News & Updates

March 14, 2013 - 12:12PM
Megan Pagado

Our ticket office will be closed from Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, March 24 for spring break. We will reopen at 11AM on Monday, March 25 and resume our normal operating hours of 11AM to 9PM, seven days a week.

Additionally, our administrative offices will be closed from Monday, March 18 to Wednesday, March 20.

March 13, 2013 - 11:11AM
Missy McTamney

Sue Hess, John Schratweiser and Susie Farr

Sue Hess, John Schratweiser and Susie Farr photo by Jonathan Hanson Photography

Susie Farr, our Executive Director, has been awarded the Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award by Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). The award was presented in person by its namesake, Sue Hess, at Maryland Arts Day in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 20. 

March 5, 2013 - 4:04PM
Megan Pagado

Due to inclement weather, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will be closed on Wednesday, March 6, including both our ticket office and administrative offices.

The Wednesday, March 6 performance of Dead Man's Cell Phone has also been cancelled.

If you would like to attend another performance, please email us at and provide the following information:

March 5, 2013 - 1:01PM

Scot Reese

To University of Maryland students, Scot Reese is known as an outgoing and well-loved professor from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. But to a national audience, he is better known as a prominent actor and director of Black Theatre, appearing in theatres from LA to New York, and locally at the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage.

February 26, 2013 - 11:11AM
Missy McTamney

Leigh Smiley

Leigh Wilson Smiley Photo by Mike Ciesielski


The University of Maryland (UMD) College of Arts and Humanities has appointed Leigh Wilson Smiley director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Smiley is the former associate director of TDPS and served as the School’s first head of the MFA in Performance (MFAP) program, and played an integral role in establishing the degree in 2010. She has taught at UMD since 2003. Read more here.

February 14, 2013 - 11:11AM
Missy McTamney

Percussions Claviers de Lyon

Percussions Claviers de Lyon

The University of Maryland will welcome two legendary international keyboard percussion ensembles, Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Kroumata Percussion Ensemble to the School of Music in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, February 25 – 28, 2013 for a series of concerts, lectures and masterclasses.

January 23, 2013 - 11:11AM
Missy McTamney

The Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band showed their true colors as they proudly performed live for President Obama and millions of Americans as they watched the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, January 21, 2013.

January 9, 2013 - 3:03PM
Missy McTamney

Photo courtesy of UMD School of Music


“It’s ok -- I’m with the band” might open doors at rock concerts, but no such intro is needed for the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band, who have been honored with an invitation to participate in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, January 21, 2013.

Selected from over 2,800 applicants, the UMD Marching Band is best known for its performances at Maryland Terrapins sporting events. But this month, their performance involves marching the fifteen blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House, where they will be reviewed by the president and vice-president and their families, along with the viewing public.

January 2, 2013 - 1:01PM
Megan Pagado

Please note that the application deadline for the 2013 National Orchestral Institute has passed.

The UMD School of Music is accepting applications for the 2013 National Orchestral Institute (NOI), a four-week program of intensive study which will take place at the Clarice Smith Center late May through June 2013.

January 2, 2013 - 10:10AM
Missy McTamney

UMD’s TerpVision, the TV news and information channel that brings you stories of impact and inspiration around campus, shares a behind-the-scenes look at A Midsummer Night’s Dream.