TDPS Newsletter
  Monday, October 17, 2016
Congratulations to all who worked on our first productions of the 2016-2017 season,  The Call and Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. For this newsletter, we have gathered some reviews from these shows to share with you. In addition, we are proud to highlight recent accolades for the inspirational work of Professor Karen Bradley and Professor Helen Huang--see their stories below.

TDPS students and faculty continue to do amazing work here on campus and in the community! Be sure to check out the news items, upcoming events, and opportunities below.
  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
Shelly Peiken  Master Class
Today at 10am
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

UMD alumna and Grammy award nominated songwriter, Shelly Peiken ‘79, will be offering a talk on creativity and the pop music business in Los Angeles, mediated by Professor Scot Reese.

%22Don't Leave Me%22 Production Still. Photo by. Michael Kevin Daly.
"Don't Leave Me." Photo credit, Michael Kevin Daly.
Alito Alessi Lecture & Contact Improvisation Jam
Lecture at 5pm
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Contact Improvisation Jam at 7:30pm
Dance Studio 2

Frances Bronet, Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, and Alito Alessi, Director of DanceAbility International, will give a lecture on how physical and architectural bodies impact each other in their piece “Don’t Leave Me.” Alessi will also visit Somatics and Improvisation classes with students in the Dance program and host a contact improvisation jam later in the evening. 

Karen Bradley wins Excellence in Advocacy for the Field of Dance Education award at 2016 NDEO conference
Professor Karen Bradley was awarded a  President's Award  for a lifetime of work devoted to advocacy through dance. She also presented with Professor  Miriam Phillips  and Dr. Susan Wiesner (Digital Humanist at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library) on "Reimagining Choreometrics: Access to the World." They were joined by a number of BA and MFA Dance students and alumni.

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Helen Huang's Designs Featured by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Professor  Helen Huang's costume designs for The Winter's Tale at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) were recently featured on OSF's YouTube channel. Cast and crew spoke about the wonderful experience of working with Huang and her creative vision.

Check out the videos here and here.
Alumna Gail Berman ‘78 featured in NY Times
Alumna Gail Berman (BA Theatre, '78) was featured in the New York Times last week for producing the upcoming television remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Last May, Gail visited TDPS to talk about producing and the industries of Hollywood and Broadway. Congratulations, Gail!

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The reviews are in!
What people had to say  about our first productions of the season:
  Rachel Grandizio, Theo Couloumbis, Summer Brown, and Alicia Grace in The Call. Photo by Stan Barouh.
 The Call
" The Call is an excellent production that delivers an important message worth hearing: the courage to love has no cultural bounds." - DC Metro Theatre Arts

"The students at UMD are doing great work .... The Call is an intelligent piece with a strong call to action." - Maryland Theatre Guide
Waking Darkness. Waiting Light.
" The production was unified by a mesmerizing sense of wonder and strangeness." - The Diamondback
Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol, behind-the-scenes for Waking Darkness. Waiting Light.
Photography: Geoff Sheil / Art direction: Piama Habibullah.
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Jobs & Auditions
  • The Clarice is looking for an undergraduate student to join the Marketing and Communications team as a Digital Media Assistant. Interested? Contact Missy McTamney at

  • The Charm City Fringe theatre and performing arts festival is in need of staff and volunteers for November. The Fringe is seeking venue managers and front of house staff, as well as volunteers - click the links for more info and applications!

  • International High School at Langley Park needs extra help with their weekly drama club meeting, Thursdays from 7:45-8:25. A volunteer student or faculty member would assist a teacher at the school with planning the meeting and facilitating the session. Email Nancy Canales if interested.

  • 1st Stage in Tyson's Corner is seeking a technical director. If you're interested, send a resume and cover letter to 

  • Looking for a great internship next semester? Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has a variety of paid internship opportunities. Applications are now open!
Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants & Competitions 
  • Call for 10-minute plays! Undergraduate playwrights may submit 10-minute plays for consideration to be selected for the TDPS New Play Workshop. Submissions are due November 1; more information available on the flyer.

  • Students traveling to the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) conference this spring can apply for travel funds from TDPS. Applications are due to Cary Gillett on October 30. 

  • The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) calls for proposals for a $1,000-$2,500 seed grant for dissertations using qualitative methods. Details available here.

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