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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions about our programs and facilities.

FAQs

Visits to TDPS

Where is the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies located?

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) is located in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, at the corner of Stadium Drive and Route 193. The office is located in the back of the building on the second floor. Turn right after Applause Café, then go through the double doors and turn left.

Address:
2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 
University of Maryland  College Park
Maryland 20742-1610

Visits to the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies should be arranged at least one week in advance. We are glad to provide a tour of the facilities and answer your questions about our curriculum and activities. Email Susan Miller at smille13@umd.edu to schedule a visit.

The University of Maryland sponsors a "Visit Maryland Day" each semester. This is an open house for prospective students and their families. Throughout the day there are information sessions, student panels and tours of campus, so you can experience Maryland live and in person. If you would like to attend one of these programs, please make reservations at least one week in advance by calling 1-800-422-5867 or visiting Undergraduate Admissions on the web. Fall sessions are specially geared towards high school juniors and seniors; spring sessions are specially geared to students offered admission. All prospective students are welcome to join the TDPS Open House Session from 11 a.m.-noon as part of the "Visit Maryland Day" event. Visits to the campus can also be arranged through the Visitor's Center.

The University of Maryland can be reached by air (Washington Dulles, Baltimore Washington International, and Reagan Washington National), train (Metrorail, MARC, Amtrak) and automobile. Once in the Washington area, College Park is easily accessible by Metro and Shuttle-UM will take you to the campus. For driving directions to the campus call (301) 314-MAPS. You can also visit the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center website for directions and parking information.

Undergraduate degree questions

How do I declare my major as theatre or dance? Are there auditions?

If you’re applying to the University of Maryland, simply indicate that your desired major will be theatre or dance. If you’re already a student at Maryland, follow the directions for how to declare your major on academic program pages for theatre or dance.

There are no auditions to gain admission into our undergraduate programs.

Are there undergraduate minor programs? Can I double major?

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performances does not offer minors in theatre or dance.

The College of Arts & Humanities offers a minor in arts leadership, which provides students with the opportunity to acquire the practical and strategic skills to become leaders in the arts, as artists, entrepreneurs or cultural leaders. Find more information on the arts leadership minor program page.

You can double major, but this requires the permission of each department and the college(s). It is very time consuming; please take a look at the course requirements for the B.A. programs in theatre and dance.

Can I audition for a production if I’m not a theatre or dance major? When are the auditions? 

Auditions are open to all UMD students.
Theatre auditions are held the semester prior to the production. Fall shows are cast in March; spring shows are cast in October. Students can audition for spring shows in the fall semester of their freshman year.

Auditions for dance performances are held the first Friday of classes in both the fall and spring semesters. Faculty, graduate students and visiting artists attend these auditions.

If I am currently a University of Maryland student and I want to take a theatre or dance course, how can I do that?

For theatre classes, you need to wait until the first day of classes. If there are any seats free, you can go to the class and ask for the professor’s permission to take the class. If you gain permission, email Susan Miller at smille13@umd.edu or stop by her office room 2808 for an electronic stamp on your student schedule to be able to sign up.

Most dance major classes are open to non-majors when space is available, providing the student has completed any prerequisites for those classes. In some cases, non-majors may need to wait until the first week of classes to add a class to ensure room in the class for incoming freshmen and transfer students.  A few of the classes may fill regularly with dance majors.

Do you have a musical theatre program?

No, we do not offer a musical theatre major. However, we do offer musical theater classes, which allow students to focus on musical theater, as well as participate in musicals that are part of the TDPS Main Season. There is also the option to minor in voice through the School of Music.

Facilities

How do I work for the shops, ticket office or front of house at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center?

Undergraduate students are eligible to work at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Find out more on their website.

Can I borrow from or donate items to the Costume Shop or the Properties Shop?

Please get in contact with the Costume Shop at (301) 405-6689 or the Props Shop at (301) 405-2535 to find out more information.

Can I reserve the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center spaces?

Please call the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Scheduling Office at (301) 405-8176 for theater rentals. To rent theater or dance studio space, visit our rental spaces page or contact Jocelyn Callister at TDPS.space@gmail.com.

Can I reserve theater or dance rehearsal rooms? 

To rent theater or dance studio space, visit our rental spaces page or contact Jocelyn Callister at TDPS.space@gmail.com.

How can I get tickets to theater or dance productions?

Call the Ticket Office at (301) 405-ARTS (2787) or visit The Clarice website.