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.

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.

March 25, 2013 - 9:09AM -
Missy McTamney

Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig

Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig photo by Mike Ciesielski

Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, artistic directors of PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER since 1987, have gained an international following for work that transforms the familiar into the “mysterious, the subversive, and the intimate”. The dance partners, known for their contemporary, site-specific projects and community dance/theater/video installations are also an academic team at the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, where they are associate professors of dance.