Join us for our digital production of The Revolutionists this week!
Monday, March 8, 2021

Congratulations to everyone involved in this past weekend's New Beginnings: A Musical Revue! The team put on a great show, and it was beautifully edited. Thanks to our guest director Monique Midgette for her work on this.

This week, don't miss our digital production of Lauren Gunderson's The Revolutionists, directed by Leigh Wilson Smiley. We have even more innovative virtual performance techniques to show off in this production, so check it out. Details are below.

We have almost made it to spring break! Please take time to relax next week and stay safe.
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Upcoming events
Israeli Folk Dance with Deborah Brown
Presented by Delta Chi Xi DCX Honorary Dance Fraternity
Monday, March 8, 4PM
The Revolutionists
by Lauren Gunderson
Leigh Wilson Smiley, director

Streaming online
March 10 & 11, 7:30PM

Juxtaposed against the background of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, this raucous comedy portrays a sisterhood of four women: a playwright, an assassin, a former queen and a rebel. The play touches on themes of legacy, activism, terrorism and feminism to suggest how women can change the world. Though set in 1793, this production uses language, culture and references to contemporary culture to highlight the relevance of such themes today.

Actors, designers and production crew bring this story to life through innovative technologies in digital performance, lighting and set modeling.

Register for free tickets here.
Black Theatre & Dance Symposium

Part II: March 26, 3-6PM

Join us virtually for the second part of our 2021 Black Theatre and Dance Symposium on Friday, March 26 from 3-6PM. The first part took place on Friday, February 12.

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.

More information on our website. Register for free tickets here.
Side Step: Graduate Dance Works

Streaming online
April 1, 7:30PM

Join us for an evening of new dance works filmed and choreographed by TDPS graduate students in dance. They will share twelve screendances for a one-night only virtual experience.

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.
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  • PhD candidate Lindsey Barr is building her publication with the following forthcoming articles and chapters. Congratulations, Lindsey!
  • “Waving Through A Window: Prosthetic Memory and Nostalgia in Dear Evan Hansen,” forthcoming in the journal Studies in Musical Theatre
  • “How a World Can Seem so Vast: The Craft of Musical Theatre Dramaturgy," forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre, co-authored with Dr. Laura MacDonald.
  • “Mourning Mothers: Historicizing Madness as Deviant Motherhood in Next to Normal, forthcoming in Staging Motherhood: Performances of the Maternal in 21st Century America.

  • Professor Scot Reese was recently a speaker on the PRISM Speaker Series at Loyola Marymount University. Check out their website to learn more about upcoming talks in the series.

  • MFA design alum Deb Sivigny '04 was recently featured in a Howlround article about the work involved in costume design. Read the full article here.

  • Assistant professor of dance Crystal Davis was recently awarded the President's Commendation for Excellence for Service in the Field from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

  • Design faculty Andrew Cissna presented his summer innovation grant work on teaching theater using 3D virtual models of the our Clarice venues at an IMD@UMD (Immersive Media Design at the University of Maryland) virtual workshop last month.
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  • NEW The NextLOOK program has announced this year's request for proposals for the 2021-22 season. Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland, and Virginia who want to understand how their audiences can become a creative partner. See the call for proposals here; applications are due on Friday, March 19.

  • NEW 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 and apply here.
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