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Monday, November 23, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone!

Last week was an exciting one for TDPS, as we showed what it truly means to #KeepCreatingUMD. Congratulations to all the students, faculty, and staff involved in the Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert and the Fearless New Play Festival. It was such beautiful, inspiring work, and all created while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocol. We were once again reminded why we do what we do.

Check out the photos from Rose Xinran Qi's and Krissy Harris' thesis concert below, as well as two feature stories about the Fearless New Play Festival, one of which was written by sophomore theatre major Leah Packer for Broadway World.

Also, huge congratulations to our students and alumni who are raking in the accolades! Check out the news section below to find out more.

We will have a few more online events in the coming weeks, so check out the TDPS Virtual Series events below.

We hope you have plans to safely relax this week and gear up for the final sprint towards winter break. We got this!
Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert
"Ghost Bride" by Rose Xinran Qi

Performers: Amber Daniels, Rose Xinran Qi, Grace Zhang, Casie Curry, Vicki Zhang, and Carissa Kwan
Lighting Design: Eric Pitney
Scenic Design: Alexander Shiryaev
Costume Design: Channing Tucker
Projection Design: Taylor Kennedy Verrett
Projection Assistants: Zavier Taylor and Jacob Hughes
Sound Design: Veronica Lancaster
Stage Management: Maria De Barros
"Responsive Wild" by Krissy Harris

Choreography: Krissy Harris
Performer: Hana Huie, Maggie Lazewski, and Krissy Harris
Lighting Design: J. Mitchell Cronin
Scenic Design: Alexander Shiryaev
Costume Design: Ashlynne Ludwig
Projection Design: Taylor Kennedy Verrett
Projection Assistants: Zavier Taylor and Jacob Hughes
Sound Design: Veronica Lancaster
Stage Management: Maria De Barros
Photos by David Andrews
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  • News
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Upcoming events
THET669W Final Showing
Today, November 23, 11:00AM

Devised Work Collaboration, taught by TDPS associate professor Brian MacDevitt, is a course that explores techniques of telling visual stories and the use of high style-low technical approaches to theatrical storytelling.

In this showing of original work, students present the story of a young woman's journey through a forest after she has lost her mother in a terrible incident. She meets a variety of animals while fleeing from a mysterious figure who is hunting her down.

Estimated show time: 15 minutes.

Note: The script contains strong language and drug references.

Tune into the final showing here.
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 3, 7:30-9:30PM
"Veiled" by Amber Daniels and Becky Hill
"I AM IN A BASEMENT" by Tristan Koepke

December 4, 5:30-6:30PM
First Fridays

December 4, 7:30-9:30PM
Kreativity Open Mic Night

December 4 - December 6
The Muses Masterclass Weekend

December 8, 7:30PM
It Gets Better: Moments of Hope from THET351: Musical Theatre

December 14, 6:00-7:30PM
End of Semester Showcase

Find the full TDPS Virtual Series schedule here.

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Feature Stories
Maryland Today: 'Fearless' New Voices Take the Stage

A story about the Fearless New Play Festival was included in Maryland Today last week!

"The festival provides a critical opportunity for a wide range of new theater talent, said Agyeiwaa Asante '18. 'There’s been a real reckoning in theater institutions lately around making sure that the voices we say we support are actually being heard—things like this are a great way of making those first steps.'"

Read more of the story here.
The Fearless New Play Festival in Broadway World

Theatre major Leah Packer wrote an article about the Fearless New Play Festival, now up on Broadway World's blog.

“FNPF reminded me to not only embrace the ability to constantly change and better my characters but also recognize the little ever-changing joys in my life. Like the developing plays in this festival, we are always allowed to change and grow.”

Check out the rest of the article here.
TDPS alum in The Diamondback

For UMD Homecoming weekend, alum Kelly Colburn (MFA Design '18) created a projection installation called "art is water, seeds are change" at The Clarice as part of this year's homecoming celebrations. When asked how the performing arts contribute to Terp Pride, Colburn wrote, "through celebrating multiculturalism and diversity, living in harmony with the environment, making room for self-discovery, enriching our minds, celebrating excellence, joy, and beauty, improving our world and planting seeds for change."

Read the rest of the story here. Click the photo to enlarge.

  • PhD candidate Leticia Ridley has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University. Congratulations, Leticia!

  • PhD student Jordan Ealey was accepted to the National Humanities Center’s Podcasting the Humanities Winter Institute. Congratulations, Jordan!

  • Senior theatre major Philippos Sourvinos was selected as a Dean’s Senior Scholar by ARHU Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill this year. The award recognizes undergraduate students for their academic excellence and scholarship. Congratulations, Philippos!

  • Nadja Masura (PhD ‘07) recently published her book Digital Theatre: The Making of Meaning of Live Mediated Performance, US & UK 1990-1920 (Palgrave-Macmillan 2020). 

  • Congratulations to theatre alum Summer Brown ’17, who is currently performing the role of Dr. Olivia Jackson on season four of “The Good Doctor.”
Apply for TDPS Awards
  • NEW 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 Monday, December 7 at 5PM.

  • NEW 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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