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.F

Fall 2021 Schedule
Friday, September 17 @ 2pm: Pure Native by Vickie Ramirez
Friday, October 15 @ 2pm: FLEX by Candrice Jones

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.