Happy new year! Welcome to the Spring 2020 semester!
Monday, January 27, 2020

Happy new year, TDPS! We hope you had a wonderful, restful winter break and are feeling energized for the semester ahead. Stay up to date with the latest events and news in our bi-weekly newsletter. As always, if you have anything to share, please send an email to tdpsmarketing@umd.edu.
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Upcoming events
Second Season: "I AM WOMB" and "Champagne Party for Time Travelers"
Friday, January 31 & Saturday, February 1
Dance Theatre, The Clarice

Choreographed by Gabriela Grant

Grant explores how colored female bodies are crafted and presented in the eyes of institutions. She examines their femininity and masculinity and how this contributes to their commodification. It also explores how this impacts women’s relationships between one another. The work fuses her movement from her African and urban movement training, as well as her modern dance training. One question Grant presents and invites the audience to think about is, "How can women reclaim the power in their femininity?"

Champagne Party for Time Travelers
Written and Choreographed by Sydney Lemelin and Hana Huie

This piece is based on the real party that famed physicist Stephen Hawking threw for time travelers, for which he sent invitations after the party ended. Lemelin and Huie combine theater and dance to explore the journey of believing in things that do not exist and pursuing what is important to us, however insignificant we may be in the universe.

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A Doll House
Friday, February 7 - Saturday, February 15
Kogod Theatre, The Clarice

Written by Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Brian Johnston and Rick Davis
Kathryn Chase Bryer, director

Performed by an all-women cast, this production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll House questions the roles that society assigns to men and women. Set in late nineteenth-century Norway, the play follows Nora, a woman who seeks self-fulfillment and slams the door on the dollhouse that is her marriage. This fresh perspective on the classic play encourages audiences to question what has changed since 19th-century Europe through the interpretations of six women actors playing male and female characters.

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Interventions 2020: Women's Studies Graduate Student Symposium
Friday, February 7, 8:30AM - 6:30PM
Cafritz Foundation Theatre, The Clarice

What is feminist theory when we begin with black people, black thought, and black culture at the center of our inquiry? How does this point of departure challenge and expand the parameters of feminism and the field of Women’s Studies? 

The fourth biennial Interventions symposium will explore temporality, genealogy, knowledge production, and pedagogical strategy through the lens of Black Feminist Thought. This year’s symposium is concerned with the history and the ongoing legacies of Black feminist knowledge production within the Department of Women’s Studies and the field at large. The symposium will include panels, speculative discussions, performances, and a film screening.

Registration and details here .
Noises Off
Friday, February 21 - Saturday, February 29
Kay Theatre, The Clarice

Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Lisa Nathans

What else could go wrong? Tensions run high as Lloyd Dallas, the director of this play’s play-within-a-play, struggles to prepare his accident-prone cast for the opening of British bedroom comedy Nothing On. Missed cues, jealous lovers, a lost contact lens and a troublesome plate of sardines all conspire to ruin the performance. Michael Frayn’s award-winning farce details the hilarity that ensues behind the scenes of a theatrical production as characters attempt to untangle the chaos and salvage the play.

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"Noises Off" Opening Night: Alumni Mixer and Scholarship Reception
Friday, February 21
Grand Pavilion and Kay Theatre, The Clarice

Please mark your calendars and join us for the opening night of "Noises Off" on Friday, February 21. We will celebrate this year's TDPS scholarship recipients and give TDPS alumni, students, faculty, and friends an opportunity to mix and mingle.
  • 5:30PM - Alumni reception in The Clarice Grand Foyer
  • 7:00PM - "Noises Off" in the Kay Theatre
  • 9:45PM - Scholarship celebration and alumni/student cabaret in the Grand Foyer
If you are a singer or performer, we encourage you to sing a tune during our alumni/student cabaret. We will have a pianist on hand to accompany you. Please send your song choice to Kate Spanos at kspanos@umd.edu if you would like to perform; we will also have a sign-up sheet at the event in case you decide at the last minute.
Randy Lord '77 and Marti Empey '76 as
the Corpse de Ballet in The Wizard of Id .
University of Maryland, 1976.
Photo courtesy of Randy Lord.
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Feature stories
Jasmine Mitchell (far left) and Des'ree Brown (far right)
at the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Society Directing Intensive / Photo courtesy of Des'ree Brown
TDPS successes at KCACTF Region 2

Congratulations to everyone who participated in and supported the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) two weeks ago! We want to give a sincere thanks to all the undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff who offered their time and support to help us pull off this huge event.

Special congratulations to the following students on receiving recognition and awards at the festival, bolstering TDPS’ reputation as a regional and national force. We are so proud of you!

  • Best Partner Award in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship - Gabrielle Allen
  • Finalists for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship - Miranda Hall and Kyle Starling
  • Musical Theatre Intensive Finalist - Edima Essien
  • Certificate of Merit for a One Act Play - Amber Smithers
  • The Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Society Directing Intensive Finalist - Des’ree Brown
  • Honorable Mention for the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Society Directing Intensive - Jasmine Mitchell
Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zoe is directing This Bitter Earth at Theater Alliance this spring
Photo courtesy of Theater Alliance
  • Ph.D. candidate Jenna Gerdsen was selected for the UMD Graduate School’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2019-20. The award conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of graduate assistants in the academic year. Congrats, Jenna!

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  • NEW Encore Stage & Studio is accepting applications from undergraduate students for their theatre internships for summer 2020. Click to find out more information about internships in Arts Management, Stage Management, and Secondary and Elementary Education Interns. Best consideration date for applications is March 1.

  • NEW The Kennedy Center’s Theater Education team has an opening for a full-time Program Assistant. This is an entry-level position, and an excellent opportunity for a young person looking to start in arts administration or theater education in D.C. Visit their website for more information and to apply.

  • NEW The Kennedy Center is launching a new career development offering, the Next Generation Leaders Scholarship Program. This program, which will pilot in summer 2020, seeks to cultivate talented individuals from underrepresented populations in the field to develop their knowledge and skills in arts administration. This effort will further the Center’s commitment to addressing a lack of diversity in arts administration. Check their website for more information and to apply. If you have questions regarding the scholarship program or our other career development programs, contact Megan Varn, Coordinator of Internship & Fellowship Programs.

  • NEW The Kennedy Center’s partner, TYA USA, is seeking interns for the New Visions New Voices festival and conference in May. They are looking for local undergraduates to work alongside the TYA USA staff and partners at the Kennedy Center to produce the festival and conference. Duties will include assisting with conference sessions and festival readings, way-finding, staffing the registration desk, and providing general administrative support. Fill out the application here.

  • NEW Wolf Trap is seeking students for paid summer internships and apprenticeships. All of the positions are full-time (35 hours/week). They are looking for students that have completed at least one year of undergraduate study or alumni no more than two years out of school. All positions are paid and they provide a well-rounded, educational experience for interns and apprentices, including many professional development opportunities. The deadline for internships is February 1 and March 1 for apprenticeships. Check out more information and apply here.

  • NEW The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is seeking interns and volunteers for this year’s festival in late June and early July. The Mentorship Program for a More Diverse Workplace (for young women of color) offers a stipend of $1500 for at least 100 hours. The Minority Awards Program-Internship (minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents) offers a $650/week stipend for 10 weeks (40 hours per week). More information and deadlines can be found on their website. If you are interested in volunteering (Portuguese speakers are preferred), you can sign up for more information here.

  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company is seeking part-time Assistant House Managers. Under the direction of the Theatre Services Manager, this position serves as a key member in welcoming our patrons to the theatre and ensuring their safety. Responsibilities for this entry-level position include training ushers, greeting and seating patrons, and maintaining a high level of customer care and safety under the direction of the Lead House Managers. Must be available for at least two shifts per week, including nights and weekends. Apply on their website or send a cover letter, resume, and references to employment@shakespearetheatre.org.
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