erika Rose, and playwright and The Welders founding member Allyson Currin.

The weeklong TDPS New Play Workshop will culminate on Sunday, March 11 , in the staged reading of new plays written by UMD students.

Weekday Players: Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl
March 29 & 30, 2018
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Weekday Players present  Melancholy Play , a farce by Sarah Ruhl, exploring the driving forces of emotion and love.

Melancholy Play, written in 2002 by Sarah Ruhl, follows the emotional roller coaster ride of Tilly, a bank teller who is loved by others, including her therapist, her hairdresser, and a bank customer, for her constant state of melancholy. But when Tilly discovers happiness, her joy throws everyone off. Her sadness, we learn, was seductive, but her happiness is just irritating.

MAD DASH Dance Festival
April 4-6, 2018
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Registration for the 2018 MAD DASH Dance Festival is now open for TDPS students and staff! Sign up sheets are located outside of TDPS Offices and outside of Dance Studio Two. 

Experience immersive dance theater, hip hop, performance coaching, creative process, partnering, repertory, choreography feedback, projection collaboration & dance-your-heart-out classes. Featuring guest artist presentations, professional development, artist Q&A, pizza and more!

Black Theatre and Dance Symposium
April 14, 2018
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The 2018 Black Theatre & Dance Symposium continues to champion efforts towards inclusion and diversity in American theatre, dance, and performance. Professionals, scholars, and students will convene to discuss and take action around these ideas in order to influence and expand practices of inclusion in the field of theatre, dance and performance studies.   

Deadlines for Spring 2018 Graduates
APRIL 17, 2018- Dissertation Forms

  • Doctoral Students: Final date to submit: dissertation via ETD System and electronic publication form, to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Dissertation directors to submit signed Report of Examining Committee form to the Office of the Registrar.

APRIL 23, 2018- Master's Thesis & Non-Thesis Forms

If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Gaston at .
Congratulations to the Cast and Team of Eurydice !

Eurydice was huge success with sold out shows! Congratulations to Director Mitchell Hébert, the amazing cast, crew and design team. Director Mitchell Hébert sa id “I am proud of the student actors and designers. They're astounding! I would put this play up against any play, anywhere. Peop le have no idea the how good these people are, how hard they work and the quality work that we are doing here.” 

Check out this great feature on the production from UMD Writer's Bloc.
Eurydice Photos by Geoff Sheil

For more pictures, a peak behind the scenes and team spotlights, take a look at our Instagram page @tdps_umd . Thank you BA theatre senior, Adrianna David (Loud Stone) for your the amazing Instagram takeover!
Michael Boynton Wins 2017-2018 Award for Innovative Teaching
Congratulations to Michael Boynton (PhD '17) for being awarded the 2017-2018 Prize for Innovative Teaching from The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV (KCACTF) this February! A rare and prestigious honor, this award celebrates the best, most innovative professors of theatre across the country.

Michael's dissertation was titled: "Performing Nerd: The Nerd Stereotype in American Popular Culture." He now holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Jacksonville State University Drama Department.

  • Florida Studio Theatre is now accepting applications for its Intern & Acting Apprentice program! The program is an immersive and comprehensive way to bridge the gap between academic theatre and the professional world and to provide additional training and experience. More information or to apply click here.

  • Everyman Theatre is hiring for its Education Apprenticeship program! Everyman is a leading professional theatre in Baltimore dedicated to producing high-quality theatre featuring a resident company of artists and curating transformative experiences through life-long learning and community engagement. Interested? Click here for more information.

  • Shakespeare in Italy's is holding its 4th International Summer School this summer. This year it will take place in Pizzo Calabro in Calabria on the toe of Italy from May 19th – June 2nd. Students will be instructed by highly respected UK based Shakespearean actors and directors. For more information on the program, please see their website.

  • Folger Theatre is hiring Production Stage Managers for its upcoming season. This is a weekly contract position that begins with first rehearsal. Folger Theatre’s performance schedule is an 8 show week. MUST be a member in good standing of Actors’ Equity Association. For more information on how to apply, click here.

  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks an Education Coordinator for an active Education Department. This position provides administrative and office support for the Director of Education and the Education Department managers. If interested, please apply through their website or you may send a cover letter, resume, and references to

  • Attention Graduating Seniors and Alumni: The 2018 DC Theatre Technician Cattle Call will be held on Sunday, April 22 and Monday, April 23 at Sidney Harman Hall from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. For more details and information on how to book an appointment, click here.

  • 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
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Other Events
Dior Ashley Brown Presents... My Vessel
Atlas Performing Arts Center - Lab II
March 2, 2018 at 9:15pm

My Vessel is a dynamic performance that combines, TDPS Alum, Dior Ashley Brown’s one-woman play with music by a live band. Dior discusses her life in D.C., coming into womanhood, and contributing to her evolution as a female emcee. My Vessel delves into women’s issues by focusing on Dior’s experiences with repression and success in her immediate community and the wider community of Hip Hop culture.

Giving Day
March 7, 2018

Giving Day is the largest day of giving at the University of Maryland. Join this record-breaking event on March 7, when alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends from around the globe will come together for one unified purpose—to support UMD. Your gift has the power to bring fearless ideas to life for a student veteran, a deserving scholarship recipient, a renowned faculty member and the entire university community as we serve our state and the world.

Other Announcements
Did you know you can get a great deal on dance and theatre
studio spaces through TDPS?

Need space to: work on a fringe show, prepare for an audition,
build a project, or practice for a dance showcase?
We can help! Our state-of-the-art facility has space you can rent.

Your relationship with the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies may allow you to get
3 FREE HOURS of rehearsal space each semester and additional hours for only $15/hr!
Spaces available now through August 2018. 
For more information, contact Jocelyn Callister at .

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