Congrats to all on successful runs of "The Visit" and the Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert!
Monday, October 7, 2019

Congratulations to everyone involved in our first two productions of the year, The Visit and the Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert! These productions exemplified the excellent and innovative work of our actors, dancers, designers, and stage managers from our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Coming up next this fall: Flyin' West and the Madden Dance Project. Check out the details below for more info about these productions and our other upcoming events.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 20—our dance students and faculty will be performing "On the Move" at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at 6PM. Go support the TDPS Dance program, or, if you can't make it, watch the livestream on the Kennedy Center website.
The Visit:
Directed by Brian MacDevitt with acting coach Leigh Wilson Smiley and choreographer Kendra Portier .
Designed by Sarah Beth Hall (set), Kiana Vincenty (costumes), Lauren Gallup (lighting), Jeremy Bennett (projections), Melissa Sibert (wigs and makeup), and Mike Winch and Aaron Bliden (composition/ sound).
Photos by David Andrews .
Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert:
"Black Madonna and Miss America" by Ronya-Lee Anderson (left) & "Corpora Caelestia" by Heidi McFall (right).
Designed by Grace Guarniere (set), Jacob Hughes (lighting), Austin Blake Conlee (costumes for Black Madonna and Miss America), Channing Tucker (costumes for Corpora Caelestia), Sean Preston and Zavier Taylor (projections for Black Madonna and Miss America), and Veronica Lancaster (sound for Corpora Caelestia, and with Ronya-Lee Anderson for Black Madonna and Miss America).
Photos by David Andrews .
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Upcoming events
Audition for the TDPS Spring 2020 Main Season

For the Spring 2020 semester, TDPS will be hosting a first round of auditions for the shows, A Doll House , Noises Off , and She Kills Monsters . Students will have the opportunity to strut their stuff for a panel of faculty members, including Scot Reese, Jennifer Barclay, Lisa Nathans, and Mitchell Hébert.

Monday, October 14th, 4-8PM | Choreography Studio (Room 1611)
Friday, October 18th, 4-8PM | Rever Rehearsal Studio (Room 3736)

See the attached flyers ( call for auditions , A Doll House characters , and Noises Off characters ) for more information. Sign up here .
TDPS class auditions and interviews

Auditions and interviews for TDPS theatre classes in Spring 2020 are coming up in the next few weeks. Check out the attached flyer for more information about classes, the audition schedule, and how to prepare.
On the Move -
TDPS Dance at the Kennedy Center

October 20, 6PM
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center

The TDPS Dance program will be performing “On the Move” on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, October 20 at 6pm. Free admission, no tickets. Seating is first come, first served. Mark your calendars now!

If you can't make it to show, watch the livestream! Available on the Kennedy Center's website .
“Just Out of Reach,” choreographed by Alvin Mayes. Performed as part of “On the Move” at the Millennium Stage in 2016. Photo by Jonathan Hsu.

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.
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.
Check out this video of our graduate student team talking about creating the "Triumph of Isabella" immersive experience. Video by David Andrews.
Flyin' West
November 1-9
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

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 .
Other Events
Movement Analysis for Performing and Creative Artists

On Saturday, October 12, the Washington Area Certified Movement Analysts (WACMA) will host a workshop at Dance Loft on 14 about the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS). Learn the basics of Movement Analysis and explore its applications to theatre, dance, visual arts, and creative writing. More info on the flyer.

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  • PhD candidate Victoria Scrimer will publish her article “You Can Never Go Home Again: Nostalgia, the Uncanny, and Staging Home on the Frontlines” in the upcoming December issue of Etudes. Also, in April, her article ““Radical Resurrections: A Performance History of John Brown’s Body” will come in the comparative drama publication Text & Presentation.

  • PhD student Jared Strange will publish his article “The World Cup’s Double-Headed Eagle: Gestures and Scenarios in the Football Arena” in Theatre Research International (TRI) in the spring.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate Kelley Holley and PhD student Lindsey Barr on being elected to the Graduate Student Caucus (GSC) for the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)! Lindsey will serve as the Vice President and Representative to the Committee on Conferences and Kelley will serve as the Representative to the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education.
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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 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 (starting today!), please visit their website.

  • NEW The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC seeks a New Generations Manager (NGM). The NGM will work closely with the Engagement and Education staff to create, market, administer, and assess programming that opens doors for the next generation of theatre artists and administrators. For more information and to apply, visit their website, or send a cover letter, resume, and references to

  • Jewish Community Services (JCS) is hiring for a part-time position as Health Educator for Innovative Theatrical Programming. This individual would develop, present, and coordinate a unique series of health promotion programs that incorporate dramatic arts and theatrical skits to capture and hold the attention of teens and young adults. See more details on 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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