Check out the virtual events and opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.
Monday, November 9, 2020

November is our busiest production month this semester, so make sure you tune in for the Fearless New Play Festival, the Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert, and other events in our virtual series.

Last week marked a historic election, with the highest voting rates in more than 100 years. As President Pines noted in his letter to campus this past weekend, "Young and first-time voters demonstrated a commitment to civic engagement that will reshape our democracy and our nation." He thanks everyone in our Maryland community for participation in the democratic process and he calls for civil engagement as we continue to face challenges in the coming months and years.

As we head into the final weeks of the semester, we hope you are taking time to breathe and do things you enjoy. Please remember that you can reach out to any TDPS faculty and staff about any academic issues, and there is also counseling on campus in case you need additional support.

In case you missed last week's virtual performance of "crash test" by Christina Robson and "Martius" written and composed by Beth Rendely and directed by Abigail Olshin, you can still check it out here! Congrats to everyone involved on two beautiful pieces that showcase the creativity of our school. #KeepCreatingUMD
"crash test" by Christina Robson and
"Martius" written and composed by Beth Rendely and directed by Abigail Olshin
Streamed live on Vimeo and Facebook Live on Thursday, November 5
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Upcoming events
Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert

November 19 & 20, 7:30-9:30PM
Free, streaming live, tickets required

Join us for a livestream of this fall's MFA Dance Thesis Concert with work by choreographers Rose Xinran Qi and Krissy Harris.

Ghost Bride
Choreography by Rose Xinran Qi

Ghost Bride is based on the Asian tradition of a ghost marriage, when a man dies early in life and his family recruits a young woman to marry him in spirit. Through a combination of movements derived from postmodern dance and classical Chinese dance, this work conveys a story of revolution for women’s rights through time and place. Qi evokes the Chinese feminine form Shenyun (bearing) through breath control in order to communicate the internal emotion behind specific movements.

Responsive Wild
Choreography by Krissy Harris

Responsive Wild considers and questions notions of womanhood and femininity. Inspired by family history, rock and roll, and physics concepts, Harris investigates these ideas through highly physical, bold and expansive movement. The work is in conversation with feminist theories and reveals a complex interrelationship of the inside/outside body and its potential for energetic expression. 

Find more information here.
Fearless New Play Festival

November 19-22, 7:30-9:30PM
Free, streaming, no tickets required

The Fearless New Play Festival is a four-day celebration of new scripts in development that address urgent issues of today. The festival kicks off on November 19 with a speech by nationally renowned keynote playwright Lauren Yee. The festival features staged readings of new short plays by current TDPS students and alumni from November 19-22.

Find more information here.
Orange Grove Dance’s
“Still Standing”

November 13 & 14, 6PM / 7:30PM

Check out Orange Grove Dance's premiere of "Still Standing" in Annapolis! This *live, in person* piece will be performed outdoors; masks required.

Orange Grove Dance is a dance company founded by MFA Dance alumni Colette Krogol '17 and Matt Reeves '17. This new piece includes a cast of other TDPS alumni and features a "surreal luminescent landscape" created by acclaimed lighting designer Peter Leibold (MFA Design '19).

For more information and tickets, click here.
Strathmore Virtual Fresh Air Concert

November 18, 7:30PM

Join the Strathmore Artist-in-Residence class of 2021 for Fresh AIR, their debut concert. This year’s Strathmore AIR cohort includes MFA Dance candidate and percussive dancer Becky Hill and DMA flute student Ceylon Mitchell from the School of Music. Don't miss the chance to see all six class members plus their mentors take the stage for an unforgettable evening of cross-genre collaborations.

For more information, click 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. Check out what's coming up!

November 12, 7:30-9:30PM
DCX New Dances

November 13, 7:30-9:30PM
Kreativity End of Semester Show

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

Find the full Fall 2020 schedule here.
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Congratulations to PhD alum Jeff Kaplan '17 on publishing his first book last week, Involuntary Motion: The Somatics of Refugee Performance (Routledge 2020). The book contributes to the study of refugee flight by using movement as a lens to explore problems in refugee performance and understand the experience of bodies in motion. Dr. Kaplan is currently assistant professor of dance and theatre at Manhattanville College.
  • NEW Dance Place is seeking a digital content and social media associate to create comprehensive programmatic and institutional marketing for all of Dance Place’s programs. The position is 35 hours per week and offers a benefits package. The priority application deadline is Wednesday, November 18. Learn more and apply on the Dance Place website.

  • 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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