Heidi Chronicles has opened and UMoves opens on Friday!
Monday, May 6, 2019

The Heidi Chronicles opened last Saturday and runs until this Saturday, May 11, and UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert runs this weekend from May 10-12. Please join us for our TDPS Scholarship Reception after the opening of UMoves on Friday, May 10. See the details below.

Congratulations to Professor Scot Reese, who was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre last month. Also congratulations to Assistant Professor Jennifer Barclay on her Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) award for "Ripe Frenzy." Find out more about these honors in the features below.
Did you miss Maryland Day? Check out what our dance and musical theatre students were up to on this fun, community-oriented event!

Photos by David Andrews.
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Upcoming Events
The Heidi Chronicles

By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Scot Reese
May 4-11
Kogod Theatre

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 available here.
The Heidi Chronicles / Photo credit: David Andrews
UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert
Directed by Adriane Fang
May 10-12
Dance Theatre

Encouraged to nurture their authentic artistic voices, undergraduate dance students from the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies set new works of art into motion in this concert of original choreography.

Tickets available here .
TDPS Scholarship Reception
Friday, May 10
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

In gratitude to our generous donors who support education in the performing arts, we will celebrate TDPS scholarship students at a reception after the opening of UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert on Friday, May 10. We will honor this year's scholarship recipients, including the recipients of the first TDPS Board of Visitors Awards.
The Muses: Original Works Project

Sunday, May 12, 6:00pm
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Project, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students. More information here.
Upcoming Events
Featured Stories
Professor Franklin Hildy, Professor Scot Reese and TDPS Director Leigh Wilson Smiley
at the College of Fellows of the American Theatre ceremony last month
Scot Reese inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre

Professor Scot Reese was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in a ceremony held at the Kennedy Center. Since 1965, induction into the American Educational Theatre Association’s College of Fellows of the American Theatre has been one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals of America’s educational and theatre community. Congratulations, Scot!
“Ripe Frenzy” by Jennifer Barclay, produced at New Repertory Theatre in Boston in 2018.
Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.
Jennifer Barclay’s “Ripe Frenzy” wins IRNE award

Assistant Professor Jennifer Barclay received a 2019 Best New Play (Small Theater) Award from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) for “Ripe Frenzy,” a play that uses innovative storytelling and media projections designed by Assistant Professor Jared Mezzocchi to explore how a small town experiences a mass shooting.

Read the full story here.
The campus & community influence of the NoMaj Dance Concert
Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30pm
Dance Theatre

The NoMaj Dance Concert is a cheekily titled showcase that started in Spring 2018. The informal showcase, now in its third semester, highlights the work of non-Dance majors (NoMaj) taking dance classes. 

MFA Dance candidate Christine Hands has been the director and organizer of the NoMaj show since its inception. Traditionally, during the last week of classes, most classes for Dance majors share work in an informal setting with faculty and fellow students. This event offers an opportunity for non-Dance majors to share their progress in a similar setting.

“The show is a great way to build community, share what happens in other classes, and also advertise not only the success of our students, but also the valuable learning and growth happening in each of our unique classes,” explains Hands.

Read the full story here.
ARHU's new Arts Leadership Minor

TDPS will be the administrative home for the College of Arts and Humanities' new Arts Leadership Minor. The minor will have the following requirements:

  • ARHU240 - Cultural Institutions in the United States, Offered Fall 2019 (3 credits) 
  • ARHU340 - Financial Entrepreneurship for the Arts Leader, Offered Spring 2020 (3 credits)
  • ARHU386A - Arts Leadership Professional Internship (3 credits) 
  • ENGL398A - Writing for the Arts (3 credits) 
  • ARHU440 - Arts Leadership Seminar (3 credits) 

See attached for more details. Enroll now to reserve your spot in this exciting new minor!
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  • NEW A new apartment community, Alloy by Alta, at 4700 Berwyn House Road, is looking for different artists to perform on every Friday night in May. They will have food trucks on site from 5-7pm and would love for you to showcase your talents as guests enjoy their meals. Stipend available to all performers. They are interested in any and all submissions, including: contemporary dance, improvisational dance, contemporary jazz combo to play sets, improv actors to engage with audience in a stand up comedy routine of sorts, a cappella performance group to sing, etc. Please submit all submissions to Cultural Development Manager of Alloy by Alta, Rachael Coad, at rachcoad@gmail.com ASAP to be considered and book a Friday.

  • NEW Joe’s Movement Emporium is seeking an experienced part-time Arts Educator Program Assistant. The position would assist in daily service delivery to 60-75 children ages 5-12 after school and during the summer. More information and application here.

  • NEW The UMD Academic Achievement Program (AAP) is recruiting for a THET110 tutor for the Summer II semester. This position is paid. For more information, see the attached flyer and visit go.umd.edu/STP2019APP, or email Shakeena King at aaptutoring@umd.edu.

  • NEW College Park Academy Plus is seeking instructors who are interested in teaching in after-school programs during the 2019-2020 school year. Compensation commensurate with experience. For more information, see the attached flyer or email Bernitta Johnson at bernitta.johnson@pgcps.org.

  • NEW Graduate film student at American University, Nicc Gadsden, is seeking actors for the three leading characters of his thesis film “Three Way,” a jazz film about three musically talented Baltimore youths. See the attached synopsis and character descriptions here. If interested, email niccgadsden@threeway.com

  • The Traveling Players Ensemble is seeking directors, designers, and teachers for their Summer Theatre Program in Washington, DC. Visit their website and read their flyer for more information.

  • Summer at Norwood, a camp based in Bethesda, MD, is looking for a theatre teacher to teach one or two theatre classes at camp from July 8-19. Classes are for 1st-4th graders (divided by age group), and teachers must have a degree from a college or university. More information about the camp can be found here.

  • Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has launched the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship. For more information, check out the announcement. Email Michael Francis at mfrancis@tcg.org for more details.

  • CCA/Creative Cultural Alliance is launching their inaugural Summer Program. The program will provide week long intensives with Jan Fabre's and Anne Bogart's Companies. There is also a 20% tuition discount for a limited amount of applicants. For more information, visit the CCA Facebook page here.

  • Join the Washington Area Certified Movement Analysts (WACMA) for a workshop on the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) on Saturday, May 18. The workshop will provide an introduction for curious newcomers and a review/update for those with some LBMS background. Open to all, no experience required. Register here and check out the flyer for more details. Email info@wacma.net for more information.

  • Andrew Schneider’s performances push theater into new experiences that defy easy categorization. With AFTER, Schneider and his recurring collaborators will present part two of a trilogy about what it means to be alive in the world today. AFTER is a mind-bending performance examination of what constitutes a single life and the endless possible outcomes at the precise moment of death. With their trademark combination of hyper-precise sound, light and physicality, this NYC-based team manipulates theatrical conventions to deliver a poignant evening of shared consciousness about perceiving where we are, how we got here, and what comes AFTER. For Andrew Schneider’s upcoming performance at The Clarice on May 10 & 11, they are seeking 9 HYPERCUT “Principals” to handle the bulk of the scenes. More information about this opportunity can be found in the call.

  • Folger Shakespeare Library is seeking an assistant stage manager and lead house manager for its 2019/2020 season. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on their website.

  • Capital Fringe is looking for staff and interns for a variety of positions for the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival from July 9-28. For more information, visit their website and check out their flyer.
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