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.

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:

Dreaming Zenzile at Clarice Smith, Aug 20, 4pm

Creation Residency 2017-18: Somi
Dreaming Zenzile (Work-in Progress)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 . 4 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, General Admission, Free

Dreaming Zenzile is a modern jazz play based on the extraordinary life of late South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba. Written by vocalist & songwriter Somi, the play features both original music and reinterpretations of Makeba’s popular repertoire through the modern jazz idiom and small ensemble arrangements.

Dreaming Zenzile is set in Castel Volturno, Italy on the night of Makeba’s final performance. Somi performs the role of Miriam Makeba. Framed as a meta-performance, Makeba moves between the memory and evocation of real and dreamed experiences about her life journey.

This project is largely inspired by Somi’s recurring dreams of being in conversation with Makeba that Somi began having after the loss of her father. During those conversations, Makeba would try to explain life choices Somi made as a professional artist to her father despite what he might have traditionally expected of Somi as an African woman by using Makeba’s own life in America as an example he might better understand. The piece, therefore, is a reflection on both Makeba’s biography and of those dreamed conversations. The word “Zenzile” is actually Makeba’s true first name, which means “you have done it to yourself” in her native language of Xhosa. In short, this work is meant to be an exposition of the burdens and freedoms that accompany the gift of song.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Dreaming Zenzile, Somi, Miram Makeba, Free


Kreativity Open Mic at Clarice Smith, TBD

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic Night
TBD. 7:30PM

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.

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 End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Dec 7

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
December 7, 2016. 7:30PM

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


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