Have a wonderful Spring Break, TDPS!
  Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring Break, TDPS!

  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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Upcoming TDPS Auditions
Auditions for Fall Performance Classes
March 27-31

The performance faculty will hold auditions and interviews for the following performance classes next week: THET310, THET324, THET362, THET411, THET425, and THET452.

For all interviews and auditions, students should bring a current résumé and photo. For auditions, students should sign-up for a time slot on the 3rd floor call board across from Schoenbaum (3732) and arrive in comfortable clothing, but please no flip flops. For interviews, students should sign up for a 10 minute slot. 

For more detailed information for each class audition/interview, please review the flyer
Auditions for Fall Productions
April 3 from 6-9pm & April 4 from 4-7pm
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

For the Fall 2017 semester, TDPS will be hosting a first round of auditions for both shows, Antigone (directed by Lisa Nathans) and Love and Information (directed by Jennifer L. Nelson) . Students will have the opportunity to strut their stuff for a panel of faculty members – including Jennifer Barclay, Leslie Felbain, Lisa Nathans, and Scot Reese.

Interested students should prepare one 90-second contemporary monologue and, if auditioning for Antigone, an additional 30-60 second song, poem, or classical monologue.

For more information, check out the audition flyer.
Past Events
ACDA Conference at UMD TDPS
From March 8 to 11, TDPS hosted the Mid-Atlantic North regional conference for the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Attendees participated in master classes, scholarly talks, concerts, and feedback sessions.

Check out some photos from conference events!
Photography credit: Geoff Sheil, The Clarice
TDPS at USITT 2017
TDPS Production Manager Cary Gillett with current students and recent alumni at the  2017 United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference in St. Louis last week. #CarysArmy
Dr. Bruce McConachie visits TDPS Performance Studies seminar
Dr. Bruce McConachie (Professor Emeritus at University of Pittsburgh) visited Dr. Laurie Frederik's Performance Studies graduate seminar last week. Dr. McConachie is a leading theatre history scholar who also writes about cognitive science and theatre.
Upcoming Events
Casting Workshop with Lindsey Kasabian
April 7 at 12pm
Rever Rehearsal Room

Join  Lindsey Kasabian (BA Theatre ’03) for a workshop about casting and entering the professional job market in New York City and Los Angeles. She will offer a brief lecture about her theatre experience at UMD and her decision not to pursue professional acting, but instead find alternative routes to remain the industry. She will offer advice on networking and finding job opportunities in NYC and LA, and she will break down the intricacies of navigating the television business. In particular, she will focus on the casting process and will invite students to participate in a mock casting session. The workshop will also provide students with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss. Check out the flyer .

CLOVE Devising Workshop with Paige Hernandez
April 9 from 1-5pm
Dance Studio 2

Join director  Paige Hernandez (BA Theatre '02) in generating material and ideas for the Spring 2018 production of  CLOVE!
The workshop will be part discussion, part writing, part ensemble-building, with the goal of creating and enhancing content for  CLOVE. The process will be insightful to actors who wish to audition and perform in the piece.
All ages, races, and artistic backgrounds are encouraged. In order to convey a fresh, organic, and relatable experience, the piece will feature multiple disciplines, including theatre, dance, hip hop, spoken word, and more. 

Essence Work with Shana Cooper
of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
April 4, 6, & 11 from 10-11:50am
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

All interested TDPS directors, actors, designers and theatre-makers are invited to take part in a 3-day intensive Essence Work workshop with  Shana Cooper, nationally renowned director and  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company ensemble member.

Essence Work challenges directors, actors, and designers to work together to create non-verbal performances that explode the physical, visual, and aural landscapes of a play, facilitating new forms of theatrical expression.  Learn More .
Please RSVP to Jennifer Barclay.
PhD candidate Jess Krenek, who will take on the role of Administrative Coordinator at College Park Scholars in May.
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  • A student in the Design | Cultures + Creativity Honors College is seeking talent for his capstone project - a soap opera! Joshua A. Davis needs actors, as well as behind-the-scenes talent for the upcoming film shoot. Check out the info sheet and contact Joshua at 410-262-9243, if interested. 

  • The 2017 DC Theatre Technician Cattle Call will be held on Sunday, April 9 and Monday, April 10 at Sidney Harman Hall from 9am to 6pm. Appointments are first come, first serve; to make an appointment, e-mail a PDF of your resume to  Klyphs@mac.com with the subject line "Cattle Call 2017." More information, check out the cattle call website.

  • Apply for the Wingspace Professional Mentorship Program for early career designers!  This free, one-year professional development program offers opportunities in direction, scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design and projection design. The online application is due March 28. Questions? E-mail mentorship@wingspace.com.

  • The Maryland International Film Festival held in Hagerstown is offering acting workshops with “Walking Dead” actress Ann Mahoney. The classes will be held in Hagerstown on March 30th between 6pm - 9 pm and the cost of the class is $40. More information, check out the flyer
  • Photographer Brian Offidani is offering discounted student rates for headshots. He is offering a headshot deal for $100, or if any student would like to take charge and organize a day of shooting with 10 or more students, he will shoot their headshot for free. You can view his work on his website and contact him at (917) 322-9467 to make an appointment.
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