Join us for Presidents Pines' Inauguration events, the Rebels & Revels Symposium,
the Henson Awards Showcase, and more!
Monday, April 19, 2021

This week is Inauguration Week, in celebration of Darryll J. Pines, the 34th president of the University of Maryland. Inauguration activities will continue throughout the week, with arts highlights on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (see the details below). Please join us for these virtual events!

The Rebels and Revels Virtual Symposium on the Theatre of the Middle East continues this week, with three special performances and the last panel on Thursday at 3PM. We finish up the week with our annual Henson Awards Showcase, featuring student projects funded by the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry. Check out all the details below.

Finally, if your class is presenting a public showing of end-of-semester work, please email Bobby Hunter at with your course title, the date/time of your showing, and the access link (Zoom or otherwise). We will compile a list so that folks can sign up and attend the showings.

If you have any news or events to share, please send them along!
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Upcoming events
Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines

April 19-24

Celebrate the installation of Dr. Darryll J. Pines as the 34th President of the University of Maryland with a week of events showcasing the University of Maryland’s greatness.

Check out these arts highlights:

  • Monday, April 19, 5PM: "The Art of Humanizing Grand Challenges." A moderated panel of arts and humanities experts provide insights on some of today’s Grand Challenges from a historical, cultural and artistic perspective.
  • Tuesday, April 20, 7PM: "The Life and Legacy of David C. Driskell." President Pines joins Driskell Center Director Curlee Holton to reflect on the life and legacy of the late artist, scholar, curator and distinguished university professor emeritus.
  • Thursday, April 22, 7PM: "Moving Maryland Forward: A Celebration of the Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines." This evening celebration features a series of Grand Challenges lightning talks, performances and remarks from special guests, including President Pines. This event will include a feature on the TDPS collaboration, "Subject to Change."

See the full schedule and RSVP here.
Rebels and Revels: A Virtual Symposium on the Theatre of the Middle East 

Performance dates: April 19 and 21 at 7PM, April 20 at 5PM
Final panel: April 22 at 3PM

"Rebels and Revels: A Virtual Symposium on the Theatre of the Middle East" is a public humanities event that explores through scholarship and performance how theatre in the Middle East is shaped in its diaspora, and how the artists navigate Middle Eastern theatre history in their creative processes.

See the full schedule and details on our website. Register for free here.
Henson Awards Showcase

Streaming online
April 23, 7:30PM

The talented student recipients of the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry will perform/present their funded projects. The recipients are: Christina Robson, Bill Kassay, Tristan Koepke, and Channing Tucker.

The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies hosts an annual competition and recipients are awarded funds to create a puppet project or performance. The Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry was established by Jane Henson '55 to honor the memory of Jim Henson '60, creator of the world famous Muppets.

Register for free tickets here.
Spring Dance Concert
Patrik Widrig, director

Streaming online
May 7 & 8, 7:30PM

In this varied, vibrant and celebratory dance presentation, the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies offers new works of art in motion. The performance consists of a selection of undergraduate and graduate dance student choreography and works by artist-in-residence Marielis Wentworth Garcia and guest choreographer Chuck Wilt, artistic director of UNA Productions based on the west coast.

Register for free tickets here.
MFA Design Portfolio Review

May 18
One-on-one interviews 9AM-3PM
Open house 4-7PM

Please join us for our MFA Design Digital Portfolio Showcase!

At the end of each academic year, our MFA Design candidates present their design portfolios for review by faculty and local design professionals. This year, the portfolio review will take place on Zoom. Design portfolios include studio projects as well as fully realized academic and professional scenic, costume, lighting or projection designs. Check out the MFA Design portfolio website here.

RSVP here.
End-of-Semester Showings

If your class is presenting a public showing of end-of-semester work, please email Bobby Hunter at with your course title, the date/time of your showing, and the access link (Zoom or otherwise). We will compile a list so that folks can sign up and attend the showings. More info on how to sign up is coming soon.
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  • TDPS alum Felicia Curry is the new host of WETA Arts! In the April episode of this magazine-style monthly show, she interviews Maggie Boland of Signature Theatre about the theater’s big bet on filming plays. 

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  • NEW Join co-instructors Michael Olmert (English professor) and Jonelle Walker (TDPS PhD candidate) for ENGL409M/THET428E: Special Topics in Advanced Theatre and Performance; Literature, Art and Architecture in London this summer. This course will be a virtual visit to London and some of its surrounding towns and villages important to the study of literature, history, archaeology, architecture, and art. Class will meet from June 1 to 18 five days a week, three hours per day. This is a Global Classrooms course; learn more here or email Jonelle Walker at

  • NEW The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is seeking summer interns to assist with school partnerships, education programming, program assessment, social media, and more. A community-based partnership organization, now more than 120 members strong, the DC Collaborative works to promote quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and public charter schools. Learn more here.

  • NEW The Paul Taylor Summer Intensive in Northern Virginia is now accepting applications for this year. The intensive will take place on August 2-3 in Chantilly, VA. Limited Availability. Learn more and apply here.

  • Camp Rim Rock, an all-girls overnight summer camp located in West Virginia, is hiring Performing Arts staff for Summer 2021. They are seeking camp counselors who have an outgoing personality, a good sense of humor, strong teaching skills in your activity area, good leadership ability, and experience in supervising and instructing children. Campers range in ages from 6 to 15, and all age groups work towards a short performance at the end of a two-week session. In addition to Dance, Drama, and Chorus counselors, there are positions available in Arts & Crafts, Photography, Horseback Riding, Sports, Waterfront, and as a General Counselor. For more information, job requirements, and to apply please visit or email assistant director Shana Ferguson at

  • Bates Dance Festival is seeking administrative interns and technical and site-specific production interns for 2021. Learn more about the internships and apply here.

  • $1,780,000 in Grants for Black Artists provides a list of best grants for Black filmmakers, painters, game developers, dancers, designers, musicians, photographers, and artists of all kind. Subscribe for Artizen updates and see the full list of opportunities here.

  • The Joffrey Ballet School is offering 2021 summer internships. Find out more on their website.

  • Studio Theatre has opened applications for next year's apprenticeship program. As a respected midsized theatre, Studio is both ambitious enough to provide invigorating programming and small enough to allow its apprentices unique access to the theatre’s artistic and administrative leadership. The work is rigorous and rewarding; apprentices have a full schedule, and work together with the staff to meet the demanding deadlines of the field. Night and weekend hours are sometimes required. Learn more about the apprenticeship program here and apply here.
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