Organizations

Season Selection Committee

The Season Selection Committee is a group of faculty, students, and staff that curate production seasons to enliven the intersections between the BA, MFA, and MA/PhD programs of study. The 2020-21 committee members include:  Alexa Lewis, Ani Mosity, Chelsea Masteller Warren, Christine Swartout, Dave Michaeli, Jacob Badovski, Jason Allyn-Schwerin, John Patterson, Kimberly Lawler, Kyra Rahn, Lisa Channer, Rachel Brees, Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, Sonja Kuftinec, and Talvin Wilks.

The UMTAD Arts Engagement Hub

For the 2020/2021 academic year, the Arts Engagement Hub will serve as a centralized gathering space for Theatre Arts and Dance faculty and students to promote, discuss, and deepen commitments to equity and action in our department. The Hub also seeks to engage with local theatre arts organizations and individuals to build a better network within our broader Minnesota theatre community.

Peer Advisors

Peer advisors are student voices and ears: they represent students to the faculty and vice versa. Selected through an application process, three peers represent each key area of the department as a whole—dance, BFA acting, and BA theater. Peers orient new students to the department, hold weekly office hours, attend faculty meetings, and communicate through the bi-weekly Backstage Pass newsletter and the peers Facebook page. Peers also develop and curate TADTalks around issues of interest to the student body and department and assist with all-departmental celebrations such as Frameworks, Winter Carnival, and Awards Day. 

The peers can be found in Room 81 in the Pit of Rarig Center, or emailed at peers@umn.edu.

Artists of Color Coalition

The Artists of Color Coalition (A.C.C.) is a group for students of color in UMTAD to have a safe space to discuss, explore, and celebrate the culture and diversity within the department.  It aims to gather and build community across different majors and help UMTAD’s students of color thrive. Throughout the year, the A.C.C. will be hosting numerous events and workshops with different BIPOC students in the department, artists in the Twin City area, alumni, and more!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram (@acc_umtad).​

USITT

Our club is for theatre technicians looking for support, networking opportunities, and resources that we may miss out on during the school year. Our club seeks to enrich our out of classroom experience. We accomplish this through our connections to the local and national theatre technical scene. With biweekly sessions, we hear from professionals in our field. We also have a bunch of fun and it is a great way to connect with other undergrad design and tech students.

WHO TO CONTACT: usittmn@umn.edu

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Reach out via social media: Facebook and Instagram

Student Dance Coalition

The Student Dance Coalition is a student run organization of dance majors, with the goal of creating student connections and empowering dance majors. This is done through events that are arranged to create and organize space for artistic collaboration. We also serve more broadly as representatives of the dance major student body, encouraging creative exchange on the University of Minnesota campus and communities beyond.

Email sdc@umn.edu for additional information.

Open Stage

Open Stage is a University of Minnesota organization run by students, for students to promote new and innovative theatrical work. Students are encouraged to express their ideas, offer their interpretation of pre-existing work, and especially submit new projects. Open Stage works to provide as many opportunities for students as possible, whether it be as an actor, designer, director, technician, writer, and more.

For additional information, email Open Stage at ostage@umn.edu, or like their facebook page for updates.

All students in our programs are highly encouraged to engage in depth with areas of study that interest them, even if we are not offering coursework in those areas. Students may select a faculty advisor, who will work with them to pursue their area of study while registering for course TH 3993 or TH 5993. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Mathew Lefebvre at lefeb001@umn.edu.