With more than a thousand events a season, ongoing collaborations and fearless students, faculty and staff, there's always something going on in our building.

Read on for news from the Center, the UMD School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

SOM and TDPS Faculty Members Awarded Maryland State Arts Council Grants

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).

Musical Shares: District5, "Throw Caution to the Wind"


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!"

Musical Shares: David Rousseve/REALITY

David Rousseve/REALITY

Stardust photo by Valerie Oliveiro

David Rousseve/REALITY wlil be presenting the world premiere performances of Stardust here on January 31 and February 1. Choreographed, written and directed by David Rousseve, Stardust follows a gay African American teen as he navigates a difficult adolescence. Never seen onstage, he is present only by the unanswered, emotion-laden text messages he sends to a random number.

Stardust's sound score juxtaposes the intimate romanticism of Nat King Cole standards with the rough-edged, hip-hop inflected original music of d. Sabela Grimes. Because they have such great taste in music, we've asked David, REALITY and their collaborators to put together a playlist of their current musical obsessions. (You're welcome!)

Press Coverage Highlights, Fall 2013

This fall the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center was filled with music, dance, theatre and important ideas in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Read selected highlights of the semester's press coverage from newspapers like The Washington Post, public radio stations such as WAMU-FM and student news outlets like The Diamondback. See what the critics said about the fall’s performances from the UMD School of Music, the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Clarice Smith Center Visiting Artist Program – and let us know if you agree with them!

Emerging TDPS Talent Chosen for 31st Annual Choreographers' Showcase

Connor Voss

Connor Voss photo by Connor Voss

Five emerging choreographers from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies have been selected to participate in the 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase, which is presented by the Clarice Smith Center Visiting Artist Program and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The performance will be held in the Dance Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3PM and 8PM. 

TDPS faculty and alumni to present "J's Jook Joint" with African Continuum Theatre Company

Scot Reese

Scot Reese photo courtesy of TDPS

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) faculty and alumni will take part this weekend in the African Continuum Theatre Company's benefit cabaret "J's Jook Joint," a modern-day twist on the historical "jook joint" experience. TDPS professor Scot Reese will direct the production, and TDPS alumna Thembi Duncan (BA Theatre ‘09) is the Artistic Director.

Michael Kaiser and DeVos Institute to Join UMD

Michael Kaiser

Michael Kaiser photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center

With great excitement we share with you that by September of 2014, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management will relocate to the University of Maryland, College Park, joining the College of Arts and Humanities’ robust portfolio.

The institute will continue its work in collaboration with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, one of the nation's leading arts incubators.

School of Music Concert Choir Joins BSO Onstage for Britten’s War Requiem: Monumental Work Celebrates Composer’s 100th Birthday

School of Music Concert Choir

UMD Concert Choir photo by Mike Ciesielski

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the UMD School of Music’s Concert Choir will combine voices to perform Benjamin Britten’s moving anti-war masterpiece, The War Requiem on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8PM and Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8PM in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8PM at the Music Center at Strathmore.

Theatre, Technology and Humanity Converge in Chinese-UMD Theatre Collaboration

NACTA visits Jared Mezzocchi's projections class

Photo by Dylan Singleton

The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) and the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) embarked on a new collaboration on October 28 as part of the five-year partnership that created the bi-lingual co-production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A NACTA contingent, including two junior professors and one graduate student will spend three weeks working in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with TDPS faculty, students and production staff, sharing each culture’s fundamental approach to theatrical production, stage management and theatre technology.  


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