Congrats to all on successful runs of "The Visit" and the Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert!
Monday, October 21, 2019

We have made it past midterms! We are looking forward to the rest of the semester, including our Main Season productions of Flyin' West (November 1-9) and Madden Dance Project (November 15-17), plus lots of student groups and Visiting Artist Series events here at The Clarice.

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Upcoming events
DCX New Dances

October 23, 7:30PM
Dance Theatre

New Dances is an opportunity for students to present their creative work on stage, no matter how developed it is. New Dances is a fun, supportive and fulfilling experience for everyone!

Free, no tickets required.

This performance will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.

Black Grace (New Zealand):
Crying Men

October 24, 8PM
Kay Theatre

The Visiting Artist Series is proud to present Black Grace (New Zealand): Crying Men on Thursday, October 24 at 8PM at The Clarice. This powerful exploration of toxic masculinity through industrial hip-hop, contemporary dance and intensive narratives by New Zealand’s most dynamic dance company may be of interest to many of you.
Remember that all UMD students, faculty, and staff receive a free ticket to most events presented at The Clarice and MilkBoy ArtHouse.

ACTnow: Arts Citizenship Talk with Anne Bogart of SITI Company

October 28, 6:30PM
Cafritz Foundation Theatre

Anne Bogart of SITI Company will talk with Raymond Caldwell of Theater Alliance about Race and Culture through the Lens of Euripides.

Space is limited, so register soon. Food will be available and it is free. See the attached flyer.

SITI Company will perform their version of The Bacchae as part of the Visiting Artist Series on October 30.

Plays for The Muses’
Original Works Project

Due October 28 at midnight

Student group The Muses is seeking play submissions for their Original Works Project on Sunday, December 8. Plays should be 10-30 minutes long and alumni submissions are also welcome. Please email your piece(s) to , along with the estimated duration of the play. Submissions are due by October 28 at midnight.
The Triumph of Isabella Experience: On Tour in England and America

October 30, 4PM
Dance Theatre

TDPS will hold an informal presentation of "The Triumph of Isabella Experience - on Tour in England and America" on Wednesday, October 30 at 4PM in the Dance Theatre.

Since the opening of the "Triumph of Isabella Immersive Experience" last September, our TDPS graduate student production team has made enhancements to the project's animations and soundscapes. They presented at national and international showings, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London, Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Orlando, FL. The team will present the new animation, discuss the development of the project, and share their experiences on tour.
It was quite a year! Check out this wrap-up of “The Triumph of Isabella” project, from the exhibition to the immersive experience, to London and on tour in England and the United States.
IPCCR Presentation:
Professor Dan Conway

November 19, 2:30PM
TDPS Conference Room 2804

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19 for a presentation by Professor Dan Conway. He will be talking about his trip to the Prague Quadrennial this past June on a grant from the International Program for Creative Collaboration & Research (IPCCR). Professor Conway's scenic design for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's production of Macbeth was chosen to represent the United States as a featured design exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial (PQ) in June 2019. The design was chosen from hundreds of design applications, and he was one of five American featured set designers at the PQ. For more information, check out this feature Q&A about his trip.
Interested in career advising?

ARHU holds career advising meetings for performing arts majors throughout the Fall in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The next session is Tuesday, October 29 from 12-2PM in the School of Music wing, Room 3160. Check out the full schedule

Email Kate Juhl at with questions.
Flyin' West
November 1-9
Kogod Theatre

Written by Pearl Cleage
Scot Reese, director
Alvin Mayes, director

Set in 1898, Flyin’ West is the vivid and spirited story of African American women pioneers who settle together in the all-black town of Nicodemus, KS. After emancipation, the play’s four women have taken advantage of the Homestead Act to leave the oppressive South in hopes of finding the freedom that had been denied to them for so long. Cleage’s work explores themes of determination, racial pride, intermarriage and the power of love to highlight the female empowerment that she sees as vital to the African American community.

Madden Dance Project
November 15-17
Dance Theatre

untitled sad piece by elephant JANE dance
Heidi Henderson, choreographer

untitled sad piece examines small sadnesses, those moments when we allow ourselves to not be chipper. In reiterative solos and tender duets, the dancers of elephant JANE dance see into each other's eyes and touch, sweat and galumph. The movement is effortful. These dances are real— messy, emotional, highly structured, single-minded, fluid, quiet and virtuosic.

Burnish (Magenta #08) by BANDportier
Kendra Portier, choreographer

Burnish (Magenta #08) renders the magical phenomenon of magenta into live performance. Unlike other colors, magenta does not have a wavelength and is only perceived as such because of the absence of green waves of light. In this way, magenta is a metaphor for what is experienced through absence.

New Play Exchange at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library is happy to announce that we now have access to the New Play Exchange . The New Play Exchange is a streamlined script discovery engine for the new play sector with over 28,000 scripts. With our Higher Ed subscription we can find plays to read, direct, inquire about rights, and contact writers. This database of plays is meant to connect theatres with new plays, so that new plays and playwrights get more exposure. 

Check it out here .
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TDPS Opportunities
  • Please see attached for the application and guidelines for the Annual Jim Henson Award for Puppetry. Applications are due Monday, December 2 by 5pm via email to Susan Miller at The Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry was established by Jane Henson family to honor the memory of Jim Henson (1960), creator of the world famous Muppets. Up to 4 awards in the amount of $1,500 will be offered to undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies for the creation of a puppet project or performance. You may not be awarded the Henson Award for two consecutive years. Application for the award includes the name of the project, an abstract, a detailed written concept, your intended audience, and an itemized budget. Current projects or already-made items are not eligible. There will be a 30-minute performance/presentation showcase for each project awarded during the Spring 2020 semester in the Cafritz Theatre. A tech rehearsal will be scheduled for the day before the performance/presentation. Guidelines and application info here.
Additional Opportunities
  • NEW Nu Sass is seeking stage managers for their upcoming season. They are a theatre group that works to support marginalized genders in the arts in DC, and they will be committing to The Jubilee in 2020-2021. Check out the attached information and email if interested.

  • NEW Lighting designer Doug Del Pizzo is looking for an assistant lighting designer to work on Snow Queen at Synetic Theater. The dates are November 25-27 and November 29-December 7 (Thanksgiving day off). The position is paid. Please contact Doug at if interested.

  • NEW Dance Place is seeking interns for their Spring 2020 season. With these internships, students and recent graduates are given the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience needed to shape sustainable, creative careers in Arts Administration and Production. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and current college students are welcome to apply. The experience will enhance participants’ abilities to shape sustainable, creative careers. Interns are selected for specific departments including: technical theater, production, development, arts administration, marketing, and youth development. Select applicants will be offered housing. Learn more/link to apply here! Application deadline is Friday, October 25th. Visit for more information and take a look at their flyer.

  • Are you interested in UMD’s Intern for a Day program? Intern for a Day connects undergraduate UMD students with alumni, parents, employers and community partners for one day job shadowing experiences. In order to participate, students must attend a 30-minute orientation session that will cover the application process, how students will be matched with a host, best practices when shadowing the host on-site and how to show appreciation to the host after the experience. For more information and for orientation session dates for a Winter term internship in New York City, please visit their website.

  • Applications are now open for the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant For Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. This $10,000 grant is awarded to US-based artists for making cutting-edge dance and movement-based performance work. Queer|Art strongly encourages self-identified women, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary artists to apply. Named in honor of visionary dance curator, critic, and educator Eva Yaa Asantewaa, the grant is administered through Queer|Art by a panel of queer women and nonbinary judges and seeks to highlight the important contributions queer women and nonbinary artists have made to dance throughout history. Applications close November 10. Learn more and apply here.
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