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The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies values the unique power of the performing arts to address social issues through performance practice and research. 

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Breaking the M.O.L.D. Initiative Inaugural Cohort 2022

Associate Professor Crystal Davis was selected for the "Breaking the M.O.L.D." Initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Author/Lead: Crystal U. Davis
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Associate Professor Crystal Davis was selected for the first cohort of "Breaking the M.O.L.D." Initiative at UMD supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The cohort worked with Psyche Williams-Forson, professor and chair of American studies, Bonnie Thornton Dill, professor in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; former dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, faculty leaders-in-residence Marisa Parham and Ruth Enid Zambrana, Distinguished University Professor in The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

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The Play Is Coming From Inside the House

Three new virtual productions, set in haunted homes and an interactive hotel, give you the excitement of exploring spaces that are off limits.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Jared Mezzocchi
Dates:
Someone Else's House - Jared Mezzocchi - Geffen Playhouse

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

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How a Multimedia Whiz Seized Digital Theater’s Big Moment

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Jared Mezzocchi
Dates:
Jared Mezzocchi NYT April 2021

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

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History and theory faculty Caitlin Marshall co-edits a special issue for Performance Matters

The issue explores the resonances of sound in the field of performance studies

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Publisher: Performance Matters

History and theory faculty Caitlin Marshall co-edited a special issue for the journal Performance Matters entitled "Sound Acts." The issue explores the resonances of sound in the field of performance studies, asking "how the materiality of sound acts as a form of aesthetic and political possibility."

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The Technological Theatre Experimenters

Imagine a future where theatre can show the world how the internet is a living, breathing, site-specific treasure trove of real-time performance.

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Author/Lead: Jared Mezzocchi
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Technological Theatre Experimenters - Howlround - by Nguyen Tran

Imagine a future where theatre can show the world how the internet is a living, breathing, site-specific treasure trove of real-time performance.th

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PhD student Jordan Ealey selected as 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

PhD student Jordan Ealey selected as 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

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PhD student Jordan Ealey was selected to be a 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

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NDEO Executive Director's Award for Service 2021

Assistant Professor Crystal U. Davis received the NDEO Executive Director's Award for Service.

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Author/Lead: Crystal U. Davis
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Assistant Professor Crystal U. Davis received the Executive Director's Award for Service to the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). The awardee is chosen by the NDEO Executive Director to honor a deserving member who has shown excellent service to the field of dance education and to NDEO.

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Leticia Ridley publishes a stage review in the August Wilson Journal

Leticia Ridley publishes a stage review in the August Wilson Journal

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Publisher: August Wilson Journal

Ph.D. candidate Leticia Ridley publishes a stage review of Round House Theatre’s 2018 production of Gem of the Ocean in the August Wilson Journal.

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Fraser Stevens publishes an article in Global Performance Studies

Fraser Stevens publishes an article in Global Performance Studies

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Publisher: Global Performance Studies

Ph.D. candidate Fraser Stevens publishes an article, "The Performance of Covert Cultural Landscapes: A Theatre/Archaeology Analysis," in Global Performance Studies.

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Lindsey Barr elected president of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Graduate Student Caucus

Lindsey Barr elected president of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Graduate Student Caucus

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Ph.D. student Lindsey Barr was elected president of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Graduate Student Caucus. Her term starts in November 2020.

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