Check out the virtual events and opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.
Monday, September 28, 2020

As we round the corner into October, we hope that you are staying healthy and doing what you need to take care of yourselves. This newsletter includes some ways that you can stay involved with conversations about topics related to theatre and dance in the virtual realm. If you have any events or news that you would like included in a future newsletter, please email

We are also happy to congratulate all of the TDPS alumni who won Helen Hayes awards this year! We will be releasing a full story about the awards on our website and social media soon, but, for now, please join in celebrating the following awardees:

  • Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Play – Hayes: Moriamo Tẹmídayọ Akibu ‘15, “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play,” Round House Theatre
  • Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play – Hayes: Gary-Kayi Fletcher ‘08, “The Brothers Size,” 1st Stage 
  • Outstanding Costume Design – Helen: Frank Labovitz ‘10, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Constellation Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Choreography in a Play – Hayes: Orange Grove Dance (Colette Krogol ‘17 and Matt Reeves ‘17), “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Round House Theatre
  • Outstanding Lighting Design – Helen: Alberto Segarra ‘15 and Kelly Colburn ‘18, “Blood at the Root,” Theater Alliance
 In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming events
  • News
  • Opportunities
Upcoming events
The Clarice Visiting Artists Series
ACTnow Arts Citizenship Talks presents

Far From The Norm:
Hip Hop in the White Space

Tuesday, September 29, 5:30-6:30PM
Free, all virtual

What does it mean to make a dance about hardship and internal struggles under the gaze of whiteness? Join Botis Seva, artistic director of UK-based dance company Far From The Norm, along with company members as they discuss the multiple ways to access social justice issues through the lense of hip-hop. Excerpts of works by the company will be shown. The discussion will be moderated by The Clarice's guest curator for dance Tariq O'Meally.

Register here.

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ARHU Race, Equity and Justice Colloquium Series

Monday, October 26, 9:00-10:00AM

The College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) at the University of Maryland is launching a yearlong colloquium and conversation series, hosted by Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill, to introduce audiences to faculty expertise on issues of systemic racism, inequality and justice. The events are free and will take place virtually. 

Among the colloquium speakers is TDPS professor Scot Reese, who will discuss “Racial ‘Battle Fatigue’ in Black theatre and culture” on Monday, October 26.

Register for the event here.
Learn more about the series here.
First Fridays

Friday, October 2, 5:30-6:30PM

This Friday is the next First Friday! First Fridays is a wonderful, intimate setting for ANYONE in TDPS to share their original dances, spoken word pieces, songs, 5-10 minute plays, costume/set/media/lighting design ideas, history/theory projects, etc. We welcome work in any stage of development.

Email Patrik Widrig at if you would like to participate.
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  • The Daughters of Lorraine podcast is back! TDPS PhD candidates Leticia Ridley and Jordan Ealey kick off a new season of their podcast about the legacies, present, and futures of Black theatre. Their latest episode, “Beyond the Raisin: The Incredible Brief Life of Lorraine Hansberry,” examines Hansberry’s life, legacy, and art in her work beyond her widely celebrated “A Raisin in the Sun.” Check it out on

  • TDPS professor Frank Hildy, our internationally recognized expert on theater architecture, is quoted in this New York Times article about theater in past pandemics: “You don’t see a significant change in the design of the buildings following [the bubonic plague], because nobody understood what kind of change would be helpful. The audience itself needs to generate energy as different components play against and feed off each other,” says Hildy. “To accommodate the idea that you should keep people farther apart during a pandemic, which is what we’re trying to do today, doesn’t really work, because there are some fundamental principles involved.” Read the full article here.

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  • 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. Deadline to submit is October 2. Additional details on their website.
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