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Letter from John C. Ford '64, Chair of TDPS Board of Visitors

In response to current changes to our world due to COVID-19, John C. Ford '64 reminds us that theater is people, above all else.

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Cancellation of Spring Public Performances at The Clarice

The University of Maryland recently announced a transition to online learning for the rest of the academic year due to the rapidly and continually evolving coronavirus pandemic.

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Making All the Right Noise

Theatre students juggle chaos and fun in comedy ‘Noises Off.’

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TDPS in the 2020 Helen Hayes Award Nominations

TDPS folks were recognized for their phenomenal work in the theater scene of DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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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 22 tenured or tenure-track faculty; numerous adjunct faculty, international guest artists, visiting scholars; 7 administrative staff; and 40 graduate associates. We currently serve 160 undergraduates in the B.A. Theatre program, 60 undergraduates in the B.A. Dance program, 20 graduate students in the M.F.A. Design program, 12 graduate students in the M.F.A. Dance program, and 30 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.

Prospective Students

Interested in our programs?

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies offers two undergraduate majors, one undergraduate minor and four graduate degree programs.

Find out more about our degree offerings on our academic programs page. Learn about our talented faculty, graduate assistants and staff on our faculty and staff page.


Current Students

Current Students

Looking for information about how to declare the major, curriculum requirements or how to apply for grants and scholarships?

Declare the theatre or dance major and check out curriculum requirements for any of our degrees by starting at the academic programs page.

For information about grants and scholarships, check out our dance or theatre CAPA scholarship information or our graduate fellowships, grants and awards.