Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park

Located on the University of Maryland’s flagship campus in College Park, Maryland, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center combines student productions with professional companies. It features a wide variety of music, dance, lectures and plays; only the theatrical productions are listed here.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has an alternative location called the Milkboy Arthouse, on Route 1 (Baltimore Ave.)

Website: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/

Location: 3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2635

Ticket Office: 301.405.ARTS (2787)
Main Office: 301.405.7794


Upcoming Events:


No Ways Tired at Clarice Smith, Feb 28, Online

No Ways Tired: A Celebration of Black History Month

Sunday, February 28, 2021 . 7PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Faculty, students and guest choirs come together for a concert celebrating Black History Month curated by the School of Music’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Committee and in partnership with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA). Hosted by CAAPA’s Executive Director Terri Allen with remarks by the College of Arts and Humanities’ Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill, this jubilant celebration will shine a light on history and amplify the call for racial justice in the present through spirituals, narration, poetry and other musical works by Black composers. Guest choirs include the CAAPA Chorale, the Carter Legacy Singers and the Heritage Signature Chorale. The program will also feature the UMD Symphony Orchestra’s virtual performance of George Walker’s Lyric for Strings and conclude with the Black National Anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing, originally presented over the summer by Nicole Heaston of the Purple Robe Song Series and performed by professional singers including voice and opera faculty Kevin Short.

This event was pre-recorded for the health and safety of the artists and staff. This virtual performance will be available for you to watch from home on Vimeo. Please do not come to the building.

Tickets: Free; Tickets Required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Free Performance, No Ways Tired, Black History Month


Black Light Summit at Clarice Smith, Mar 4-6, Online

BlackLight Summit
Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Saturday, March 6, 2021
Thu, Mar 4, 2021 . 08:30AM to 09:00PM
Fri, Mar 5, 2021 . 08:30AM to 09:00PM
Sat, Mar 6, 2021 . 08:30AM to 09:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

A Black, POC and LGBTQ+ celebratory space and an open invitation for participation, learning and conversation with all.

Come as you are. See us as we are. Imagine and act on what can be.

Our inaugural BlackLight Summit is a year-long dance initiative that investigates how time, people, possibility and hope come together to examine legacy, citizenship and scholarship. The summit asks, through the practice of being socially responsible within the arts: How do we create traditions? How do we transform them into enduring legacies?

To interrogate this unique historical moment, the BlackLight Summit seeks to be a spark that ignites daring innovation and reveals the creativity within the dance ecosystem in America. The peak of the BlackLight Summit is a virtual three-day convening that features roundtable conversations, movement labs and artistic presentations from BlackLight featured artists Micaela Taylor, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Candace Scarborough and Jamal Abrams. Our initiative aims to re-envision how dance can be a conduit to galvanize imagination, resilience and inventiveness.

All events will be able to be experienced virtually and will be free.

For questions or assistance, contact blacklight-summit@umd.edu.

Tickets: Free; Registration Encouraged. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Free Performance, Black Light Summit, Micaela Taylor, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Candace Scarborough, Jamal Abrams


Musical Theatre Revue at Clarice Smith, Mar 5 & 6, Online

TDPS Musical Theatre Revue
March 5-6, 2021 . 7:30PM
Fri, Mar 5, 2021 . 07:30PM to 09:30PM
Sat, Mar 6, 2021 . 07:30PM to 09:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

UMD School of Theatre Dance and Performance Studies students present an evening of musical theatre performances, directed by Monique Midgette.

Note: All COVID-19 safety protocols are followed in this production. Rehearsals and performances take place completely virtually.

Tickets: Free; No Tickets Required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Free Performance, Musical Theatre Revue, Monique Midgette


The Revolutionists at Clarice Smith, Mar 10 & 11, Online

The Revolutionists
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Leigh Wilson Smiley, director

March 10 – 11, 2021 . 7:30PM
Wed, Mar 10, 2021 . 07:30PM to 09:30PM
Thu, Mar 11, 2021 . 07:30PM to 09:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Juxtaposed against the background of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, this raucous comedy portrays a sisterhood of four women: a playwright, an assassin, a former queen and a rebel. The play touches on themes of legacy, activism, terrorism and feminism to suggest how women can change the world. Though set in 1793, this production uses language, culture and references to contemporary culture to highlight the relevance of such themes today.

“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…[Gunderson] has created a play that is wonderfully wild and raucous…It’s a wild ride, filled with verbal gymnastics that come racing at you so quickly it’s occasionally hard to keep up. Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.”—Cincinnati Enquirer

Tickets: Free; No Tickets Required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Free Performance, The Revolutionists, Lauren Gunderson, Leigh Wilson Smiley


Revelations by Black Women in the Arts–Theater at Clarice Smith, Mar 29, Online

Arts Citizenship Talk (ACTnow):
Revelations by Black Women in the Arts–Theater

Monday, March 29, 2021 . 5:30PM to 06:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Ronya-Lee Anderson M.F.A. dance ‘20 • Regional Dancer, Choreographer & Scholar
Ageyiwaa Asante ’18 • Playwright
Caroline Clay M.F.A. performance ’13 • Professional Actor, Dialect Coach & Teacher
Paige Hernandez ’02 • Multidisciplinary Artist, Director & Playwright

From themes of racial violence and cultural appropriation to multiculturalism and gender equality, the work of The Clarice’s 2020-21 artists is complex, provocative and deeply sensitive. Arts Citizenship Talks (ACTnow) are opportunities to hear from these artists about the issues reflected in their works. These conversations are an invitation to act now!

Revelations by Black Women in the Arts is a series of powerful conversations by Black woman scholars, performers, educators and leaders delves into the essence of being a Black female artist in a society ill-equipped to receive and make room for them. Whether they move along the margins or at the center of their fields, these extraordinary women will share their artistry, scholarship, vision and creativity throughout Spring 2021. These conversations will be centered around their highs and lows, victories and losses, and will be moderated by dancer, choreographer and scholar Ronya-Lee Anderson M.F.A. dance ‘20 and current Ph.D. candidate in the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Tickets: Free; No Tickets Required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Free Performance, Living Earth Show, Sarah Hennies, Terry Berlier, Andy Meyerson, Travis Andrews


Preview: Living Earth Show at Clarice Smith, Apr 13, Online

Artist Talk & 2021-22 Season Preview:
Living Earth Show,
Sarah Hennies & Terry Berlier

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, visiting artists Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews of Living Earth Show, composer Sarah Hennies and sculptor Terry Berlier will work with University of Maryland students to create sound and sculptural elements to be integrated into The Clarice’s commission for 2021-22 A Kind of Ache. Preview this open-source artmaking collaboration and learn more about their special creative process that weaves music, sculpture and LGBTQ+ issues into one artistic experience.

Tickets: Free; No Tickets Required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Free Performance, Living Earth Show, Sarah Hennies, Terry Berlier, Andy Meyerson, Travis Andrews


Preview: Far From the Norm at Clarice Smith, Apr 20, Online

Artist Talk & 2021-22 Season Preview:
Far From The Norm
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Award winning choreographer and Far From The Norm artistic director Botis Seva discusses the relevance and importance of his Olivier award-winning production BLKDOG. This hip-hop dance theatre work will be presented at The Clarice in the 2021-22 season and delves into cultural coping mechanisms that marginalized young Black British people adopt when responding to social injustice. Guided with intimate insights from the cast and creative team that nurtured BLKDOG from its inception, this preview will also feature excerpts from the work and from the digital series it inspired–Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.

Tickets: Free; No Tickets Required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Free Performance, Far From the Norm, Botis Seva, BLKDOG, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie



Archived Online Content


Maryland Opera Studio and Clarice Smith present Make Our Garden Grow on Youtube

Clarice Smith and
Maryland Opera Studio present

Make our Garden Grow
From Candide
By Leonard Bernstein

By: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Youtube. Click here.

Beginning June 26, 2020

School of Music opera singers virtually perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide.”
With their in-person performance for outgoing UMD President Wallace Loh canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, singers from the Maryland Opera Studio came together for a virtual farewell to thank him for ten years of support and patronage.

Video editing by David Andrews.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Youtube, Free Performance, Maryland Opera Studio, Make Our Garden Grow, Candide, Leonard Bernstein, David Andrews


Clarice Smith presents Homebound on Youtube

Clarice Smith presents
Homebound
RoundHouseTheatre

By: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Youtube. Click here.

College of Arts and Humanities | College Park Scholars-Arts Monday, June 29, 2020 12:00 am

Presented by Round House Theatre

Round House Theatre is bringing together DC-area playwrights, actors and designers (including College Park Scholars – Art director Harold Burgess II) for Homebound, an original web series that explores life under Stay-at-Home orders in the Nation’s Capital. These ten-minute episodes will air over ten weeks between April 27 and June 29.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Youtube, Free Performance, Round House Theatre, Homebound,


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End of Semester Showcase at Clarice Smith, Dec 14 at 6:00pm, Online

Presented By:
UMD School of Theatre Dance and Performance Studies

TDPS End of Semester Showcase
Monday, December 14, 2020 . 6 pm

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join us for our end-of-semester showcase featuring theatre and dance work.

Free, no tickets required. Online, register here

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, End of Semester Showcase, UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, Variety Show


Kreativity Open Mic Night at Clarice Smith, Dec 4 at 5:30pm, Online

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic

Fri, Oct 23, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Nov 6, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Dec 4, 2020 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Online.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end of the semester show, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Interested in learning more about Kreativity? Email kreativity.troupe@gmail.com and like them on Facebook!

Free, no tickets required. Online, here

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


First Fridays at Clarice Smith, Dec 4 at 5:30pm, Online

First Fridays
November 6 & December 4, 2020 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online.

Join us every first Friday of the month to share creative work at any stage of development.

First Fridays is a wonderful, intimate setting for ANYONE in TDPS to share their original dances, spoken word pieces, songs, 5-10 minute plays, costume/set/media/lighting design ideas, history/theory projects, etc.

Email Patrik Widrig at widrig@umd.edu if you would like to participate.

Free, no tickets required. Online, here

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, First Fridays, Patrik Widrig, Variety Show


Porte Parole presents The Assembly at Clarice Smith, Dec 5-7

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Porte Parole
The Assembly
December 5 – 7, 2019 . 8PM

Thu, Dec 5, 2019 . 8:00PM
Fri, Dec 6, 2019 . 8:00PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre, general admission.

The bitter polarization of the 2016 American presidential election inspired pioneering Montreal theater company Porte Parole to consider what may sound like a terrifying scenario—having a dinner party with four strangers of very different political persuasions and urging them to discuss their differences over wine. Would they listen? Would they get along? Could they be convinced to change? The Assembly re-creates that scenario, based on a conversation with very real participants, with divergent viewpoints, chosen directly from the University of Maryland community. The actors do their best to conjure those actual strangers and make the play feel like a real-time snapshot of our own very real divides. During the play, the audience is asked to participate, to take their own seat at the table and dig into topics about their community with their community. This is catalyzing art that asks a necessary but seemingly intractable question: how can we change the world without learning to break bread with our neighbors?

During the last two decades, Porte Parole has staged provocative, award-winning works about overseas labor outsourcing, water usage rights, power utilities, agricultural law and police brutality. Named for the French term for spokesperson, Porte Parole was founded by a playwright and actor who understands that the truth often takes on an impossibly amoeboid shape. To get at it, their documentary theater company uses a horde of research, from primary source materials to original interviews, to create plays that fully ponder the complexities of any topic, reflecting a subject’s subtleties the way a painting might capture something a photograph would have missed.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Porte Parole, The Assembly


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Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera New Work Reading at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Opera New Work Reading
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, February 14, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

The New Work Reading marks the premiere of the winning piece from the fourth annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio and The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program established the UMD Opera Composition Contest in 2016 as part of their ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that addresses socially relevant themes. Information about winning artists will be announced in the fall.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera New Work Reading, Free Performance


Kreativity Open Mic Night at Clarice Smith, May 13

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic

May 13, 2019. 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end of the semester show, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Interested in learning more about Kreativity? Email kreativity.troupe@gmail.com and like them on Facebook!

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Apr 7

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
April 7, 2018. 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for an open mic night, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Want to try out your own performance chops? Show up and sign up! Just looking for a night of entertainment from some of the most talented students in the metro area? Simply take a seat and enjoy the show.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 30, 12:30pm

Maryland Opera Studio presents:
Opera al Fresco

Thursday, April 30, 2020 . 12:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

Drop-in for some light opera. This audience favorite concert offers a casual preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s scene study performances in The Clarice’s expansive Grand Pavilion.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera al Fresco, Free Performance


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 7-8

Opera Scene Study
Maryland Opera Studio
May 7 – 8, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

First-year Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) students demonstrate their talent in this showcase featuring duet scenes from a wide operatic repertory. To keep the focus on beautiful, pure sounds and vivid acting, the performance is accompanied only by piano and minimal props.

MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from the classic repertoire to provocative new works, MOS is building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Scene Study, Free Performance


Weekday Players Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, May 8

Weekday Players Original Works Project

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 . 7:30 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Weekday Players proudly presents their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Weekday Players, Original Works Project, World Premiere, Free Performance


Peter and the Wolf at Clarice Smith, June 23

Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
by Sergei Prokofiev
National Orchestra Institute + Festival

Sunday, June 23, 2019 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

In this family-friendly performance, members of the National Orchestral Institute perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and give their own imaginative musical interpretations of beloved children’s books.

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen by a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice and in the community.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, National Orchestra Institute + Festival, Free Performance


Clarice Smith presents Vital Signs Showcase, Dec 7 at 5:30pm, Online

Vital Signs Showcase
Tariq Darrell O’Meally, moderator
Ines Donfack & Maya Lee
Sadia Alao
Stephen Lyons
Chidinma Opaigbeogu

Monday, December 7, 2020 • 5:30PM EST

By: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online.

Presented in partnership with the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UMD Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy and Black Terps Matter

In an effort to support student voice and action related to the Black Lives Matter movement, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion and UMD Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy in partnership with Black Terps Matter announced Vital Signs: Creative Arts for Black Lives Mini-Grants in Summer 2020. Grants have been awarded to artists in the UMD community who are creating projects that affirm Black life and vitality and interrogate white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

In this showcase moderated by BlackLight Summit director Tariq Darrell O’Meally, members of the first Vital Signs cohort will present excerpts of their Vital Signs works and discuss the intersection of their personal experiences with their art.

Free, No Tickets Required, Online here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Vimeo, Free Performance, Vital Signs Showcase, Black Terps Matter, Tariq Darrell O’Meally, Ines Donfack, Maya Lee, Sadia Alao, Stephen Lyons, Chidinma Opaigbeogu


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 6

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
UMD Treble Choir, UMD Men’s Chorus, University Chorale, Femmes de Chanson and MännerMusik

Friday, December 6, 2018 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Memorial Chapel

Five choirs, brass quintet and organ bring the joy of the season to life with carols, hymns and spoken word that epitomize hope and goodwill.

On the day of the performance, tickets will be available only at Memorial Chapel beginning at 7PM.

Led by Edward Maclary, the choral ensembles have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of choral experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras. In addition to this season’s on campus choral performances, the UMD Concert Choir participates in annual collaborations with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Last spring, the UMD Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets: Regular $20, Seniors: $15, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 9

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sunday, December 9, 2018 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre.

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Free, no tickets required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Muses, Original Works Project, Free performance, World Premiere


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