Check out the virtual events and opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.
Monday, October 12, 2020

Happy October, TDPS! We are happy to announce our TDPS Virtual Series, which includes student produced works, performances by student organizations, and master classes and workshops with guest artists. The virtual events are a great way to engage with the TDPS community and share original work in the digital space. Check out our upcoming events in the TDPS Virtual Series listing below.

We would also like to share updates from Drew Barker, our Performing Arts Librarian, about new resources available at the Performing Arts Library:

  • National Theatre CollectionThis database brings the stage to life through access to high definition streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material offering significant insight into theatre and performance studies. Through a collaboration with the UK's National Theatre, this collection offers a range of digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre's archive.

  • BroadwayHD Collection: The BroadwayHD Collection is an essential collection for students and researchers of the performing arts. Upon completion, it will include 25 award-winning live Broadway plays and musicals curated especially for performing arts scholars. It is also invaluable for studies in drama, music, dance and literature.

  • On the Boards.TV: This website offers high-quality videos of full-length performances by some of today's most provocative artists working in dance, theater, music, and other forms that defy categorization.

Additionally, the Performing Arts Library procured the Third Edition of Black Drama, which adds to their digital collection of scripts.

In January 2021, the University Libraries will also activate a subscription to The Black Scholar, which is an influential journal of Black Studies and central to the emergence of the field.

These significant acquisitions were made possible by the support of the Smith family.

If you have any questions, please email Drew Barker at
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Upcoming events
The Clarice Visiting Artist Series presents

Dance Class with TheRedProjectNYC

October 16, 9:00AM
Free, Virtual
Open to all TDPS students

Join Johnnie Cruise Mercer, company director of TheRedProjectNYC, for an exploration of movement embodiment. All levels of movement seekers are welcome to join. Have shoes readily available, although you may not need them. This event is part of The Clarice's BlackLight Summit.

Register 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!

October 23, 7:30-9:30PM
Kreativity Open Mic Night

October 29, 7:30-9:30PM
UTAS Halloween Party

November 5, 7:30-9:30pm
"Martius" by Beth Rendely
"Untitled for now" by Christina Robson

November 6, 5:30-6:30PM
First Fridays

November 6, 7:30-9:30PM
Kreativity Open Mic Night

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

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

Find the full Fall 2020 schedule here.
TDPS Spring 2021 Performance Class Auditions

Due October 19

Believe it or not, it's time to think about auditioning for Spring 2021 performance classes! Check out the performance classes being offered in the spring, and fill out an audition form to audition/interview for each class. 
This semester, we are doing auditions via video submission. Instructions are in the attached flyer. There is also an audition form to fill out, which is attached as well. 
All submission materials must be received by October 19, 2020 at 5PM.
If you have any questions, or are concerned about meeting this deadline, please don't hesitate to reach out to Jenn Schwartz at
TDPS End of Semester Showcase

Due October 30

Share your students’ stellar work with the TDPS community! For a rousing finale of the Fall 2020 semester, we will produce a TDPS End of Semester Showcase featuring presentations from any and all TDPS classes. This showcase will be presented on Monday, December 14.

Each class will be welcome to present about 5 minutes of content of your choice.

You will pre-record the content, edit it yourself as needed, and then send the video file to by Friday, December 4. All entries will be compiled into a final presentation video.

Questions? Contact Patrik Widrig at
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.
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  • Congrats to MFA design alum Peter Leibold VI '19 on being shortlisted for the Live Design Design Achievement Awards for 2020! He was recognized for his work on Orange Grove Dance's "Children of Babel." Theater critic Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said of Leibold's design: "It really is an extraordinary set of images that keep defining space in all kinds of unexpected ways and that meditate quite beautifully on how lighting intersects with the human body." Vote for the most outstanding designs now until Thursday, October 22. 

  • Our MFA Design students, alumni, and faculty are working as virtual media designers on the Arena Stage Flash Acts Festival to develop 40 new plays here in the US and in Russia. The designers involved are associate professor Jared Mezzocchi, MFA Design alum Kiana Vincenty '20, and current MFA Design candidates Taylor Verrett and Andrés Poch, all working through Mezzocchi's new company Virtual Design Collective (ViDCO). The festival runs until October 15.

  • MFA Design candidate Andrés Poch has been working as executive producer, art director, and live graphics mixer on Juke Joint Live, a multimedia live show about the lives of Black folks in America. The show features live guests, recorded sketches, and interactive segments. They will air their next episode on October 25. If you are interested in participating as an actor, director, stage manager, or designer, please contact them at their Facebook page.

  • On September 26, TDPS professor Scot Reese directed “Distance Learning,” written by his long-time collaborator playwright Carey Crim. Jason Daunter (Disney Theatricals and Broadway Stage Manager: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Doll’s House Part 2, Wicked, Chicago, etc.), along with Laurie Metcalf (two-time Tony and three-time Emmy Award Winner) and The Purple Rose Theatre, commissioned Crim to write the play through PWJ (Projects with Jason). The play was about a teacher and students navigating online learning during the COVID-19 shutdowns while dealing with an ever changing world outside.
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  • 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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