Alumni Commissioning Project

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As The Clarice is dedicated to educating and presenting the generation of artists and creative innovators, the NextNOW Fest Alumni Commissioning Project supports the creation of new music, theatre and dance work to be performed at NextNOW Fest.

Past commissioned alumni include:

  • Riley Bartlebaugh (BA Theatre 2015): The Librarian’s Story: A Campus Tale, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Mariel Berlin-Fischler (BA Theatre 2014): The Relationship Classification System, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Joe Graf (BA Theatre & English 2015): Everything Will Be, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Sam Mauceri (BA Theatre & Arabic Studies 2015): Shirt Too Big, or Do You Like It?, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Stephanie Miracle (MFA Dance 2014): Groove, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2014
  • Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene (MFA Dance 2016): Love/Peace – bad names!, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Natalie Ann Piegari (BA Theatre 2013): Unbound, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. (BS Music Education 1991): Shibboleths, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Sisi Reid (BA Theatre 2015): Rock Paper Scissors, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Betty Skeen (MFA Dance 2010): End Song, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Dale Trumbore (BM Music Composition): All the folded wings, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016

Interest form

Guidelines for participation in the Alumni Commissioning Project are listed below:

Music

  • Short-form and 10-15 minutes in length
  • Written for string quartet
  • Premiere would take place as part of the Australian String Quartet’s performance in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Dance

  • Short-form and 10-15 minutes in length
  • Involves current UMD students or other UMD alumni in its design or performance
  • Premiere would conclude the NextDANCE showcase in the Dance Theatre

Theatre

  • Short-form and 10-20 minutes in length
  • Involves current UMD students or other UMD alumni in its design or performance
  • Premiere would take place in the Cafritz Foundation Theatre

UMD alumni interested in being considered should fill out the interest form below. This form will be open until Friday, April 21, 2017. Forms will be reviewed as they are received.