Prospective Students

Tours of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center are offered most weekdays, Monday through Friday at 10am, by appointment.

To schedule a prospective student visit, please contact Susan Miller at with your name, contact information, program of interest, and possible appointment dates. It is best to schedule a visit at least one week in advance.

Discover the passion we have for our scholarship & craft.

Students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies have opportunities to experiment, explore and experience – challenging themselves to reach beyond the boundaries.

Factors that make our program a standout:

  • Residence in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a multi-million dollar, dual-purpose, state-of-the-art facility, which also houses the School of Music and Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
  • An award-winning faculty, including several Helen Hayes Award winners, a Tony Award winner, an Emmy winner, and a winner of the Barnard Hewitt Award for an outstanding theatre history book
  • Our diverse student body - comprised of talented actors, designers, production workers, and more
  • The atmosphere of a small college within the setting of a large research-one university
  • Location in the nations' fastest growing arts regions and national epicenter for research
  • Professional affiliations with outstanding Washington DC regional theatre companies
  • Take a look at our TDPS Brochure, the Arts and Humanities TDPS Page and the Career Center’s Page on Why Theatre?

How to Apply:

Theatre embraces the liberal arts character of the University of Maryland and by choice, we are not a limited enrollment major. There is no audition, portfolio presentation or interview requirement to declare the Theatre major. Click here to learn more about applying to the University of Maryland

Program News

Congratulations to senior Theatre major Mia Levenson on winning first place in the Undergraduate Scholar Award competition by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF)!

It is with enormous pleasure that we share the appointment of a new Assistant Professor of Dance, Crystal U. Davis to the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, beginning in the fall of 2017.

Congratulations to Professor Jared Mezzocchi on being accepted into the MacDowell Colony this summer, as well as being nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for his projection design on Vietgone!