October 20, 2014 - 10:10AM -

By Emily Schweich, junior broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland.

The Me Nobody Knows

The Me Nobody Knows photo by Stan Barouh

To truly appreciate The Me Nobody Knows, one needs to understand where it came from.

The musical is based on the 1969 book The Me Nobody Knows: Children’s Voices from the Ghetto, which compiles the voices of 200 students from Harlem. Teachers encouraged these students, who were between the ages of 12 and 18, to write down their deepest thoughts, fears and concerns. The book’s editor, Stephen M. Joseph, asked his students to respond to four dimensions of their identity – how they see themselves, their neighborhoods, the world outside, and the things they can’t see or touch.

The result: A moving collection of young people’s voices that was adapted into a musical by Robert Livingston, Gary William Friedman, Will Holt and Herb Schapiro in 1970. Alvin Mayes and Scot Reese, co-directors of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ production, have situated these teenagers in a church basement, in a therapy/support group of sorts.

October 13, 2014 - 1:01PM -

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

Linda Mabbs was honored with the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize

Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost of University of Maryland; Linda Mabbs, University of Maryland School of Music professor; Dr. Brit Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland; Wallace Loh, President of University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland School of Music professor Linda Mabbs was honored with the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize at the university’s fall convocation Wednesday.

The award is one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive that recognizes research and creative ability.

“Everyone is thrilled about it, because it recognizes the school and what we do here,” Mabbs said.

October 10, 2014 - 1:01PM -
Megan Pagado

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

Lee Hinkle

Dr. Lee Hinkle

The UMD Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Michael Votta, presents its first concert of the season, featuring Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto for Two Solo Percussionists and Wind Ensemble. I spoke with Dr. Lee Hinkle, percussion lecturer and director of the percussion ensemble at the UMD School of Music, who is one of the two solo percussionists. The other is his former teacher and mentor Robert McCormick.

For Hinkle, sharing the stage with his mentor is a special experience. “I really became a player under his leadership...[Bob] taught me how to appreciate what is quality music, and he taught me how to navigate the industry.”

October 9, 2014 - 12:12PM -

This post was written by Lauren Burns, a sophomore Multiplatform Journalism and History double major.

La Santa Cecilia Brings the Audience to Their Feet

La Santa Cecilia photo by Humberto Howard

A band with a Spanish name would typically perform Spanish songs, right?

For some reason, I didn’t think much about this during my walk from my South Campus Commons apartment building to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. So, embarrassingly, I was surprised to hear predominately Spanish lyrics during La Santa Cecilia’s first song.

A highlight was when she sang “Como Dios Manda,” which she described as a traditional love song, in a time when noise from Facebook and social media complicate love. La Marisoul’s voice was loud and powerful as the audience was nearly silent and the band gently played while allowing her voice to be the absolute focus of the song.

October 9, 2014 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a junior broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland.

Pointless Theatre

Pointless Theatre

One might think that puppets are just for kids. Not so. Pointless Theatre, a D.C. company founded by UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) alumni, blends puppetry, theatre, dance, live music and visual art to create unique onstage spectacles for adult audiences.

From October 9 to October 13, Pointless Theatre is in residence at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier to rehearse for and polish their performances for a showing Saturday, October 11 at 7PM. Pointless Theatre will perform two original twenty-minute pieces, Famous Birds and Nom-noms, followed by a conversation that will allow audience members to share their thoughts and feelings about the work.

“This residency has allowed us to reinvest in our company members, build skills they haven’t had before, and give them the opportunity to flex their directing muscles or design muscles in a low-risk environment,” Whalen said.

October 7, 2014 - 10:10AM -
Megan Pagado

If you came to the NextNOW Fest, you might have seen PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER’s performance of A Curious Invasion on the steps of our staircase. Here are some photos from their performance of A Curious Invasion/Governors Island in the New York harbor in June 2014:

A Curious Invasion

October 3, 2014 - 3:03PM -
Megan Pagado

This post is written by Monica Warren, Artist Services Coordinator at The Clarice. What happens to a costume after the show is over? Does it go into retirement? Are there old tutus playing shuffle-board with once worn opera gowns? Do they participate in early morning water aerobics and take fun bus trips to Atlantic City? As fabulous as that sounds, in some cases, they just go back to work. At The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Costume Shop holds a host of beautifully crafted and interestingly procured costumes. Recently, some of them were reincarnated by alight dance theater, a local dance company in Greenbelt, MD that was founded by several University of Maryland alumnae.

September 29, 2014 - 11:11AM -

Faedra Carpenter

Faedra Carpenter photo courtesy of School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Dr. Faedra Carpenter, Director of Undergraduate Theatre Studies at the University of Maryland, has been appointed by the Dean of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) to be the faculty administrator for the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative.

September 23, 2014 - 9:09AM -
Megan Pagado

Laurie Frederik Meer

Laurie Frederik Meer

Dr. Laurie Frederik, associate professor in the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, has been appointed director of the Latin American Studies Center. In addition to her current teaching positions, Frederik will oversee the undergraduate certificate program and activities that give Maryland students access to campus resources about Latin America.

September 17, 2014 - 10:10AM -
Megan Pagado


Placeholders photo by Ronit Eisenbach

Two University of Maryland faculty recently explored the connection between art and everyday life in Placeholders, a site-specific dance performance and art installation held Saturday, September 13 in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring.

“Placeholders has been a unique opportunity for me to sink my teeth into a creative process in a neighborhood that’s close to where I both live and work.”