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April 22, 2014 - 4:04PM -
Lauren Burns

Helen Hayes Award Recipients

James Gardiner; Mitchell Hébert; Brian MacDevitt; Aaron Posner; Pointless Theatre Company
 

Congratulations to the University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Professors, Part-time Instructional faculty and Alumni for their well earned 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards!

April 16, 2014 - 12:12PM -
Lauren Burns

Robert DiLutis, Sharon Mansur and Linda Mabbs

Robert DiLutis photo courtesy of UMD School of Music; Sharon Mansur and Linda Mabbs photos by Mike Ciesielski
 

Robert DiLutis and Linda Mabbs from the School of Music and Sharon Mansur of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies were recently selected by the Maryland State Arts Council to be recipients of a 2014 Individual Artist Award (IIA).

April 8, 2014 - 4:04PM -
Lauren Burns

Stephanie Miracle

Stephanie Miracle
 

MFA Stephanie Miracle has been selected as Fulbright Fellow to Germany for 2014/2015. With this research grant she will experience the rich lineage of German Tanztheater — including the work of dance icon Pina Bausch — through embodied practice, including intensive training in choreography and performance at the world-renowned Folkwang University in Essen. Both Stephanie and her husband Jimmy Miracle look forward to this exciting year overseas.

April 7, 2014 - 3:03PM -
Megan Pagado

This post is by Lisa Driscoll, a Junior Vocal Performance and Broadcast Journalism double major. You can read more of her writing on her blog.

Somi

Somi
 

The clink of wine glasses and choruses of muffled chatter echoed throughout the Kogod Theatre as audience members mingled. Multi-colored lights revealed a stage bedecked with instruments and a single microphone waited patiently, front and center.

All the clinking and chattering was stifled when Somi began to sing into that microphone, filling the room with the richness of her voice.

As a music major and vocalist, I walked away from the performance feeling inspired to allow experiences to be more of the lifeline for the music I perform.

March 27, 2014 - 2:02PM -
Megan Pagado

District5

District5 photo by Nguyen Nguyen
 

District5, UMD School of Music's Gradute Fellowship Woodwind Quintet, will be performing at Busboys & Poets Hyattsville on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Their performance, Throw Caution to the Wind, features some of the most colorful and virtuosic work for wind quintet, showing what it's like to simply let loose and perform.

Listen below for a playlist of music that inspires them to be fearless and "throw caution to the wind!"

March 25, 2014 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening photo by Blinkofaneye/BrightestYoungThings

 
 

Spring Awakening proves that the tumultuous experience of adolescence transcends place and time. Based on a 19th century play by Frank Wedekind, the rock musical follows a group of adolescents in a provincial village, balancing angst with optimism, and naiveté with curiosity, struggling to reconcile society’s agenda with nature’s desires. The UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies’ production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Brian MacDevitt and acclaimed choreographers Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, explores this dichotomy between institution and nature.

Dressed in neutral-colored, flowing, loose dresses and tunics, their hair swept up into disheveled hairstyles, the Elementals were more than conventional backup dancers; they told the undercurrents of the story.

March 21, 2014 - 12:12PM -
Missy McTamney

If only I knew

Photo courtesy of TDPS
 

UMD’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) dancers and choreographers were honored with an invitation to perform the dance work, If only I knew at the Kennedy Center this June. The dance was chosen during the American College Dance Association's (ACDFA) Mid-Atlantic Regional College Dance Festival held recently at George Mason University, and is the only undergraduate work to be selected for this honor.

March 8, 2014 - 7:07PM -
Megan Pagado

Update (Sunday, March 9, 2014): Our ticketing system is back up. Tickets can be purchased as normal online, by phone and in person. Thank you for your patience!

Original post:

Our ticketing system is currently down. If you would like to order tickets for any of our upcoming performances, either email tickets.claricesmith@umd.edu or call 301.405.2787 and provide the following information:

March 7, 2014 - 11:11AM -

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Photo courtesy of Erica Bondarev
 

On January 31, I was selected to participate in a unique arts engagement initiative here at the Clarice Smith Center – live-tweeting the world premiere of David Roussève/REALITY’s Stardust.

Art and Twitter form a curious blend of the nostalgic and millennial, the very blend that Roussève cultivates in Stardust.

March 5, 2014 - 10:10AM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea

Left: Bobby McFerrin photo by Carol Friedman; Right: Chick Corea photo courtesy of Chick Corea Productions

The lights dimmed, and I settled into my seat – front and center in the Dekelboum Concert Hall. Executive director Marty Wollesen took the stage to welcome guests to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. A curly-haired man in jeans and a hooded jacket walked down the aisle next to me. He’s late, I thought. Who would be late to a big-name concert like this? A second glance — He looks like Chick Corea. The man crossed in front of the stage and casually took a seat at the piano next to Bobby McFerrin. Wait. He IS Chick Corea.

Musicians this virtuosic don’t need to put on a show to engage an audience. When done right, the music speaks for itself.

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