Looking for ways to get involved at TDPS?
Monday, September 9, 2019

As we kick into gear for the Fall 2019 semester, check out the various opportunities to get involved with the school. Student groups Undergraduate Theatre Artists Society (UTAS) and Delta Chi Xi (DCX) Honorary Dance Fraternity are looking for new members, so check out the application info below. Also, NextNOW Fest takes place at The Clarice next weekend—don't miss this fun opportunity to experience a convergence of arts and community right here in our own building!

This issue's feature story highlights Professor Dan Conway's recent trip to the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, where he represented the United States with his set design for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's "Macbeth." Check out the full story below.
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Upcoming events

Join UTAS!
TDPS are automatically eligible to become members of the Undergraduate Theatre Artists Society (UTAS). UTAS is a student organization which focuses on advocating for and creating opportunities for students who are heavily involved in performing arts through TDPS. To be registered as a member of UTAS, please do the following:

1. Visit terplink.umd.edu and sign in with your UMD login information.
2. In the main page search box, type "Undergraduate Theatre Artists Society" or "UTAS"
3 . On the UTAS page, select the blue button which says "Join"

Please also follow the UTAS social media accounts so that you can stay up to date on various UTAS events in the department!

Instagram: @utas.umd

Join DCX Honorary Dance Fraternity!

Delta Chi Xi (DCX) is an honorary dance fraternity that exists to serve the UMD dance community. They put on many events every semester such as free dance classes of all styles and levels, the New Dances performance, and Late Night Arts Explosion in the spring. Joining DCX is a great way to gain leadership and professional skills as well as get involved with the UMD dance community through service and a common love of dance.

To join, submit an application form and a faculty recommendation form .

Questions? Contact us at dcx.umd@gmail.com !
NextNOW Fest 2019
September 13-14

NextNOW Fest is an inspiring experience where creativity and community converge. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and the country, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art shapes and transforms our future.

Clarice Family Comps and Free Student tickets
TDPS students, faculty, and staff are eligible for Clarice Family comps!

For performances at The Clarice:

  • Clarice Family Comps are available on the first day of classes for ALL performances in the upcoming semester.
  • Monday, August 26 for performances through January 31, 2020
  • Monday, January 27 for performances through May 9, 2020
  • Clarice Family Faculty and staff may get 2 (two) comp tickets
  • Clarice Family Students may get 2 (two) comp tickets (one for being a UMD student and one for being part of the Clarice Fam)

For performances at MilkBoy ArtHouse:
  • Clarice Family Comps for faculty and staff are available the day before the event, as long as tickets remain for purchase. 
  • If a performance is sold out, Clarice Family members are welcome to put their names on the waitlist for their comp ticket.
  • Faculty and staff are permitted 1 (one) comp ticket per event. Additional tickets may be purchased with the $5 off faculty/staff discount.
  • Students are permitted 1 (one) comp ticket as part of the Free UMD Student Tickets program, which become available on the first day of classes.
  • There are no additional comp tickets for Clarice Family students.

For all Clarice Family comp tickets: If you have reserved a ticket that you cannot use, PLEASE contact the Guest Experience team ( mod-theclarice@umd.edu ) - they will return your ticket so that someone else can fill your seat.
Please read the full policy for additional information.
For free student tickets:
In addition, all students at the University of Maryland, College Park receive one free ticket per event. Check out the attached flyer for information about how to get your free ticket.
Large Fall Career & Internship Fair
September 17-19, 12-5pm
Stamp Student Union

The large Fall Career & Internship Fair is right around the corner! Almost 300 employers spread over 3 days will be on site to talk about opportunities (full-time, part-time & internship) available to ARHU students. More information, including the full list of employers, can be found here . The fair is open to UMD students, alumni, faculty, staff & spouses/partners. No need to RSVP.

Main Season - Fall 2019
The Visit
September 28 - October 5
Written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Translated by Maurice Valency
Brian MacDevitt, director
Leigh Wilson Smiley, acting coach
Kendra Portier, choreographer

MFA Dance Thesis Concert
October 4-6
Ronya-Lee Anderson, choreographer
Heidi McFall, choreographer

Black Madonna and Miss America
by Ronya-Lee Anderson

Corpora Caelestia: A Movement Opera
by Heidi McFall

Flyin' West
November 1-9
Written by Pearl Cleage
Scot Reese, director
Alvin Mayes, director

Madden Dance Project
November 15-17

untitled sad piece by elephant JANE dance
Heidi Henderson, choreographer

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

Second Season - Fall 2019
October 18-20

I Have an Idea for a Play
Written by Jordan Resnick
Directed by Katie Arnold

Doubled Bodies
Choreographed by Kristina Harris and Gabriel Mata


November 22-24

Breath, Boom
Written by Kia Corthron
Directed by Jasmine Mitchell

Written & Directed by Walker Green
Music Direction by Liezel Werner
December 6-7

Written by Diallo Adams

The Triumph of Horus: An Ancient Egyptian Sacred Drama
Translated by H. W. Fairman
Adapted and directed by Allison Hedges

Second Season tickets are free and become available one week before the opening of the show. Stay tuned for more details!
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Feature story
Professor Daniel Conway at the ‘Olympics’ of theatrical design
Dan Conway represented the United States as a featured set designer at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial this summer.

Established in 1967, the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ) is considered to be the “Olympics” for designers in performance, scenography and theater architecture. Taking place every four years, the PQ features exhibitions, festivals and programs that bring international designers and artists together to experiment, share ideas and network. Conway traveled to Prague this summer to represent the University of Maryland in the North American exhibition, joining designers and performance artists from 79 countries.

TDPS folks are already busy this semester! Check out some of their news, and send us your news to be included in the next newsletter.

  • Marketing and communications coordinator Kate Spanos (Ph.D. ‘16) published an article stemming from her dissertation research: “Locating Montserrat Between the Black and Green” in the August 2019 issue of the Journal for Irish Migration Studies in Latin America.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor Andrew Cissna is currently the lighting designer for Love Sick, a new musical at Theatre J, and Fences at Ford’s.
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Apply for an IPCCR grant
Tuesday, October 1 at 5pm is the deadline for submitting proposals for the Fall round of I nternational Program for Creative Collaboration and Research (IPCCR) grant funding. These grants are available to TDPS faculty, graduate students, and staff for projects to be undertaken between October 15, 2019 and June 15, 2020. See the call for proposals , application , and list of IPCCR committee members . You should talk to one of your area representatives on the IPCCR committee about your project before you apply. The IPCCR committee will be doing a workshop for anyone interested in applying on Wednesday, September 18 from 4:00-4:50pm in CSPAC 1815. 
Additional Opportunities
  • NEW The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park is looking to fill a part-time House Management position at their theatre. They are a small, professional non-profit children’s theatre that produces original retellings of classic stories using puppetry. See the attached flyer for more details.

  • NEW The REACH opening festival at the Kennedy Center opens this month! Check out their website for opportunities to work with amazing guest artists in theatre and dance.This month is Theatre Week, sponsored by theatreWashington and TodayTix. This is a great way to see some discounted shows around town. More information here.

  • NEW Apply for the Fall 2019 Foxworth Do Good/ARH-U Ready Unpaid Internship Scholarships. Awards range from $250 to $1000. Eligibility requirements include: (1) must be enrolled in an internship course, (2) must complete a minimum of 135 hours at the site during the semester, (3) internship must be unpaid/not offer compensation, and (4) if the organization is a for-profit organization, it must have approximately 50 or fewer employees. See the attached flyer and apply by September 20 at go.umd.edu/arhurdyf19. Please email Kate Juhl at kjuhl@umd.edu with any questions.

  • NEW Charm City Fringe is hiring for the following paid positions: Front of House Manager, Venue Manager, and Producer. View each listing at charmcityfringe.com/jobs and send your resume and cover letter to hr@charmcityfringe.com. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but for best consideration, interested parties should apply ASAP. They would also like to welcome theater and arts students to volunteer with the festival. Learn how to participate and produce for the stage or the studio moving forward by visiting their website.

  • NEW The Truman Scholarship program, which is the official federal memorial for President Harry S. Truman, recognizes juniors (third year students) with demonstrated abilities to contribute to the public good through outstanding leadership and service. Truman Scholars have outstanding leadership experience, a strong focus on public service goals and activities, and excellent academic performance. The Truman program provides a $30,000 grad study award, plus top-level internship opportunities, and participation in an unrivaled professional network of leaders and change-makers in public service. If you are interested, there will be info sessions at 2403 Marie Mount Hall on Wednesday, September 11 at 12pm and 4pm and on Thursday, September 12 at 12pm and 4pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact truman@umd.edu

  • Folger Shakespeare Library is seeking Production Stage Managers for its 2019/20 season production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare, directed by Aaron Posner. Rehearsals begin Monday, December 16, 2019, and the production closes Sunday, March 1, 2020. This is a weekly contract position that begins with first rehearsal. Folger Theatre’s performance schedule is an 8-show week. Must be a member in good standing of Actors’ Equity Association. Submit a cover letter and resume on their website

  • The Jung Society of Washington is hiring a part-time director of communications to handle publicity for their upcoming programs. Visit their website for more information.
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Kate Aurelia Spanos, Coordinator of Marketing & Communications
Krissy Aurelia Harris, Graduate Assistant