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January 30, 2015 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

Masterclass with Dr. Phil Collister

Dr. Phil Collister from Towson University works with Daniel Hopkins, Amanda Staub & Carl Hengen; photo by Carlos Howard
 

Analyzing musical text and preparing opera roles are big parts of the School of Music curriculum for vocalists, but it’s often hard for undergraduates to have the opportunity to put these skills to use.

That’s why School of Music students Daniel Hopkins and Carlos Howard decided to found OperaTerps, the University of Maryland’s first undergraduate opera company. Their first production, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, opens this Saturday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

“Because it’s an independent project, we’re all really strongly invested in it…This is something we can say was totally our own.”

January 30, 2015 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

Colette Krogol

Colette Krogol photo by Matthew Reeves
 

First-year MFA Dance student Colette Krogol will represent the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) 2015 Emerging Creatives Student Summit at Virginia Commonwealth University from January 28 to January 31. This year’s summit, titled PULSE: Creative Collaborations for Cities in Flux, brings together students from a variety of disciplines to tackle issues facing developing cities.

January 28, 2015 - 1:01PM -
Megan Pagado

The 2015 Helen Hayes Awards nominations are a great demonstration of how the faculty and alumni of the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies contribute to the cultural community of the Washington, DC area.

January 26, 2015 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

Taurus Broadhurst

Choreographers' Showcase photo by Blinkofanaye
 

Congratulations to Taurus Broadhurst, who is the recipient of the inaugural Audience Choice Award at the 32nd Annual Choreographer’s Showcase!

January 22, 2015 - 3:03PM -
Megan Pagado

BOOMscat

BOOMscat
 

Calling all artists in the DMV area! Are you a local performing artist who is interested in developing new work? Do you or your company want audience feedback on projects you are designing? Do you value input in your creative process?

December 3, 2014 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

Cosi fan tutte

Cosi fan tutte photo by C.Stanley Photography
 

Cosi fan Tutte (“Women are like that”) is one of the most oft-performed operas today, so it’s hard to imagine that throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the opera was rarely performed. Infidelity, disguise, trickery – all cloaked in a beautiful, melodic Mozart score – were considered topics too risqué for the stage. Today, the opera provokes a contemplation of gender roles and the human challenges of fidelity.

Perhaps…“Cosi fan tutti” would be a more appropriate title for this whimsical opera that explores the human heart and the power of the human spirit for forgiveness.

November 20, 2014 - 9:09AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

Helen Huang, Professor of Costume Design in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has published Elizabethan Costume Design and Construction, a how-to book chronicling the process of designing and constructing Elizabethan costumes.

November 17, 2014 - 12:12PM -

This post was written by Lauren Burns, a sophomore Multiplatform Journalism and History double major.

Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America

Collidescope photo by Stan Barouh
 

The deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, among others, remind us that our country has much to do in terms of reconciling our nation’s past sins with its present.

The play never lost focus of its message: freedom isn’t free, and not all Americans have the same amount of freedom, if any at all.

November 6, 2014 - 1:01PM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

BASETRACK Live

BASETRACK Live photo by Balazs Gardi
 

Telling the stories of war and the struggles of returning veterans can be a difficult task. Artists and journalists often fall back on cliche narratives and tropes to express the difficulties that these men and women face as they readjust to civilian life. Sometimes, some of the most important voices are left out of these stories – those of family and community members who are also touched by the perils of war.

As producer Anne Hamburger said in the conversation following the performance, AJ’s story was that of the “everyman.” His and Melissa’s experience reflected many common struggles that returning Marines and their families face.

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