UMTAD Newsletter: January 27, 2021

Including UMTAD January Events
Photo of Marisol, by Jose Rivera. Photo by Dan Norman. Fall 2016.
'Marisol,' by Jose Rivera. Directed by Talvin Wilks, Fall 2016. Photo by Dan Norman.

Welcome to Spring 2021, UMTAD! 

We are glad to have you back and so proud of what the UMTAD community accomplished together last year. We remain committed to offering our students the richest experiences possible during this pandemic and are excited by a number of new initiatives and innovative alternatives to a traditional production season. This semester, we have several virtual events and productions to look out for, starting with our double-header on January 29th...

A reminder that our general inquiry emails are:
Reach out with any questions or concerns! We are here to support you in every way.

January Events

Join us on January 29th for FREE back-to-back virtual events from our theatre and dance programs! 

Jan. 29, 2 - 3:45PM CST | Book Launch: Ananya Chatterjea 
Jan. 29, 4 - 6PM CST | Shaking Up "the American Stage"



Join the University of Minnesota Dance Program for a celebratory virtual Book Launch event for Professor Ananya Chatterjea’s Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreographies, published by Palgrave McMillan as part of its New World Choreographies series in November 2020.

When: January 29, 2021 at 2pm - 3:45pm CST
Where: Virtual Event, UMTAD YouTube
Free to attend and open to the public.


Panelists include Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Thomas DeFrantz, Douglas Kearney, and Alessandra Williams.

Check out our website event page and Facebook event for more info.

Inquiries about Ananya Chatterjea's Book Launch can be sent to Andrea Reynolds at


Virtual panel discussion and interactive workshop

What happens to the American Stage when it is shaken to its core?
Join a panel of nationally renowned and local artists as they confront this question in Shaking Up "the American Stage." The interactive panel will be followed by break-out group discussions designed to reshape our collective theatrical future.

When: January 29, 2021 at 4pm - 6pm CST
Where: Virtual Zoom event.
Meeting link:
Free to attend and open to the public.

Moderated by Aaron Todd Douglas.
Panelists include Sarah Bellamy, Bill Rauch and Rhiana Yazzie.

Check out our website event page and Facebook event for more info.

Inquiries about Shaking Up "the American Stage" can be sent to Sonja Kuftinec at

Three Cheers for the Peers!

The UMTAD Peers (and student reps) have been spreading joy, sparking necessary conversations, and leading new initiatives through their newly developed podcast, The Peercast (new episodes out now!), their UMTAD Liquid Hours, and departmental Town Hall Meetings.

Thank you Rachel, Clara, Kyra, and Hunter and student Representatives for your amazing work this year! 

Join the Peers for LIQUID HOUR! 

Hang out, chat, & send virtual hugs
All UMTAD students, faculty and staff are welcome

Every other Friday from 6-6:30pm CST
Feb 5 (Valentine's Day activity <3), Feb 19, Mar 5, Mar 19, Apr 16, Apr 30
Meeting Link:

Don't forget to bring your favorite liquid!

Browse the Peers website at

COVID Corner

UMTAD's COVID-19 Plan can be viewed at Our reopening plan highlights procedures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allow for social distancing inside our buildings.

For more on University of Minnesota's response to COVID-19, visit

University of Minnesota Safe Campus
Please visit the Safe Campus website for University-wide news, resources for teaching and learning via alternative instruction, and archives of University system-wide messages.

College of Liberal Arts Neighborhood
Please visit the CLA Neighborhood for CLA-specific updates, info on the CLA COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, and archives of messages from Dean Coleman and the College of Liberal Arts.

COVID-19 Creative Resources

It is our priority to continue to assist students and community members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by providing opportunities to access and engage with the arts, and resources that are unique to those in the creative sector. Check out our compiled list of creative resources.

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