Visiting Artists and Scholars

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, in conjunction with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the College of Arts and Humanities, endeavors to offer co-curricular opportunities, multi-disciplinary experiences and creative inspiration by bringing in extraordinary artists and scholars to enhance the learning experiences of our students.

The Arts and Humanities Artist-in-Residence (AIR) is a joint project of the Departments of Art and English, the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, and the School of Music. Each of these units has components, including the MFA degree, that involve “working art” - that is, the creative work of a variety of artists, including writers, composers, performers, dancers and visual artists, to name a few. AIR aims to contribute to the creative educational mission of each academic unit, while simultaneously fostering cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration. As well as the AIR initiative, TDPS benefits from the artist who come to the Center to perform. These artists engage with students through providing master classes and attending regular classroom activities.

Former participants in the AIR initiative include:

  • David Henry Hwang. playwright
  • David Alan Harris. dance and movement therapist
  • Douglas Fitch. multi-media artist/designer
  • Dianne McIntyre. dancer
  • Victoria Marks. choreographer
  • John Jasperse. dancer and choreographer
  • Joe Goode. choreographer, writer, director
  • Walter Dallas. director
  • Liz Lerman. choreographer, performer, writer
  • Shirin Neshat. filmmaker and photographer
  • Tere O‘Connor. choreographer and performer
  • Mary Zimmerman. director and writer

To honor the legacy and creative genius of Maryland Alumnus Jim Henson, Alumna Jane Henson established the Jim Henson Artist-in-Residence Program in 2006. The generosity of the Henson family has afforded the School to bring acclaimed puppet artists to campus for a semester’s residency to teach courses, conduct workshops, create puppets for main-season productions and mentor student artists with independent study projects.

Recent artists include:

  • Blair Thomas
  • Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company
  • Chinese Theatre Works’ Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin
  • Basil Twist

Through the continued support of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, visionary artists in each performance season also offer workshops, seminars, master classes -- and sometimes an opportunity to perform -- to current theatre and dance students as part of their academic engagement and commitment to creative collaboration.

Artists for the 2012 – 2013 season include:

  • Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Siti Company
  • Lucky Plush Productions
  • Rinde Eckert
  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company