Today: Town Hall Meeting at 12:30pm
TDPS Newsletter
  Monday, November 28, 2016

We hope you had a restful Thanksgiving break. Now is the final push to the end of the semester!

Don't forget that we will have a TDPS Town Hall Meeting today 11/28 at 12:30-1:30pm in the Choreography Studio (room 1611). This gathering provides an opportunity to reflect on the semester, to ask questions, and to share experiences that may inform each other as to ways we can grow together as individuals in a School that aims for the highest bar of understanding the human condition in order to reflect it in our teaching, performances, and scholarship.

See you there!

  In this newsletter:
  • Upcoming and recent TDPS events
  • Feature Stories
  • News (Awards & Honors, Performances & Productions, Publications, other activities)
  • Opportunities (Jobs & Auditions; Scholarships, Fellowships, & Grants)
  • Other Upcoming Events (Off-Campus)

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TDPS Events
  Upcoming Performances:
Shared MFA Dance Thesis Concert:
Render EditFull Circle: Bridging the Gap
December 9-11
Dance Theatre

MFA Dance candidates Sarah Beth Oppenheim and Chris Law present their thesis concerts.

Second Season:
Goldfish & B.W.A. Black Woman's Anonymous
December 2 & 3
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

An evening of original plays by TDPS undergraduate students Shuping Yang (Goldfish), and  Whitney Geohagan and April Monu (B.W.A.).

  Other Upcoming Events :
  • December 3 & 4: Professor Leslie Felbain's THET324 Character Development class will perform at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. They have spent the semester researching and developing a character from the gallery, and each student will perform a monologue next to their portrait as the class leads the audience on a gallery tour. Performances will be at 12pm and 2pm on each day.

  • December 5: Have a great new play or production concept that just needs to be seen? Attend a Second Season workshop in Mullitz Rehearsal Room from 5-6pm to discuss your idea. For more, check out the Second Season proposal form and guidelines.

  • December 7: Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end-of-semester performance. More information available here.

  • December 8: Professor Scot Reese's Play Directing I class present their final scene showcase. Performance details available here.

  • December 12: UTAS will host its annual Cabaret and Date Auction at 7:30pm in the Cafritz Foundation Theatre. This year the performance has a vaudeville theme. Interested in performing? Be sure to fill out the act proposal form
TDPS performed “On the Move!” at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on November 13
On November 13, TDPS BA and MFA Dance students and faculty performed "On the Move!," a program of original choreography, on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. You can watch the whole performance on the Kennedy Center website. Check out some select photos of the performance below. Congratulations to all involved!
Essence of Normal: Choreographed and performed by  TDPS Dance faculty  Adriane Fang and Christopher Morgan.
Just Out of Reach: Choreographed by Alvin Mayes (faculty). Performed by Jasmine Watkins (BA Dance ‘17), Shawn Stone (MFA Dance candidate), Laurie Dodge (BA Dance ‘19), Gabriella Di Giuseppe (BA Dance ‘17), and Sanya Oluwafemi (BA Dance student).
Frequency : Choreographed and performed by Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol (MFA Dance candidates).
In the Closet: Choreographed and performed by Allen Xing (MFA Dance candidate).
Full Circle: Bridging the Gap: Choreographed by Chris Law (MFA Dance candidate). Performed by BA and MFA Dance students and guest artists.
Poem of Change: Choreographed by Mustapha Braimah (MFA Dance candidate). Performed by Ira Hill (BA Dance student), Jasmine Watkins (BA Dance '17), and Sisi Reid (BA Theatre '15).
Null: Choreographed and performed by Christina O’Brien (BA Dance ‘17) and John Paul Ouyang (BS Biology '16).
Hyperbolic (excerpt): Choreographed by Monstah Black (guest artist). Performed by BA and MFA Dance students.
Photography credit: Jonathan Hsu Photography & Video
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Jobs & Auditions

  • Lean & Hungry Theater is now hiring production positions for King Lear: production manager; stage manager; asstistant stage manager; and lighting, set, and costume designers. Rehearsal begins March 6; tech begins March 27; performances run through 4/24. Dates and application info are available here.

  • Joe's Movement Emporium is seeking a public relations intern. For more information, please check out their website

  • The 39th annual StrawHat Auditions will take place March 17-19. The application deadline is February 1, but
    early submission is recommended.
    Registration for Staff/Tech/Design ends March 1. For more information, check out their  flyer.

  • Prince George's Little Theatre needs a replacement stage manager for The Tin Woman. Rehearsal and performances are January 3 through 28. If interested, please e-mail
Scholarships & Fellowships
  • Undergraduate students: UMD Libraries are now accepting submissions for the Library Award for Undergraduate Research. As you are working on your research papers now, please consider submitting your final outstanding paper for one of the three $1,000 awards offered this year. More details available here.

  • Juniors: The Beinecke Scholarship Program provides graduate study scholarships in the humanities and social sciences to juniors of exceptional, demonstrated academic ability who have a high degree of financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA process. Learn more about the program and application process by contacting Dr. Leslie Brice at the National Scholarships Office.

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