Citizen: An American Lyric opens on Friday, November 9!
November 5, 2018

This week we open our production of Citizen: An American Lyric, a stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine's acclaimed book of poetry. This urgent meditation on race in the United States comes at a time when we are confronted with troublesome issues nationally and on our own campus. Our director, Shirley Jo Finney (SDCF Denham Fellow), has created a safe space for our students to work through this very emotionally taxing work. We invite you to share this space with us. There will be a post-show talkback after every performance, led by a panel of experts on racial dynamics in this country. We are honored to tell this story and we are honored to be a part of this amazing community of artists and scholars.

Don't forget to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6! Our students, especially PhD candidate Patrick Crowley, have put in major efforts to encourage voter registration and early voting. Make sure your voice is heard!
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Upcoming Events
Citizen: An American Lyric

By Claudia Rankine
Adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Shirley Jo Finney, SDCF Denham Fellow

November 9, 7:30pm
November 10, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
November 11, 2:00pm
November 13-16th, 7:30pm

Adapted from Claudia Rankine’s acclaimed book of poetry, this searingly provocative meditation on race in America is not a play. It’s fast-moving, fluid theater at the speed of thought.

Tickets available here.
Second Season:
Hell is a Bubble Tea Shop
by Hana Huie

November 16, 7:30pm
November 18, 2:00pm and 7pm

What do eggs, bubble tea, and mooncakes have in common? This is a staged reading of the new play that explores identity, family, and mental health from an Asian-American perspective. 

Tickets available here.
Kings and Queens: The Untold Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll
directed by Ronya-Lee Anderson 

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7p

MFA Dance candidate Ronya-Lee Anderson is directing Kings and Queens: The Untold Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll at Joe’s Movement Emporium. This interactive music, dance, film, and narrative experience is conceived in collaboration with Michael Aaron.

Presented by The Clarice in partnership with Joe's Movement Emporium. Information here and tickets available here.
Always a Preacher's Daughter:
The Performance of Gender and Sexuality
in and Beyond the Church

Presented by Tabitha Chester, Ph.D.

November 28, 4-5pm
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

This research is birthed from Dr. Chester's experiences growing up as a girl-child of a Black pastor and interrogates the archetypal narrative of the "wild preacher's daughter."

More information here.
Coming Up: TDPS CAPA Auditions
Save the date for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Scholarship Auditions for incoming Fall 2019 Theatre and Dance majors will be held on Monday, December 17th.

Dance auditions will run 10am-2pm and Theatre auditions will run 12pm-4pm.
UTAS Town Halls in Fall 2018

UTAS will be holding one more town hall meeting this semester on November 19 . The meeting will be at 12PM in Mulitz-Gudelsky Rehearsal Room (Room 3730).

EVERYBODY is invited! Please come, bring your lunch, listen, and contribute to the conversation.
Seeking student curators for NextNOW Fest 2019!

Held each September at The Clarice, NextNOW Fest is a multi-day, multi-arts festival of fun and discovery that features music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as comedy, spoken word, film, visual art installations and other artistic experiences. NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms and shapes our future.

The Clarice's Artist Partner Program is looking for student curators that will collaborate with Clarice staff to design a student-focused festival experience and create marketing methods that will drive student attendance to the festival. Student curators must commit to the project from January 2019 through October 2019. Each curator will receive an honorarium of $750.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 18, 2018. The full job description and application can be found here.
Sydney Lemelin's Rockfish - photo credit: Geoff Sheil / The Clarice
  • Congratulations to Dance major Sydney Lemelin, whose Second Season piece Rockfish received a rave review in Dance Metro DC.

  • MFA Dance candidate Christine Hands participated in GradTerp Exchange at MilkBoy ArtHouse. She was featured in an article from the UMD Graduate School about her research and creative work in physically integrated dance and her personal connection to such work.

  • Professor Brian MacDevitt was featured in Forbes for his lighting design work on Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery” in an article entitled, “What Do Broadway's Best Lighting Designers Actually Do?”

  • Congratulations to doctoral students Jonelle Walker and Jenna Gerdsen on having their article “Who Reports Mandatory Reporters?” accepted in Theatre Topics! The article will be published in next summer’s issue of the journal.
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  • Fusion Dance Company is holding auditions for “DanceInTime” for dancers trained in at least three of the following: modern, ballet, African dance, Latin dance, ballroom, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, Indian dance, or other world dances. Rehearsals are paid and will be in Silver Spring. For more information, check out the flyer and email Dr. Barbara Bernstein at

  • Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore seeks an experienced, skilled, and theater-loving Marketing Associate/Graphic Designer. This is a full-time position working in our downtown office. More information here.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks a Group Sales & Ticket Services Manager. More information and application here. Send a cover letter, resume, and references to

  • Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, PA, is looking for a scenic artist to paint 4 flat units. If interested, please send resume, portfolio, and salary expectations to

  • Studio Theater Acting Conservatory is offering the following acting company workshops this fall: "Singer's Process" and "Mask Workshop." Check out more information on their flyer.

  • Fame: The Musical is seeking bilingual musical theater actors and dancers for its premiere at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC in May 2019. The production will be directed by Luis Salgado, who directed and choreographed the 2016 Helen Hayes Award winning In The Heights en Español at GALA. Check out more details on the flyer.

  • The Folger Theatre and Folger Shakespeare Library are seeking friendly and enthusiastic individuals to join their House Management team. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on their website.
Winter Intensive Opportunities
Interested in a participating in a dance intensive during winter break?

Our very own Dance artist-in-residence Kendra Portier will be teaching at the following weeklong intensives in New York City:

Bates Dance Festival/Gibney Connect
January 7-11, 2019 in New York City
Scholarships and workstudy available
More information here.

Dance Forward: Winter Dance Intensive 92Y
January 14-19, 2019 in New York City
More information here.

David Dorfman Dance Winter Intensive
Jan 2-7, 2019 in New York City
More information here.
Course Announcements
THET669V-5501 Visionary Collaboration
Dates: January 2-18, 2019 (Winter term)
Level: Graduate
Instructor: Howard Shalwitz

What's the difference between a routine production and a truly visionary one? Where does "vision" come from, and what kinds of collaborations and artistic processes can lead to visionary results on stage? In this graduate level seminar -- intended for advanced designers, directors, playwrights, and actors -- participants will gain hand-on practice with a number of key concepts that provide a framework for collaboration among all the members of a creative team. We will then analyze a number of visionary productions (on video) from both the United States and Europe, and learn about the collaborative processes that led to them. Finally, small teams will be formed to select their own projects and engage in their own visionary collaborations. 

Howard Shalwitz is co-founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. He was the visionary force behind the company for 38 seasons, steering its adventurous play selection, guiding the development of dozens of new works, building a renowned company of artists, and leading Woolly in the creation of its award-winning downtown theatre which opened in 2005. Howard has directed new plays by Clare Barron, Jason Grote, Sheila Callaghan, Aaron Posner, Doug Wright, Amy Freed, Regina Porter, Nicky Silver, and many other leading American playwrights, at theatres including New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep, as well as Woolly Mammoth. In 2014 he received the Margo Jones Award from Ohio State for his lifetime commitment to new American plays, and in 2011 he was named Distinguished Finalist for SSDC’s Zelda Fichandler Award.  

TDPS458U - When Film & Puppetry Meet on Stage
Time: Mondays 10am-12:50pm (Spring 2019)

Using puppetry and live-feed cinematography, this course will explore the question of how we tell stories. We will investigate both practical and theoretical studies of these engaging multi-disciplinary mediums inside and outside of class. It takes a delicate balance to juggle two very different but complimentary mediums. For visual inspiration, we will look at works by Jim Henson, Julie Taymor, Hugo & Ines, The Quay Brothers, Philippe Genty, William Kentridge, Hotel Modern, Paul King, Basil Twist and so much more. There is an expectation that you will also bring in sources for the class to examine. The class will be part lecture based part studio work. We will devise theater exercises and create filmed presentations of art work in class, both in and out of class, individually and in small groups. Both the Midterm and Final Exams will be performance/film based.
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