May 6, 2013 - 11:11AM -
Missy McTamney

2013 MFA Design Exhibition at Studio Theatre

Artwork provided by School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

It’s been said “Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” But well-designed things are a joy to experience, and that’s what you’ll find at the 2013 MFA Design Exhibition, which can be enjoyed in two different locations this year.

May 2, 2013 - 1:01PM -

Sidney Chen

Photo courtesy of Sidney Chen

Sidney Chen is a member of Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, and will perform in her newest music-theatre work On Behalf of Nature here at the Center on May 4. He is a founding member of The M6, a vocal sextet dedicated to Monk's music, and also works as the Artistic Administrator for Kronos Quartet.

Sidney also took the time to compile a playlist of some of his favorite music. Click here to listen to it, and keep reading for his commentary on his selections.

May 1, 2013 - 5:05PM -

This post is by Lisa Driscoll, a Sophomore Vocal Performance and Broadcast Journalism double major. You can read more of her writing on her blog.

David Harrington of Kronos Quartet and Joel Pierson

David Harrington and Joel Pierson photo by Cara Fleck

Soaring string melodies and heavy-metal riffs collided in a showcase of virtuoso performers and student composers on Thursday, April 2. After rehearsing with the Grammy award-winning Kronos Quartet in San Francisco eight months earlier, graduate composition students Alexandra (Lexi) Bryant, Jonathan Graybill and Joel Pierson got to hear their pieces come together at the Clarice Smith Center.

April 24, 2013 - 4:04PM -
Missy McTamney

Linda Mabbs

Photo courtesy of the UMD Board of Regents

The press has called her “the elegant American soprano Linda Mabbs, acclaimed for the excellence and versatility of her performances”. Ms. Mabbs has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras, collaborated with esteemed conductors and presented recitals in some of the finest venues throughout the world. But when she is in her role as professor of voice for the UMD School of Music, her attention is completely on her students and preparing them for their own careers.

April 22, 2013 - 3:03PM -
Missy McTamney

Jack Kay

Barbara Kay, Jack Kay and Shelley Mulitz photo by Mike Morgan

Jack Kay has been called a visionary for a number of reasons. He led the successful real estate management firm, Kay Management and developed thousands of homes in suburban Maryland communities like Kemp Mill Village after World War II. But perhaps his greatest pioneering work was done as a philanthropist, particularly in the performing arts.

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 17, 2013 - 3:03PM -
Megan Pagado

This post is by Danny Parisi, a Sophomore English major. 

Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile

Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile photo by Dylan Singleton

In a short introduction before Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau’s performance on Friday night at the Clarice Smith Center, Director of Artistic Initiatives Paul Brohan emphasized the Center’s dedication to the art of collaboration. Taking artists with their own styles and ideas and putting them together to explore new artistic grounds is an important part of the Center’s mission. Luckily for us, when artists as talented and passionate as these two come together, the result can be magic.

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.