March 14, 2013 - 12:12PM -
Megan Pagado

Our ticket office will be closed from Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, March 24 for spring break. We will reopen at 11AM on Monday, March 25 and resume our normal operating hours of 11AM to 9PM, seven days a week.

Additionally, our administrative offices will be closed from Monday, March 18 to Wednesday, March 20.

March 13, 2013 - 11:11AM -
Missy McTamney

Sue Hess, John Schratweiser and Susie Farr

Sue Hess, John Schratweiser and Susie Farr photo by Jonathan Hanson Photography

Susie Farr, our Executive Director, has been awarded the Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award by Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). The award was presented in person by its namesake, Sue Hess, at Maryland Arts Day in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 20. 

March 5, 2013 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

Due to inclement weather, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will be closed on Wednesday, March 6, including both our ticket office and administrative offices.

The Wednesday, March 6 performance of Dead Man's Cell Phone has also been cancelled.

If you would like to attend another performance, please email us at and provide the following information:

March 5, 2013 - 1:01PM -

Scot Reese

To University of Maryland students, Scot Reese is known as an outgoing and well-loved professor from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. But to a national audience, he is better known as a prominent actor and director of Black Theatre, appearing in theatres from LA to New York, and locally at the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage.

February 28, 2013 - 10:10AM -
Megan Pagado

The National Civil War Project

We're proud to announce our collaboration with Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE as part of The National Civil War Project.

February 26, 2013 - 11:11AM -
Missy McTamney

Leigh Smiley

Leigh Wilson Smiley Photo by Mike Ciesielski


The University of Maryland (UMD) College of Arts and Humanities has appointed Leigh Wilson Smiley director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Smiley is the former associate director of TDPS and served as the School’s first head of the MFA in Performance (MFAP) program, and played an integral role in establishing the degree in 2010. She has taught at UMD since 2003. Read more here.

February 14, 2013 - 11:11AM -
Missy McTamney

Percussions Claviers de Lyon

Percussions Claviers de Lyon

The University of Maryland will welcome two legendary international keyboard percussion ensembles, Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Kroumata Percussion Ensemble to the School of Music in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, February 25 – 28, 2013 for a series of concerts, lectures and masterclasses.

February 1, 2013 - 3:03PM -
Megan Pagado

This post is by Sisi Reid, a Junior Anthropology and Theatre Double Major.

Caroline Clay

Photo courtesy of Caroline Clay


The late activist Audre Lorde once said, “When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” The same courageous voices are weaved throughout Anu Yadav’s and Caroline Clay’s MFA in Performance thesis presentations, both part of the Festival of New Works at the Clarice Smith Center. At first glance you wouldn’t think Yadav’s Meena’s Dream and Clay’s Let it Flo are very similar. Knowing each artist personally, reading their scripts, and seeing their rehearsals, I understand how beautifully they both communicate the struggle we have to confront, accept and utilize our own inner strength.

The raw vulnerability of profound characters teaches us that we all have a power within ourselves to both love and demand truth.

January 31, 2013 - 4:04PM -
Bobby Asher

This post is written by Bobby Asher, our Associate Director of Artistic Initiatives.

A Rite photo by Paul B. Goode


In early January, I attended a showing of A Rite, an examination of Stravinsky's history-making work by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company. They will perform the full piece at the Clarice Smith Center on February 7 & 8. You should be here.

I think what Bill T. and Anne created here is important; it respects and amplifies Stravinsky's work while simultaneously providing their shared commentary on what the piece meant in the context of the time when it premiered and what it has come to represent since.

January 31, 2013 - 1:01PM -
Jane Hirshberg

This post was written by Jane Hirshberg, our Community Engagement Manager.

This January, we were invited to present a session at APAP|NYC 2013, a yearly national conference presented by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. In this session titled “Fortune’s Bones: An Adventure in Less Control and More Collaboration", we discussed last year’s Fortune’s Bones project and the community-based collaborations forged over the course of the year.