2016-2017 Season Announcement

February 2, 2016

We are delighted to share with you the 2016-2017 Season of Main Stage shows to be produced by the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

This year we continue to interweave new work with the classical genre. We introduce our students to visiting professionals who serve side-by-side with our superb faculty and students, as directors, designers, and choreographers in the Season, and we ask the difficult questions faced by the nation and the world. We reflect back to the human condition, and we engage in deep dialogue and research into the issues confronted by a society that is pluralistic and that embodies diverse histories and world views.  

The classroom of performance and performance studies for these University of Maryland students allows them to understand the critical role audience plays in the creation of art and how to focus their education, training, and disciplines into the ephemeral moment of live performance.  

Your participation--whether it is as audience, scholar, writer, dancer, actor, designer, director, stage manager, dramaturg, producer, choreographer, instructor, scholarship donor, or staff supervision and support--is essential to our successes within the School. We hope you will engage deeply with our process again this year. We look for you at rehearsals, performances, collaborative engagements, and celebrations of the Arts and Humanities at UMD!

- Leigh Wilson Smiley, TDPS Director


2016-2017 Season

The Call
By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge 
Kay Theatre
September 30 – October 8, 2016

MFA Dance Thesis Concert
Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves
Kogod Theatre
October 7 – 9, 2016

The Wild Party
Book, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Alvin Mayes and Scot Reese
Kogod Theatre
November 4 – 11, 2016

MFA Dance Thesis Concert
Bearglove for Cary. Ask Her. by Sarah Oppenheim
Full Circle: Bridging the Gap by Chris Law
Dance Theatre
December 9 – 11, 2016

The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Amber McGinnis Jackson 
Kogod Theatre
February 10 – 18, 2017

The Amish Project
By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Mitchell Hébert
Kay Theatre
February 24 March 3, 2017

The Schooling of Bento Bonchev
By Maksym Kurochkin
Translated by John Freedman
Directed by Yury Urnov
Kogod Theatre
April 28 May 6, 2017

UMoves - Undergraduate Dance Concert
Dance Theatre
May 6 – 7, 2017


The Me Nobody Knows | October 10 - 17, 2014 | Photo credit: Stan Barouh