Annual Design Exhibition

2015 Guests attending the exhibition include:

John Lee Beatty
Donald Holder
Jane Greenwood



An exciting feature of the MFA in Design program in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is the annual public portfolio exhibit and review. Each year the Cafritz Theatre is transformed into a gallery where all MFA Design students display their set, costume, and lighting designs.

For the second year, the first night is being hosted by The Studio Theatre, DC located at 1501 14th St., NW #3, Washington, DC 20005. The exhibition will be held in the third floor glass atrium.

In the past few years our respondents have included designers and directors such as Paloma Young, Donyale Werle, Jeff Croiter, Ming Cho Lee, John Lee Beatty, David Korins, Ken Posner, Linda Roethke, Serge Seiden, Joy Zinnoman, John Iacovelli, Aaron Posner, James Kronzer, Mary Zimmerman, Jim Ingalls, and Anna Kuzmanic.

Spring 2014 Exhibition Dates and Locations


Monday, May 19, 2014 . 1–5PM
Hosted by: Studio Theatre, DC
Third Floor Glass Atrium
1501 14th Street NW, #3
Washington DC 20005 
Alumni & Industry Reception 5-7PM

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 . 11AM–2PM, 3-6PM
UMD Cafritz Foundation Theatre
The Clarice Smith Center P.A.C.
University Blvd & Stadium Drive
College Park, MD 20742





Program News

University of Maryland (UMD) alumni John Ford ‘64 and Sandra Poster ‘64 met during their undergraduate years in the UMD Theatre program, then known as Speech & Dramatic Arts. They went on to build careers in speech and communications, and they are longtime patrons of the arts.

On March 23, 2017, Professor Misha Kachman presented a lecture, "The Career of a Young Artist. The Experience of America." at the "Academic Discourses: The School of Contemporary Spectators and Listeners" series at the Theatre Institute At Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in Moscow.

Congratulations to Professor Dan Conway on winning a 2017 Helen Hayes Award for his outstanding set design on Hand to God at Studio Theatre!