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Cutting-edge technology brings slasher comedy to life
“Hookman” makes use of new technology equipment to create an immersive experience at the intersection of theater and film.Read More about Cutting-Edge Technology Brings Slasher Comedy to Life
After Loss, ‘Learning to Breathe Again’
TDPS student channels grief through a musical version of the classic story of “Little Women.”Read More about After Loss, ‘Learning to Breathe Again’
TDPS Welcomes New Faculty to the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance
These artist-scholars join the TDPS faculty to expand the school’s innovative research and teaching.Read More about TDPS Welcomes New Faculty to the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance
Broadening the Arts Umbrella
New initiative expands offerings; unites arts, STEM and social justice.Read More about Broadening the Arts Umbrella
$9M Gift Founds New Institute for Performance and Technology in the Arts
Michael and Eugenia Brin’s generosity pushes Fearless Ideas campaign total to $1.4 billion.Read More about $9M Gift Founds New Institute for Performance and Technology in the Arts
The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies advances and transforms the research and practice of theatre, dance, and performance studies through a commitment to inclusive excellence and educational innovation in the performing arts.
The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) at the University of Maryland (UMD) offers undergraduate and graduate programs that rank among the top in the country. The school creates a rich and productive learning environment that is part of a larger, comprehensive liberal arts experience provided in part by the College of Arts & Humanities and with the resources of a public research university. TDPS encourages the development of inclusive and diverse cultural perspectives. Students develop fundamental life skills, intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, problem solving, embodied learning and emotional intelligence—creatively applied to advance human welfare in all its dimensions. Alumni transition to a rich variety of career pathways within and outside of theatre and dance professions, working as arts managers, choreographers, directors, performers, designers, lawyers, business entrepreneurs, professors, published authors, teachers and consultants. The school serves locally and nationally as a model for collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The educational offerings in TDPS are administered by 16 tenured or tenure-track faculty; numerous adjunct faculty, international guest artists, visiting scholars; 6 administrative staff; and 56 graduate associates. We currently serve about 150 undergraduates in the B.A. Theatre program, about 60 undergraduates in the B.A. Dance program, 27 graduate students in the M.F.A. Design program, 9 graduate students in the M.F.A. Dance program, and 21 graduate students in the M.A./Ph.D. Theatre and Performance Studies program. Visiting artists and scholars regularly enhance these programs and provide additional perspectives that enhance the student experience.
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The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies offers two undergraduate majors, one undergraduate minor and four graduate degree programs.
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