Check out the virtual events and opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.
Monday, December 7, 2020

Happy December, TDPS! We are in our final weeks of the semester and we still have some virtual events for you to participate in. Check out details below for our musical theatre class showing (with guest faculty Monique Midgette) and our end-of-semester showcase (organized by dance faculty Patrik Widrig).

In case you missed the stream of MFA Dance candidates Tristan Koepke's I AM IN A BASEMENT and Amber Daniels and Becky Hill's Veiled, you're in luck! It is still available on Vimeo; check out the links below.

We will send out our final newsletter of the semester on Monday, December 21, so please email if you have anything to share before we head off for winter break.
 In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming and recent events
  • Opportunities
Upcoming and recent events
TDPS Virtual Series

TDPS Virtual Series is a series of virtual events, including student produced works, performances by student organizations, and master classes and workshops with guest artists.

December 8, 7:30PM
It Gets Better: Moments of Hope from THET351: Musical Theatre
Join us for an end-of-semester class showing for THET351: Introduction to Musical Theatre, taught by guest instructor Monique Midgette. Find more information here.

December 14, 6:00-7:30PM
End of Semester Showcase
Join us for a livestream celebration of our students' excellent work this semester, plus the premiere of a trio choreographed by Alvin Mayes. Find more information here.
This work was streamed on Thursday, December 3.

In case you missed it, check out this original work by MFA Dance candidates Tristan Koepke (I AM IN A BASEMENT) and Amber Daniels and Becky Hill (Veiled). The work premiered last week as part of the TDPS Virtual Series.
By Tristan Koepke

In I AM IN A BASEMENT, Koepke presents a charged work of intertemporal reflection, loneliness, and boldly physical perseverance. Haunted by ghosts, treasures, and a broad hemisphere of aesthetic impulses, Koepke designs a resurrection of nostalgia within delightfully garish inflections of pastiche.

By Amber Daniels and Becky Hill

Veiled ciphers through historic vaudeville repertoire extracting inspiration to create an abstract dance theater work. In an era of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, American territory borders, a global pandemic, a monumental presidential election and further investigations of social norms, we are researchers with the knowledge that the present is affected by our past. Using vignettes, audiences will simultaneously experience both the despair that haunted the entertainment industry of the vaudeville era, as well as the joy. We manipulate how vaudeville was viewed then versus the transformation of what it could be today. The piece is performed in “armor,” a costume that covers the body entirely to erase gender, sexuality, race, and class. It is our hope through this investigation that audiences question, react, and are moved to action.
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  • NEW The Clarice’s Queer Objects is an opportunity for students who are interested in music, sculpture, and/or LGBTQ+ to be involved with making sound sculptures to be apart of a score and set for "A Kind of Ache." This piece, commissioned by The Clarice, will premiere in Fall 2021. Living Earth Show, a collective of artists based in the Bay Area, is collaborating with composer Sarah Hennies and artist Terry Berlier to work with students on this project by giving prompts for the creation of sonic and/or sculptural elements to be worked on throughout the semester. These elements will be shipped to the artists and a 10-minute piece will be presented, using the contributed elements, in April, along with a public conversation that looks at issues in the LGBTQ+ community, including mental and physical health challenges, civil rights, and more. See flyer for more info.
Apply for TDPS Awards
  • Applications for TDPS’ Annual Jim Henson Award for Puppetry are due on Monday, December 7. The Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry was established by the Jane Henson family to honor the memory of Jim Henson (1960), creator of the world famous Muppets. Up to 4 awards in the amount of $1,500 will be offered to undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies for the creation of a puppet project or performance. To apply, see the guidelines and email Susan Miller with your application at by TODAY, Monday, December 7 at 5PM.

  • The TDPS Board of Visitors Student Award is available to undergraduate and graduate students in theatre and dance and may be used to fund projects supporting career training, study abroad, research projects, unpaid internships, and more during the summer of 2021. Check out the guidelines, deadlines, and the application form and email Susan Miller at with any questions.

  • Check out a new course offering next spring at UMD: Augmented Reality Design for Creatives and Coders, co-taught by theatre director and actor Jonathan David Martin, is seeking a healthy mix of students from both creative and technical backgrounds. IMDM498A: "Special Topics in Immersive Media; Augmented Reality Design for Creatives and Coders" is an upper level course for students with an interest in interactive media and performing arts. Find out more on Testudo.

  • Beyond the Stage Door, a new education initiative conceived, created, and sponsored by the team at Baseline Theatrical (Hamilton, freestyle love supreme, The Cher Show), offers the opportunity to learn Broadway theater management from working industry professionals in New York City without the financial burden. This immersive and educational four-week program, planned for June 2021, will provide five BIPOC students from across the US with round-trip tickets to NYC, housing, food stipends, transportation and subsidized theatre tickets as they study alongside industry leaders. This program gives students a deep dive into the management side of Broadway and will offer students the chance to learn from and develop long-lasting professional relationships with industry leaders in all areas of theatre including public relations, casting, marketing, directing and more. The inaugural application will tentatively be available in December 2020 and due by March 2021. Chosen applicants will be notified in April 2021. Get more information on their website.
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