News & Updates

April 6, 2017 - 1:01PM

As part of WMATA's SafeTrack Surge #14, College Park Metro Station will be completely closed from Saturday, April 15 through Saturday, April 29, 2017. During this time, WMATA will operate free shuttles to the College Park Metro Station from Prince George's Plaza and Greenbelt, and UMD will continue to operate UM-Shuttle 104 from College Park Metro to the university, allowing you to follow our standard public transportation directions.

Please consider one of the following transportation options...

July 19, 2016 - 4:04PM
Sara Wright

We’ve transitioned to new ticketing software this summer, so when you’re visiting our website for the first time for the upcoming season, you’ll need to reset your password in order to access the information in your account from our old system. We’ve outlined the steps to take below, but as always, if you have any questions or need help, our ticket office is just a phone call or email away: 301.405.2787 or

March 23, 2016 - 3:03PM

Be Steadwell

Be Steadwell (NextNOW Fest 2015) photo by Dylan Singleton

Do you have an existing project or an idea for an experience that you think would be great for NextNOW Fest? Do you know about an exciting and interesting alumnus or local artist that we should check out? Are you excited about the NextNOW Fest and want to participate in its planning and execution?

We are seeking ideas for performances, activities, visual arts and food experiences to offer at NextNOW Fest 2016.

Deadline extended: Apply by Friday, May 26, 2016!

March 23, 2016 - 3:03PM

invoke String Quartet and Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.

invoke String Quartet and Joseph C. Phillips, Jr., a past commissioned alumnus

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 work from alumni of the UMD School of Music (SOM) and UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) to be performed at NextNOW Fest.

Deadline extended: Apply by Friday, May 27, 2016!

March 7, 2016 - 4:04PM

NOI Spinx

Catalyst Quartet photo courtesy of The Sphinx Foundation

This year, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival is partnering with The Sphinx Organization to offer a newly created Orchestral Futurist fellowship. Slated to begin in May 2016, this unique opportunity combines administration, orchestral performance, festival curation and community engagement.

Learn more and apply for the fellowship.

February 17, 2016 - 10:10AM

M-NCPPC Summer Camp

Summer is a time to have fun with friends, explore the world and try new activities!

M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation offers you plenty of summer options. Choose from more than 670 camp sessions throughout Prince George’s County, including four camps held here at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

February 9, 2016 - 2:02PM


Artist from 2015–2016 NextLOOK performance SWING. Photo by Kintz Photography

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?

Apply to the 2016-2017 NextLOOK season by Friday, March 11, 2016. Deadline extended to the end of Monday, March 14, 2016!

February 9, 2016 - 2:02PM

Meghan Abadoo

Meghan K. Abadoo photo by Zachary Z. Handler

Congratulations to UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ Meghan K. Abadoo, the recipient of the Audience Choice Award at the 33rd Annual Choreographers’ Showcase!

October 22, 2015 - 10:10AM

Richard Scerbo photo by David Ashman

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Scerbo as the new Director of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival (NOI+F). The institute is a four-week program of intensive study for orchestral musicians on the thresholds of their professional careers. NOI+F offers its participants important tools for professional success and musical fulfillment, as well as preparation for the vital challenges facing twenty-first century musicians. Festival events open new avenues for community engagement and participation in the discovery and appreciation of orchestral performance. Enlivened audiences follow the trajectory of these talented students and their teachers as they form this critically acclaimed orchestra each summer.

October 6, 2015 - 10:10AM
Megan Pagado

Choreographers Showcase

Zvi Gotheiner photo by Andrea Mohin; Leah Cox photo by Jim Urquhart

Auditions for the 33rd Annual Choreographers Showcase are open to all dance-makers, aged 18 years and older, who live in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. Live auditions will be adjudicated by our expert panelists, Leah Cox and Zvi Gotheiner. Six finalists will be selected to receive an honorarium of $800 and present their work in concert on Saturday, February 6, 2016. There is no fee to audition.

Auditions will be held in the Dance Theatre at The Clarice on December 5 & 6, 2015, from 10AM to 6PM each day. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, apply here. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2015.