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.

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presented A Festival of Subversive Artists and Minds: a multimedia and interdisciplinary investigation of subversion in the arts. Students were invited to join and participate in performances and workshops, residencies and roundtables, conversations and games, for a thorough investigation of subversion and subversiveness in creative, scholarly, social, scientific, and political practice. For more information on the Festival, Click Here.

The Artist Partner Program at The Clarice curates a multi-arts performance series with regional, national and international artists and creative innovators.As part of a major public research university, the Artist Partner Program is committed to the creation and investigation of new work and new ways of participating in the performing arts. As part of The Clarice, the Artist Partner Program collaborates with the School of Music, the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in building the future of the arts.To see artists from last year, click here.Schedule of 2015 - 2016 artists coming soon.

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.

Former participants in the AIR initiative include:

  • David Henry Hwang. playwright
  • Bill T. Jones
  • David Alan Harris. dance and movement therapist
  • Douglas Fitch. multi-media artist/designer
  • Dianne McIntyre. dancer
  • Victoria Marks. choreographer
  • Taylor Mac
  • 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