Check out the virtual events and opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.
Monday, September 14, 2020

We hope you are settling into your Fall 2020 routine! We have lots of virtual events and opportunities coming up in the next few weeks. Please check out the announcements below.


Here is a friendly reminder from Drew Barker, our performing arts librarian, about online resources for theater and dance research.

If you have trouble logging in to databases or sites the Performing Arts Library has subscribed to, try going through the UMD Library website first. If you still have trouble while at the desired site, you can use the "Reload at UMD" button by following the steps on this page.
Later this month, the library will announce access to a significant amount of new digital resources, now that discretionary budget funds for the libraries have been finally disbursed. Please look out for those exciting details soon.
Please email Drew Barker with any questions or comments at
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Upcoming events
UNIDANCE Hub (Big Ten Dance Exchange)

UNIDANCE Hub is a Big Ten Dance Exchange initiated and hosted in this inaugural year by Rutgers University. Multiple Big Ten universities are coming together to share online dance-based classes featuring faculty and alumni for free to currently enrolled students at participating programs.

Our own Kendra Portier, TDPS' Maya Brin Endowed Professor of Dance, will be teaching later this semester.

TDPS majors can register here. For more information, contact Kendra Portier at
The full schedule is forthcoming and more information will be shared @unidancehub on Instagram.
Friday Combined Class in Dance

Every Friday 9:00-10:30AM

Join dance faculty Patrik Widrig and Kendra Portier for Modern 3/4/5/6/Grads combined class every Friday from 9:00-10:30AM, during which guest artists in and beyond TDPS will share process, techniques, and more. For more information about the class and the guest schedule, contact Kendra Portier at
Fostering Equity and Inclusion in the Arts: Theatre in Motion

Tuesday, September 15, 5:30-7PM

Join George Washington University’s GW TR4CE (Theatre 4 Community Engagement) for a discussion on fostering equity and inclusion with our own professor of theatre Scot Reese, along with Carlos Saldana, Judith Bauer, Michele Carlson and Aurora Lizardi. This roundtable features theatre artists from around the Washington, DC region on what it means and what it takes to truly foster a community focused on equity and inclusion in the arts space. The events of summer 2020 have forced arts organizations to rethink and rededicate themselves to anti-racist practices. Meet four artists for whom this focus has always been front and center and learn about how they do—and how they think about—their work.

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UTAS Hear Our Voices

Thursday, September 24, 7:30-9:30PM

The Undergraduate Theatre Artists Society presents Hear Our Voices, a celebratory night for the TDPS community to express themselves through dance, song, music, spoken word—or any other talent you want to share!

To submit:
  1. Fill out the Video Submission Google Form.
  2. Submit by Monday, September 21 at 12PM.
  3. Have any questions? Email us at
August Wilson Society’s “August and Africa”

Thursday, September 24, 4PM

This annual lecture series was created to advance multidisciplinary perspectives on American Century Cycle, a set of 10 plays depicting decades of the 20th century African American experience, by award-winning playwright August Wilson.

During its second groundbreaking lecture in the newly launched August Wilson's Ground Lecture Series, the August Wilson Society (AWS) will apply another interdisciplinary lens to illuminate yet another often-undetected and underdiscussed subject that undergirds August Wilson's American Century Cycle plays: the influence of Africa. "August and Africa" will gather some of the world's foremost voices on African and African American cultural studies, including Molefi Asante, Paul Carter Harrison, Sandra Richards, Omiyẹmi Artisia Green, and Nemata A. Blyden, to discuss various manifestations of Africa in Wilson's body of dramatic work.

The virtual lecture and moderated panel discussion will form the basis for a larger discussion about race and racism in America and the artist's role in addressing it. Each lecture seeks to encourage informed discussions on the relevance of his life and literary legacy by featuring a nationally acclaimed speaker who will “ground” their talk in one of the multiple disciplines featured in Wilson’s work.

AWS is offering a $10 discount code for college students to reduce the general registration fee of $15. Visit the registration page and use the code AWS-EmerginLeaders2020.
Remember Summer Fading Fade Out En la Tierra

Three dance films by MFA Dance candidate Gabriel Mata '21
Friday, September 25

A summer of exploring the virtual performance platforms led MFA Dance candidate Gabriel Mata '21 to create three dance films with artist collaborators, local and national. The premiere will take place in an online platform accessible to those who register for a ticket from Eventbrite. Links will be emailed an hour, 30-minutes, and 5-minutes before the premiere.

Showings are in Eastern Standard Time: 7:00pm-7:30pm, 8:00pm-8:30pm, and 9:00pm-9:30pm.

Collaborators and Artists in the work: haus of bambi, DJ Lemz, Michael Wall, Gary Champi, HNBA, and Domingx.

Register here.
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Feature stories
Celebrating our most recently tenured faculty

Congratulations once again to our TDPS faculty who recently earned tenure, effective as of the start of the Fall 2020 academic year. We are very proud of associate professors Jennifer Barclay, Adriane Fang, and Jared Mezzocchi! Here is a screenshot of their socially distanced celebration back in May when they got the big news.

  • TDPS theatre major Sadia Alao recently released her first digital picture book, A #BLM Picture Book. (See some pages of her book above.) When George Floyd was brutally murdered on May 25, Sadia saw people from all over the world get to work and I knew I wanted to also. She decided to create this picture book for accessibility and also for her own emotional catharsis. The book is meant to be a reminder that #BlackLivesMatter is a movement, and not just a moment.

  • Congratulations to the following TDPS alumni who won Helen Hayes Awards this year! Stay tuned for a full feature story about this year's awardees. The Helen Hayes Awards will hold a virtual celebration on Friday, September 25. See the full list of nominees and awardees at DC Metro Theatre Arts.
  • Jose Carrasquillo, The Brothers Size, 1st Stage, Outstanding Direction in a Play - Hayes
  • Frank Labovitz, Little Shop of Horrors, Constellation Theatre Company, Outstanding Costume Design - Helen
  • Gary-Kayi Fletcher, The Brothers Size, 1st Stage, Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Play - Hayes
  • Moriamo Tẹmídayọ Akibu, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Round House Theatre, Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Play - Hayes
  • Alberto Segarra (Lighting Designer) and Kelly Colburn (Projections/Media Designer), Blood at the Root Theater Alliance, Outstanding Lighting Design - Helen
  • Orange Grove Dance (Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves '17), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Round House Theatre, Outstanding Choreography in a Play - Hayes
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  • The Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA) is seeking a part-time executive director to assume duties on October 1, 2020. WAPAVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in Washington, DC, and is one of only three major continuous Actors’ Equity-approved video performance archives in America. WAPAVA is a resource for theater professionals and scholars; students and educational programs; specialized researchers in local/national theater history; and the public. The Executive Director leads day-to-day operations of WAPAVA and reports directly to the Board of Directors. View the full job posting here.

  • The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is looking for an EDI Research Fellow to investigate the intersections of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Arts Management Programs. $2,000 stipend for the fellowship that runs Oct 2020-late Spring 2021. Additional details on their website.
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