Check out the virtual events and opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.
Monday, October 26, 2020

As we round out the end of October, we hope that you are all staying healthy and engaged with our creative community. There are many opportunities to share virtual space in the coming weeks—whether through our TDPS Virtual Series, our upcoming Fearless New Play Festival, our Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert, or our student organizations. Check out the details below.

Also be sure to check out the College of Arts & Humanities' (ARHU) 2019-20 Year in Review, which features so much of the incredibly creative and innovative work that our students, faculty and staff have been doing. Way to represent, TDPS!
 In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming events
  • Feature stories
  • News
  • Opportunities
Upcoming events
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 5, 7:30-9:30pm
"Martius" by Beth Rendely
"crash test" 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

December 3, 7:30-9:30PM
"Veiled Revue" by Amber Daniels and Becky Hill
"Profound Regret Abroad in the Air" by Tristan Koepke

Find the full Fall 2020 schedule here.
Affinity Group for Artists of Color in the DMV Region

Friday, October 30, 6-8PM

MFA Dance candidate Gabriel Mata is moderating an affinity group meeting for artists of color in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. The meeting is hosted by Dance Place. To join the meeting, you can access the Zoom meeting here.
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
National New Play Development Panel

Monday, November 2, 5-6:30PM
Join in a discussion about the new play developmental process with a group of top-notch professional theatre artists from across the country. The panel includes playwright Karen Zacarías from DC, director Jennifer Chambers from LA, dramaturg Kimberly Colburn from Toronto, and actor Lorene Chesley from LA. The panel is part of the 2020 Fearless New Play Festival.
Register for the panel here.
Playwriting Master Class with Lauren Yee

Thursday, November 5, 8-10PM
Observers are welcome to a master class in playwriting with Fearless New Play Festival keynote playwright Lauren Yee. The master class will take place with current students in associate professor Jennifer Barclay's Introduction to Playwriting class. Observers are welcome to watch with mic and video off. Watch, do the exercises, and find inspiration!
Register for the master class here.
DCX New Dances

Submissions due Friday, November 6 at 11:59PM
Livestream on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30PM

DCX is now accepting submissions for this semester's New Dances Showcase! New Dances is a performance hosted by DCX every semester where anyone from UMD can participate and share their work. This semester's showcase will be an entirely virtual livestream of your video submissions. Feel free to share anything that you have been working on this semester. 

Undergraduates, grads, and faculty are all welcome to submit videos. Your video can be a dance film, rough rehearsal footage, works in progress—videos in all stages of production and in any genre are welcome.

Questions? Email
Submit your videos 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.
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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Feature Stories
ARHU Year in Review 2019-20
The 2019-20 ARHU Year in Review is now available...and what a year it's been! Check out all the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff and how TDPS, along with the rest of the College of Arts & Humanities, demonstrates resilience, innovation, leadership and service.

Check out the Year in Review here.
  • Recent TDPS graduate Jasmine Mitchell ’20 won an AMPLIFY grant for her Anti-Racist Packet. Designed for artists of color, AMPLIFY is a publicly-funded grant created with the intention of investing in artistic success. The packet is a compilation of resources for education about systemic racism in the United States, as well as resources for activism for racial justice and against anti-blackness. Learn more about Jasmine’s work at her website.

  • PhD student Jared Strange is currently working as the dramaturg for the Teens Behind the Scenes program at The National Theatre. He is creating a series of microsites documenting key moments and figures in The National Theatre’s history. The first site, A Brief History of The National Theatre, is now live. Check it out on their website!
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  • 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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