The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies – Educate and Inspire from TDPS on Vimeo.
At about one hundred and seventy students, the Theatre undergraduate program has the look and feel as that of a small college. This fosters collaboration and support among the individual members, and allows us to offer classes in an intimate setting, as well as workshops with alumni and theatre professionals. Mandatory advising is required each semester to keep in touch with our student base, and assist them with curricular and co-curricular choices. Artists-in-residence and professional affiliations offer additional opportunities to our students.
Professor Leigh Wilson Smiley was the first facutly member in the School to be awarded the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative Grant. She created a course, Community Partnership in the Performing Arts, which matched local high school students in the Latino community with University of Maryland students. See video below.
Community Partnership for the Performing Arts from TDPS on Vimeo.
This year, Professor Leslie Felbain was awarded the Foxworth Initiative Grant for her course, Theatre of the Oppressed. The Foxworth Initiative supports Professor Felbain's interest in sharing her field in the humanities with the wider communities in the Metro-DC area. Leslie's course, Theatre of the Oppressed, signifies the College's ongoing agenda to educate "global citizens who think creatively about the challenges of the 21st century".
The Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative is made possible by the generous support of Domonique and Ashley Foxworth, proud alumni of the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU). The initiative provides support for the development of courses that commit to practices of civic engagement and pedagogical work with underrepresented communities. It reflects our desire to support a learning environment that brings students in contact with their surrounding communities as community partners and allies in practices of transformation and social justice. We are particularly interested in projects that provide students with the skills and critical thinking that support continued community engagement and social justice beyond their college career.
Theatre Design at UMD from TDPS on Vimeo.
Undergraduate theatre major Jimmy Stubbs' costume renderings from Professor Huang's undergrad rendering class
Projection design by Ian McClain, undergraduate theatre major.
Light plot and rendering by Rachel Spires for Max Doolittle's advanced undergrad lighting design class
Storyboard by Christopher Wong for Max Doolittle's advanced undergrad lighting design class
Streetcar renderings by Rachel Spires for Max Doolittle's advanced undergrad lighting design class
TDPS alumnus Kenneth Lewis ('81) is featured in this summer's Terp Magazine for his work as chief of the division of performing arts and production manager at Wolf Trap National Park.
Congratulations to TDPS playwriting professor Jennifer Barclay on being awarded the 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theater.