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.

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.