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.

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 8, 2013 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

This post is by Megan Piluk, a Senior Dance and Communication double major.

Graham Brown

Photo courtesy of Graham Brown


I recently saw Graham Brown’s work Apple Falling, as part of the Shared MFA Dance Thesis Concert at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. It almost seemed as if a play was unfolding in front my eyes.

April 7, 2013 - 5:05PM -

Update: The presale has ended and single tickets are now available to the public.

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.

April 1, 2013 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

This post is by Matt DeCaro, a Senior Business major.

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Photo by Dylan Singleton

Sarah Ruhl’s play Dead Man’s Cell Phone, which UMD’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies recently brought to life at the Clarice Smith Center, is a fascinating portrayal of relationships in the technological era. Ruhl explores love and death in a peculiar fashion, often reaching into the absurd. The play may have taken some wild plot turns, but its exploration of technology’s role in love was pretty interesting.

The play didn’t cause me to reevaluate the amount of time that I spend on my phone or Facebook, but it did push me to think about how I maintain my relationships.