COMING UP: Black Theatre & Dance Symposium, Machinal, and more!
Monday, February 8, 2021

Happy February, TDPS! This month, check out our Black Theatre & Dance Symposium, which is being presented alongside the Maryland Theatre Education Association's (MTEA) THRIVE conference.

Also, don't miss our first two main season productions of the semester! Machinal will stream on February 18 and 20, and New Beginnings: A Musical Revue, will stream on March 5 & 6.
 In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming events
  • Feature sotry
  • News
  • Opportunities
Upcoming events
Black Theatre & Dance Symposium

February 12 and March 26, 3-6PM

Join us virtually for the 2021 Black Theatre and Dance Symposium on Friday, February 12 and Friday, March 26 from 3-6PM.

The 2021 Black Theatre and Dance Symposium (BTDS) will be a fresh experience for the virtual platform, with new topics, dynamic speakers and conversations and exciting workshops. Emphasizing the importance of artist-leaders, this symposium fosters dialogue and action among professionals, scholars and students as we convene to discuss, devise and actualize efforts to influence and expand inclusive practices, civility and social well-being in the performing arts and beyond.

You are also invited to the Maryland Theatre Education Association (MTEA) THRIVE conference on Saturday, February 13 from 9AM-5PM. MTEA THRIVE is a theater educator empowerment conference with experiential workshops that are designed to give theater educators the opportunity to explore their craft. Register for MTEA THRIVE here.

Streaming online
February 18 & 20, 7:30PM

By Sophie Treadwell
Brian MacDevitt, director

Written and set in New York City during the Prohibition Era, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal is based loosely on the trial of Ruth Snyder, who murdered her husband in the 1920s. The story traces the life of a young woman navigating the twisting corridors of mental illness in an increasingly mechanized world. This production’s cinematic, expressionistic storytelling alternates between feelings of darkness and oppression and expressions of love, light and beauty.

Register for free tickets here.
New Beginnings: A Musical Revue

Streaming online
March 5 & 6, 7:30PM

TDPS students present an evening of virtual musical theatre performances, directed by Monique Midgette.

Register for free tickets here.
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Feature story
Blown Away

By Sala Levin '10

",,,the university’s School of Music and School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies are pioneering creative ways to keep students learning and playing together even while distanced, thanks to new technology and teaching approaches, as well as outdoor opera, livestreamed plays, video projections and other innovations."

Read the full story in the latest issue of Terp Magazine.
Photo credit: Stephanie S. Cordle

  • Ph.D. student Jordan Ealey has been selected as a 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow. Congrats, Jordan!

  • Ph.D. candidate Gianina Lockley has had an article accepted into the #Performative X issue of Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, coming out in spring 2021. Congrats, Gianina!
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  • NEW Interested in learning the business side of the arts? Through EducArte’s internship programs in marketing and graphic/media design, you will gain an understanding of how to market arts education, engage with artists, and navigate the non-profit arts sector. EducArte's mission is to bring cultural arts education programming to people in Maryland and the Washington, DC region, with a focus on Brazilian and Latinx music and dance. See internship descriptions and visit their website. If interested, please send a letter of interest and a resume to

  • 1st Stage is offering the Seidel Fellowship, a six-month paid fellowship designed to nurture and support the next generation of leaders in the American Theater. Each fellowship is designed specifically for the recipient and includes supported hands on projects that are led by the fellow and mentored by 1st Stage senior staff. Fellows also receive monthly seminars with leaders in the field and networking events throughout the residency. Applications will be accepted through February 2021. To apply, see the attached guidelines and send a cover letter and resume to

  • 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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