International Initiatives and Partnerships

The University of Maryland is committed to playing a significant role in the global community and engaging our students in international opportunities. The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies has embraced this international vision with an International Initiative Fund to spur partnership collaborations throughout the world. Our students are increasingly diverse, questioning, aware, engaged, and globally-oriented.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 winners of International Initiatives funding for upcoming research projects that will take faculty and students to various corners of the world.

Prof. Leslie Felbain - ITALY, SWITZERLAND
Symposium for Directors/Theatre Makers at La MaMa Umbria International, Spoleto and Venice, and other professional work in Zurich

Prof. Miriam Phillips - SPAIN
Flamenco Puro/Flamenco Nuevo: Tracing Dance Lineage and Style, Seville and surrounding areas

Prof. Sara Pearson and Prof. Patrik Widrig  - RUSSIA
with other TPDS participants: Paul Jackson, Stephanie Miracle, Robin Brown
Performance and teaching residency at the Open Look International Festival in St. Petersburg

Prof. Laurie Frederik Meer, Kate Spanos, David Gregory - CUBA, MONSERRAT, SPAIN
Carnival, festival, and performances of national identity and subversion: research in three separate locations, coming together for a collaborative TDPS class and theatre/performance studies conferences

Jeff Kaplan - SPAIN
International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) conference paper presentation at the Intitut del Teatre in Barcelona

Adam Nixon - SCOTLAND, UK
Film presentation and research at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Bootleg Film Festival

Megan Morse Jans - ISRAEL
Gaga dance technique workshop in Tel Aviv

Sara Thompson - ENGLAND
Research at the Globe Theatre in London

Emily Warheit - UGANDA
Research with theatre development and educational projects in Kampala

The School's International Initiative Fund supports two-way exchanges, providing research and performance opportunities abroad for our students, while also bringing international artists/scholars to College Park.

China Initiative

In September TDPS began the 2012-2013 Season in the Kay Theatre, with the presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a co-production with The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA). Staging, costumes, lighting and direction were jointly realized in the United States and China and the cast included Chinese and American actors who each performed in their native language. After its premiere at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Centre, the production was restaged at NACTA in Beijing. To read more about this event, click here.

Prior Initiatives include:

  • Research and development for future exchanges in Accra, Ghana
  • Performance and workshops in Havana and Cumanayagua, Cuba
  • Development of internship opportunities with the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London
  • Festival performances in Scotland

Please click here to view the entire list of people and projects awarded an international Initiative grant for 2011 and 2012.