• Posted: March 2, 2018

  • Posted: February 19, 2018

    This winter, design Professor Helen Huang was invited as a visiting professor - also called “The Foreign Experts of Professionals” - to teach a master class at The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. The Central Academy of Drama is the first theatre higher educational institution of the People's Republic of China and now it is affiliated to China's Ministry of Education. It is ranked as one of the best top-level drama, Film & Television arts institutions in China and has been selected into the country’s construction plan of world first-class disciplines.

    Helen’s lectures and workshop focused on teaching students and faculty about American methods and perspectives of costume design. Helen’s master class was centered around exploring the design used for The School of Theatre of Dance and Performance Studies’ production of Eurydice. Helen was proud to be able to teach at the Central Academy and share the strong student work produced by our School.

     “One of the highlights was when I introduced TDPS and the students’ work at UMD. I’m was so proud that I could do this.” -Helen Huang

    We’re thrilled that the work we do is influencing theatre culture internationally. Check out photos of Helen teaching at the Central Academy, including the design boards for Eurydice in the Academy’s Exhibition Hall.


    Helen Huang at Beijing's Academy       Helen Huang at The Central Academy of Drama

    Helen teaches master class on Eurydice. Projected image shows TDPS student design.



    Helen with students in the Academy's Exhibition Hall showcasing Eurydice design boards.




  • Posted: February 19, 2018

    Gail Berman Masters ('78) was the keynote speaker for the event. Gail Berman [Jackal Productions] is a brilliant producer, entrepreneur, and leader in today's media culture. She exemplifies a leader who has made her own way in this world, exhibiting courage and confidence, and impacting not just the performance field, but greater society. The School is so proud to have her as an alumna and so grateful for the inspiration the she and her husband Bill Masters offer our students.

    “It was a pleasure to connect with each alumni and the invited guests. We are grateful to have  such valuable resources and loyal supporters of the TDPS mission, in our alumni.” -Leigh Wilson

    This event provided a terrific networking opportunity for our alumni. Attendees were able to re-connect with old classmates and teachers, discover what's new in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, refresh old friendships, and develop new professional contacts. A great time was had by all and everyone is looking forward to the 2020 reunion!


    Helen Huang at Beijing's Academy       



    LA Alumni attendees enjoy festivities. 





  • Posted: February 6, 2018
    Congratulations to the faculty, graduate students and alumni from the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS), that were nominated for 2018 Helen Hayes Awards in recognition of their phenomenal work in the Washington D.C. theater scene.
  • Posted: February 2, 2018