News & Programming

  • Joey Arias sitting and holding a microphone to their mouth.

    An evening with cabaret legend Joey Arias.

  • Pairs of participants hold hands and mimic each other in a studio.

    Participants work in pairs in a TDM Open Seminar workshop with dancers Brian Brooks and Wendy Whelan.

  • Annie Dorsen sits at a white table with her chin resting on her hand.

    Theater director Annie Dorsen gives an artist talk for Perspectives on Performance.

  • Students at four tables work with paper, glue, scissors, and markers to create a transformative project.

    Students work on a transformative art piece in a TDM Master Class with Machine Dazzle

  • Jonathan Gonzalez and participants sit in a circle on the floor.

    Interdisciplinary artist Jonathan Gonzalez leads an embodied workshop in a TDM Open Seminar.

  • Kate Brehm stands holding a green ball in front of participants, each holding a multicolored ball.

    Puppeteer Kate Brehm leads a TDM Master Class in performing with puppets.

A cornerstone of TDM’s mission is to provide concentrators and TDM students with direct exposure to leading artists in the fields of theater, dance and performance-based media. In addition to the Production Studios led by teams of professional artists, TDM hosts artist talks, workshops, class visits, small group discussions, and intimate performances. By attending these events, students learn about not only the ideas and aesthetics driving so much of contemporary performance, but also the nuts and bolts of how artists make their work and how they build careers in their respective fields.

Artist Talks, Master Classes, Workshops

These one-off events range from public talks and panel discussions to intimate, hands-on workshops with artists. Previous guests include costume designer Machine Dazzle, puppet artist Kate Brehm, playwrights Celine Song and Young Jean Lee, and cabaret legend Joey Arias. Open to the Harvard community.

Open Seminars

TDM Open Seminars opens up TDM's classrooms to the wider Harvard community for conversations with guest artists and speakers in intimate settings. Past guests have included writer and director Tina Satter to Live Art from Archival Sources: Devised Theater Workshop (TDM 161), interdisciplinary artist Jonathan Gonzalez to Playwriting: Intersecting Americas (TDM 165H), and dancers Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks to Art and Empathy (TDM 182A). Open to the Harvard community.

Perspectives on Performance

Perspectives on Performance is a series that invites prominent artists and academics working at the edges of their disciplines to speak about their work in and on interdisciplinary performance. Past talks have included playwright Annie Dorsen on algorithmic theater; poet Patricia Lockwood on the communal mind; performance artist Narcissister on the body in performance; and documentarian Alison S.M. Kobayashi on archival performance. Open to all.

Career Chats

Students learn from recent graduates or seasoned professionals about how to navigate careers in theater, dance, and media. Past topics have included audition techniques, graduate programs, working in different cities, and sustaining your career by diversifying your income. Open to Harvard students.

BIPOC Play Discussion Group

TDM’s BIPOC Play Discussion Group meets once a month to discuss plays by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color playwrights, whose works are all too often left off of the syllabi at institutions of higher education. Plays are available through the New Play Exchange, accessible with HarvardKey. Past play discussions have included works by Larissa FastHorse, Jordan E. Cooper, and Octavio Solis. Open to Harvard students and faculty.

Spring 2022 Schedule
Friday, February 25 @ 2pm: A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekar
Friday, March 25 @ 2pm: BABA by Denmo Ibrahim

Copies of the script are available on the New Play Exchange website. HOLLIS provides free access to the New Play Exchange script database with your HarvardKey.

Visiting Dance Innovators Program

The Visiting Dance Innovators Program (VDIP), co-presented by Theater, Dance & Media and Harvard Dance Center, brings exemplary dance artists and scholars to campus for a multi-pronged engagement around the expansive innovations in Dance Studies, embodied research, and artistic methods of practice. VDIP builds bridges for university partnerships creating cross-disciplinary connections, illuminating the relevance of Dance Studies.

On campus activities include a movement-based workshop in the artist’s practice and methodologies, an artist-led conversation, and a visit to curricular course(s). The program also includes a virtual panel discussion bringing together all VDIP artists, led by Theater, Dance & Media faculty and Interim Head of Dance Laura Rodriguez (LROD), fostering reflection, continued dialogue, and shared narratives between communities.

The Visiting Dance Innovators Program is funded by The Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities with additional support from the Office for the Arts at Harvard, and Theater, Dance & Media.

Spring 2022 VDIP Artists
Wideman Davis Dance
In partnership with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis of Wideman Davis Dance, a Black man and woman hold hands at waist level in mid-movement, shoulder-to-shoulder facing the camera.
Photography by Thomas Brenner. 

Gerard & Kelly 
In partnership with the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly at the Villa Savoye; two White men pose casually in a building with contemporary architecture.
Photography by Barrère & Simon.

The Spring 2022 Visiting Dance Innovators Program engagements are in partnership with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.