October 31, 2012 - 12:12PM -

Brian MacDevitt and Stephen Colbert

Brian MacDevitt and Stephen Colbert photo by Anita and Steve Shevett

The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) is proud to announce that professor Brian MacDevitt has been honored with the prestigious 2012 Henry Hewes Design Award for his lighting design in Death of a Salesman on Broadway. MacDevitt has won this honor twice before for his lighting of the Tom Stoppard plays The Invention of Love and later for The Coast of Utopia.

October 30, 2012 - 5:05PM -

After being closed for two days due to Hurricane Sandy, we will reopen on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, resuming our normal business hours.

Our ticket office will be open from 11AM to 9PM.

Please join us for the Big Band Pre-Halloween Scream, rescheduled for 7:30PM on Halloween day: Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

October 28, 2012 - 6:06PM -

UPDATED: Closed on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

Due to the forecasted impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will be closed on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30, 2012, including both our ticket office and administrative offices.

The following events have been canceled or rescheduled:

October 25, 2012 - 9:09AM -

Drew Barker

Drew Barker photo by Chris Flynn/NEH.

You may know Drew Barker as our Graduate Student for Development or as a Master’s Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies with TDPS.

October 24, 2012 - 11:11AM -

We're looking for extraordinary students!

Apply for our new student committee, the Maryland Students for the Arts:

  • Share your creative instincts and insights.
  • Advise us about important issues.
  • Assist us in making programming decisions.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors welcome!

Application deadline: Sunday, December 2, 2012 . 11PM

October 17, 2012 - 11:11AM -

Kronos Quartet

Last week, Kronos Quartet worked with three young composers from UMD School of Music. Now it's your turn!

October 2, 2012 - 10:10AM -

You may have noticed mandolinist Chris Thile on a big banner in front of our building — he’ll be here on April 12, 2013, performing with pianist Brad Mehldau.

We’ve just gotten word that he received a 2012 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

Congratulations, Chris! Can’t wait to hear you perform.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Alison Harbaugh

SCOTT AUCOIN, BM Candidate in Composition and BME in Music Education, UMD School of Music

One of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had was hearing a recording of the Britten War Requiem. It was my sophomore or junior year, an informal assignment from my composition teacher. I don’t think he knew it would turn into this profound thing for me.

That experience changed my ideas about music and the way music can affect you.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Alison Harbaugh

DAVID ROBINSON-SLEMP, Associate Director of Development, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

In 2009, I attended The Royal Ballet’s production of A Month in the Country by Sir Frederick Ashton. This was the first ballet that I had attended since childhood and one of the few I had ever attended willingly. The performance took place at the Kennedy Center only a day after a horrible Metro crash in D.C. that killed nine people and the company dedicated the performance to those who had died.

The dancers performed with incredible grace and finesse, as well as with “superhero-like” agility. I would later describe their synchronicity as almost transcending human ability.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Carmen Balthrop sitting in a bay window

CARMEN BALTHROP, Soprano, Professor of Voice, UMD School of Music

The most moving experience I’ve ever had actually didn’t happen on stage.

The story starts when I was eight years old. My father had a radio and television shop in the basement of our home where he would just tinker around with things, lots of machines that had lights, knobs and dials.

I think what happened in that instant was that I was awakened to the idea that singing — singing in that style — was something I could do.