News & Updates

April 22, 2013 - 2:02PM

This post is by Kate Gibson, one of our Production Coordinators.

Kate in the scene shop

Photo courtesy of Kate Gibson

This was my first trip to the USITT conference, and I spent a good deal wishing I had even known about it as a student. I attended this conference coming from the perspective of someone who manages theatre. This could mean a variety of things: stage management, production management, theatre management. And, there is a definitive “Management” track that is a part of the conference. Much else is geared towards the actual technical aspects of the theatre and the educational perspective. So, while my colleagues were mingling with various vendors, former colleagues, and classmates, I spent a great deal of time getting back to my roots.

April 19, 2013 - 10:10AM
Missy McTamney

TDPS students

Students from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

How do you get to the Kennedy Center Stage? Practice, practice, practice. And it helps to be one of the lucky students who work with UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies professor Scot Reese.

April 12, 2013 - 11:11AM
Megan Pagado

Due to a football scrimmage in the nearby Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, we expect parking in the Stadium Drive Garage and Lot 1B to be crowded on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2013.

April 10, 2013 - 10:10AM
Missy McTamney

Kreativity and Scot Reese

Scot Reese and Kreativity photo courtesy of TDPS

An educator knows they’ve genuinely connected when their students create a Facebook fan page for them with over 50 members. The “Scot Reese Appreciation Society” is such a site, and is testament to the impact this dynamic professor has had on his students and colleagues.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the academic excellence and lives of multi-ethnic students at the University of Maryland, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) professor Scot Reese is being awarded the 2013 Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education Academy of Academic Excellence "Excellence in Service" medal for Outstanding Faculty.

April 9, 2013 - 5:05PM
Megan Pagado

Over the last twelve years, we've hosted many events, artists and experiences in our building.

View this slideshow for just a few of our favorite memories from the Center's history.

April 9, 2013 - 1:01PM
Missy McTamney

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity photo courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Theatre is alive and well in Washington, DC, and in particular at the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS). Three of TDPS’s own were lauded at the 29th annual Helen Hayes Awards celebration, one of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors which recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in over 80 professional theatres around Washington.

April 3, 2013 - 11:11AM
Missy McTamney

Jane and Jim Henson

The University of Maryland is saddened by the news that alumna and world-celebrated puppeteer Jane Henson died Tuesday at her home in Connecticut at the age of 78 following a battle with cancer. Ms. Henson was the widow of puppeteer Jim Henson.

March 29, 2013 - 3:03PM
Missy McTamney

Jared Mezzocchi

Jared Mezzochi photo courtesy of TDPS

Bankers, dancers and projection design – it’s not your everyday entertainment.  But at a recent Connect4Climate conference held at the World Bank Headquarters in DC, that combination of talent was a perfect fit.

March 29, 2013 - 3:03PM
Missy McTamney

Kenneth Elpus

It’s every teacher’s goal – and every parent’s dream. Finding a way to get students more engaged in their schoolwork can be one of the most fundamental challenges of education, but recent studies are beginning to show the arts can be one of the most effective catalysts to achieve that end.

March 26, 2013 - 10:10AM
Missy McTamney

Alvin Mayes

Alvin Mayes photo by Stan Barouh

Alvin Mayes brings dance to life in his own choreography as well as the works of other choreographers. He has been called on to rehearse dances of Anna Sokolow, Erika Thimey and Eric Hampton for area dance companies.