News & Updates

August 29, 2013 - 10:10AM
Missy McTamney

Jennifer Barclay

Preparing to succeed in the competitive world of theatre arts requires students in UMD’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) to delve into a diverse theatre curriculum with an impressive faculty of eclectic backgrounds. The newest addition to the TDPS faculty line-up is Jennifer Barclay, a noted actor-turned-playwright whose recent work entitled Counterweight: An Elevator Love Play will debut this October in La Jolla Playhouse’s inaugural “Without Walls Festival”. This one-of-a-kind Festival of on-site work will simultaneously stage events around San Diego’s Playhouse Theatre District, presented by the Playhouse and partner institutions the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and UC San Diego.

Barclay joins TDPS as Assistant Professor of playwriting and performance beginning this fall, and will teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.

August 26, 2013 - 12:12PM
Megan Pagado

Season Guides

We've found a printing error in some of our new season guides. If you've received a copy of the guide featured in the image above, you may notice that pages 60-66 don't meet our normal high standards.

The printing error affects the ten events below. We encourage you to visit our web pages for these events or view the correct PDF version of the guide.

August 26, 2013 - 11:11AM
Missy McTamney

La Cruzada Teatral

Photo by Laurie Frederik Meer

​Modern Cuba is home to an incongruous mixture of modern and traditional. Bustling, urban Havana is a remarkable contrast with the remote and isolated countryside, where many Cubans live and work. 

Laurie Frederik Meer arrived in Cuba's eastern Guantanamo Province on the back of a Russian flatbed truck accompanied by twenty-four Cuban artists and theatre performers. The professor in UMD's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies conducted ethnographic field research for over two years, attached to a troupe of performing artists who trekked into the most isolated parts of Cuba's mountain terrain. These artists presented outdoor theatre that celebrated cubanía (Cuban-ness) and the beloved campesino (farmer), while at the same time questioning their traditional role in a modern Communist society.

As an anthropologist, [Dr. Laurie Frederik Meer] examines how and why particular cultures use theatre to define themselves and deal with social and ethical conflicts.

August 16, 2013 - 12:12PM
Sarah Snyder

Andrew Mulinge and Congressman John Lewis

Andrew Mulinge and Congressman John Lewis photo courtesy of Andrew Mulinge

Senior Government and Politics major, Andrew Mulinge will be part of the student activist conversation at the Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation national symposium on September 6.

The Civil Rights Movement has left an everlasting impression on me, and I use that time period as the standard for how to create change in society.

August 7, 2013 - 5:05PM
Megan Pagado

Martin Wollesen

Martin Wollesen photo by John Consoli

Big news: Martin Wollsen has been named our new executive director, officially assuming his duties on September 2, 2013.

July 26, 2013 - 1:01PM
Megan Pagado

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Artwork by National Action Network

The Civil War to Civil Rights symposium planning committee invites students to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Rally. The rally will begin at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall at 8AM on Saturday, August 24, 2013.

July 26, 2013 - 1:01PM
Megan Pagado

Smoke-Free Policy

As of July 1, 2013, the University of Maryland is a smoke-free campus. This means that smoking is no longer allowed directly outside the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

July 12, 2013 - 2:02PM
Megan Pagado

CREATE for Change Workshop

CREATE Leaders Workshop photo courtesy of UMD School of Public Health

Maryland ranks among the top 10 states for HIV/AIDS infection, and Prince George's County has some of the highest rates in the state.

We know that the arts facilitate self-exploration and self-expression like nothing else, which is why we've joined forces with the UMD School of Public Health's Prevention Research Center to address these important issues through CREATE (Community Redirection of Expections through Arts Transformation Experiences) for Change. This arts-based, intergenerational project aims to raise awareness about HIV and STD prevention in Prince George's County through creative expression.

June 26, 2013 - 11:11AM
Megan Pagado

Watch the video above to learn more about School of Music's fearless students and the paths they're trailblazing.  

Update: Support scholarships for performing arts Terps. Today is Scholarship Day!