Good luck with finals, TDPS!
 Monday, May 7, 2018
The semester is winding down and hopefully it been a wonderful few months for all. Good luck with finals TDPS!

Here are a few tips to consider when preparing for final exams:

  • Start early. Don’t wait to the last minute.
  • Know what to expect. What format is your final? What percentage of the grade is your final exam? Be sure you know the answer to these types of questions.
  • Create a balanced study plan and schedule.
  • Self-test & go to review sessions
  • Don’t cram. Cramming can cause anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information.
  • Unplug! Turn off your cell phone. No unnecessary distractions while studying.
  • Stay healthy! During finals, it’s easy to overindulge on junk food, up your caffeine intake, and basically suspend all personal hygiene. Don’t fall into this rut. Instead, schedule time for healthy meals and regular exercise.

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Upcoming Events
Nomination Request: ARHU Service Awards
DEADLINE: Monday, May 14

The Dean has announced the call for nominations for the 2018 ARHU Service Awards. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and reward faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated exemplary service to the College. Once a year we have the chance to celebrate those individuals who epitomize the College’s highest standards of commitment, performance and dedication.  Please consider nominating worthy individuals.
Details of the nominating criteria and process for each of the three award categories - Faculty, Staff and Student - may be found on the ARHU website.
Backing Beyonce: Ariel O’ Neal
"Introduced by the staccato beat of a drumline and the blasts of a powerful horn section right out of a vintage HBCU marching band, Beyoncé strutted onto the main Coachella stage.The night—punctuated by flashes from fans’ phones and their awestruck cries—was historic: The superstar was the first black woman and only the third female solo act to headline the music festival in the California desert. Guitarist Ariel O’Neal ’16 (second from left, above) stood in the middle of it all as part of her supporting band."

Congratulations to the cast and crew of "Clove" on a phenomenal production!

Alumna Paige Hernandez, wrote and directed this devised multidisciplinary piece where spoken word, hip-hop, jazz and more were powerfully fused together to address issues surrounding identity, diversity and community. "Clove" allowed the cast to be a part of the creative process and infuse their own story into the collective story.

Check out The Writer's Bloc review here.
Brian MacDevitt Nominated for Tony Award
Congratulations to Professor Brian MacDevitt for his recent Tony Award nomination for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Carousel!

This nomination follow's Professor MacDevitt's five previous Tony Awards for lighting design for Book of Mormon (2011), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (2009), The Coast of Utopia (2007), The Pillowman (2005), and Into the Woods (2002).

James Harding's New Book Featured in Theatre Journal 
Professor  James M. Harding has recently published two books: The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade (2017) and   Performance, Transparency, and the Cultures of Surveillance   ( 2018). The Sixties, Center Stage received a strongly positive review from Jason Fitzgerald in the recent March 2018 edition of  Theatre Journal .

Congratulations on both the publications and the positive review, Dr. Harding!

Other Announcements
New Online Course

Want to earn Theatre credits this summer from the comfort of your your home, at your own pace?

THET 328F: The Study of Filmed Plays
Taught by: Assistant Professor Jennifer Barclay
When: July 9 - August 17
Where: Online from any location, on your schedule
3 credits

The Study of Filmed Plays is an analysis class, with a creative component. The course focuses on cinematic adaptations of plays by comparing and contrasting the stage and screen versions in concept, writing, and production. Students will gain insight and appreciation for both art forms through structural analysis, forum discussions, creative projects and written critiques. You will view a collection of powerful films, see two professional play productions of your choice, and practice your skills of adaptation with a final creative project.Fulfills supporting credit requirements for theatre majors.

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TDPS Summer Courses 

Ever considered taking Acting for the Camera or Voice Over Technique... Got Summer plans?
Check out these great courses that can fulfill credit requirements for general education or a theater major, taught by TDPS Assistant Professor Lisa Nathans.
3 credits
THET328C: Acting for the Camera

When: June 18 - July 5 (Monday-Thursday) 10:00AM-1:30PM
July 9 - July 26 (Monday-Thursday) 2:30-6:00PM

Are you ready for your close up? This course offers a step by step process for the actor to prepare for any type of on-camera work (Commercial, Feature Film, TV Drama/Comedy). Adjusting the actors work from stage to film is emphasized. Technique also includes awareness of eyeline, pacing, and camera angle. Students will conclude the course with MP4 files of their work.
THET328R: Voice Over Technique: Accents, Dialects, and Character Voices

When: June 18 - July 5 (Monday-Thursday) 2:30-6:00PM

Learn how to use your voice to make money at home and on the road! Voice Over Technique covers every genre of VO you can imagine, including Radio Commercials, Television Commercials, Audiobook Narration and Animation. This course also touches on the Business of the Voice Over Business. Students will conclude the course with MP3 files of their work.
THET285: The Art of Communication and Presentation Skills

When: July 9 through July 26 (Monday-Thursday) 10:00AM-1:30PM

An introduction to the fundamental practice and theory of public speaking and oral communication using theatrical techniques of both performance and the craft of storytelling.

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  • The Office of International Affairs is happy to announce that the 2018 Global Classrooms Initiative Call for Proposals is now live! The Global Classrooms Initiative provides financial support for faculty to develop innovative, project-based courses that bring together UMD students and students from partner universities around the world using various digital technologies. The pre-proposal deadline for the current GCI competition is June 15, 2018. 

  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks qualified Teaching Artist candidates for Camp Shakespeare 2018, a summer education program from June 25—August 18. Teaching Artists must have experience teaching 9-11 year olds and have availability from June 25—July 7 (There is no camp on July 4). For more information about Camp Shakespeare click here. You can apply through their website or you may send a cover letter, resume, and references to

  • The Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC) is looking for directors for their 2018-2019 season: The Grand Duke by Gilbert & Sullivan, Jack and the Beanstalk by Jack Davies, and Princess Ida by Gilbert & Sullivan. If you are interested in directing a show, please email a one-page treatment of the opera to no later than May 15, 2018. The one-pager should relate your concept for the production, to include any cuts, staging, scenery, costume, or rehearsal requirements.

  • Join Dance Exchange's Summer Institute! Dance Exchange Institutes are a part of their Organizing Artists for Change initiative, focusing on responding to important issues and opportunities of our time. Marketing and space stewardship applications accepted through May 11. All information and registration can be found at

  • Kensington Arts Theatre (KAT), an award-winning local community theatre in Kensington, MD, is looking for backstage volunteers for its production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, opening May 11. They are looking for a sound board operator, spotlight operator, backstage set hands, and backstage makeup/dressers. More information can be found here.

  • The Artist Partner Program at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is looking for a new Student Assistant for this upcoming summer and for next year's Fall and Spring semesters.The Student Assistant is a work/study position for an undergraduate student. Applications for the summer are due on Friday, May 18th and applications for the Fall and Spring semesters are due Friday, July 13th. More information on the position and the application process can be found here.
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Other Events
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