September 2, 2015 - 11:11AM -

NextNOW Fest 2015 is right around the corner and we'd hate for you to miss out. Here are eight reasons why you should be at NextNOW Fest 2015:

#8: One-of-a-kind Treasures

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August 6, 2015 - 12:12PM -

This blog post is by Omar Khan, senior communication major.

Photo courtesy of Cary Gillett

For the past 17 years Cary Gillett, Production Manager for the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and UMD alum, has brought her distinct expertise to the DC area stage and production managing scene. She has worked on a wide range of projects in the area, from being the Resident Stage Manager at the Round House Theatre to “A Salute to the 2015 Presidential Scholars” at the Kennedy Center. Recently, she took her expertise and knowledge into the wider arts world.

“The really exciting part is that this is a completely new endeavor for Eastern theatre. There are no stage management programs in China, but there is a need."

July 21, 2015 - 9:09AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post has been updated to include more performances.

Wrestling with the WIP

May 20, 2015 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

We are beginning the planning process for NextNOW Fest 2015. The Fest will take place September 9-12, 2015, in and around The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

NextNOW Fest is a four-day, multi-­arts festival, co-­presented by all partners of The Clarice. NextNOW Fest invites students, alumni and our "Creative Radius" neighbors into our incredible artistic community for four days of artful, participatory and surprising events.

May 14, 2015 - 1:01PM -

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

Photo courtesy of Leigh Wilson Smiley

Leigh Smiley, director of the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, wears many hats as a teacher, administrator and working professional. This spring, she worked as the vocal coach for Marley, a musical about the legendary musician and activist that opens May 13 at Center Stage in Baltimore.

“I feel extremely proud to work on this piece, because I think the message is right. I think the heart in the project and humility in the project is really what we need right now in this region and in the nation.”

May 13, 2015 - 11:11AM -

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

Part of the value of a performing arts degree is that it teaches important skills that are transferable to any career. As a sales engineer for Cisco one of the largest companies in internet working technology, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies alumnus Chris Martin (Ph.D. in Performance Studies ’10), draws on the interpersonal skills and work ethic that he developed through his training in the humanities to better serve customers.

Martin hasn’t completely abandoned theatre – quite the opposite. He said his position at Cisco has given him the financial freedom to continue pursuing the arts in other ways. “I’m able to do things like volunteer at a high school,” he said.

May 4, 2015 - 2:02PM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.


Photo by Robert DiLutis

Once a week, University of Maryland School of Music students visit William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale. But these visits aren’t required for class.

“Students become better students when they’re involved in the arts, and that’s been proven time and time again.”

April 23, 2015 - 12:12PM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.

Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac photo by Xanthe Elbrick

Taylor Mac strutted on stage in sparkly heels, clad in a shimmery gold tunic with a tulle bustle, an asymmetrical military-style jacket, a rainbow boa and a headdress reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty.

It wasn’t long before Mac singled out audience members to join in onstage. “There’s no forcing, just missed opportunities,” Mac said with a wink, although nobody said no to the invitation.

With each song, judy “let go” of a 20th century value or principle that judy felt was no longer serving us – from the patriarchy to the “oppressive nature of fantasy” to commercialization.

April 20, 2015 - 10:10AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Lauren Burns, a junior journalism and history double major.

Tia Fuller

Tia Fuller photo by Keith Major

Tia Fuller’s performance at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on April 9 had a specific focus: the Angelic Warrior. At the performance’s start, a recording described the term. Angels are “peaceful, humble insightful and remain connected to the all mightyful,” while warriors are “always maintaining strength, [they] move in faith and not fear.” At the end of the intro recording, Fuller entered the Kogod Theatre playing her saxophone and joined the rest of her band.

Fuller ended the concert with the title track from her latest album, Angelic Warrior. She urged the audience to maintain balance between the angel and warrior within and to thank those who helped get them there.

April 17, 2015 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major.


Clockwise from left: Caroline Clay, Paige Hernandez, Jjana Valentiner and Anu Yadav; Photos by Kris Funn

Three University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies alumnae – Paige Hernandez (BA Theatre Performance ’02), Anu Yadav (MFA Theatre Performance ’13) and Caroline Clay (MFA Theatre Performance ’13) will perform excerpts from their solo shows at B-FLY BACKSTAGE: Diverse Solo Shows for Women this Saturday, April 18 at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

“I think that putting our work out there and showing what we think…how we do what we do is really taking a stance for all women and girls to be able to show their mind as well.”