Upcoming Events

  • September 4
    TFMS Open House, 7:30-8:30 p.m.+, Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Come enjoy the party! Mandatory for declared and intended TFMS majors.
  • September 9-10
    Auditions, Much Ado About Nothing, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Contact the director, Michael Ellis-Tolaydo, for information.
  • September 22
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing"), 8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public. 
  • October 20
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Lynne Sachs ("Your Day Is My Night"), 8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public.
  • October 30-31
    Performances of "Falling Man, a dance-art project," with Leonard Cruz & Caitie Sullivan, 8:00 p.m. (Oct. 30) & 4:30 p.m. (Oct. 31), Boyden Gallery, MH. Free and open to the public.


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Season and Events

Box Office

For Reservations:
240-895-4243 or e-mail boxoffice@smcm.edu
Box Office Manager:
Leigh Callahan
Allison Wengler

For our assisted hearing patrons: The Bruce Davis Theater is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you would like assistance, please ask one of the Box Office managers for a receiver when you pick up and pay for your tickets. Students who require a receiver will be asked to leave their student ID at the Box Office until the receiver is returned; non-students will be asked to leave their driver's license.

TFMS Alumni
Where Are They Now?

Megan Rippey

Megan Rippey (class of 2008, B.A. women, gender, and sexuality studies, minor in theater studies) recently completed her M.F.A. in acting at the California Institute of the Arts (class of 2013).


Site maintained by:
Mark A. Rhoda
For comments about this site or suggestions for its improvement, contact: marhoda@smcm.edu

A. Lorraine RobinsonWhen I graduated from St. Mary's as a theater major, I realized I had received not just a degree, but a true education. The department not only gave me a foundation in the theory and practice of my craft, but most importantly an opportunity to ignite as an artist and to develop a style and interest in challenging theatrical material, which led me on fascinating journeys after I left the school. 

A. Lorraine Robinson, '92, director of faculty and education, Sitar Arts Center, Washington, D.C.; co-founder and -producer, MuseFire Productions, a multimedia production company incorporating both stage and screen media, Washington, D.C.; freelance director.

Featured Events

The Act of Killing posterOscar-nominated THE ACT OF KILLING opens the Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series. September 22, 8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. 

A film that thrust director Joshua Oppenheimer into the international spotlight when it was first released, “The Act of Killing” (2012) offers a chilling account of the mid-1960s genocide in Suharto-era Indonesia in which key participants, who are still alive and admitted cinephiles all, reenact their most grisly crimes for the camera in the style of their favorite movies — the gangster-flicks, Westerns, war movies, and musicals which they adore. It is, Peter Bradshaw of the UK’s The Guardian writes, “a remarkable and at times unwatchably explicit film.”

Honored with a Guardian Film Award for Best Picture of 2013; a BAFTA, European Film Award, and Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Documentary; and in the U.S., an Oscar, Directors Guild of America Award, and Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature, “The Act of Killing” has been hailed as “a masterpiece . . . a major achievement” by Village Voice and “timeless” by Los Angeles Times

UPCOMING film series screening: “Your Day Is My Night,” by Lynne Sachs, October 20, 8:15 p.m.

Please note: The screening schedule and filmmakers' participation are subject to change. All screenings for the series take place in Cole Cinema, Campus Center, on the SMCM campus, and are free and open to the public.


Kudos To TFMS faculty members David Ellsworth for a productive sabbatical! Welcome back, Dave!; to Holly A. Blumner for volunteering to serve in the United States Peace Corps in the Philippines, 2014-2016.

To former TFMS students Paul Takacs (theater, '04) for his stellar notice in The New York Times for his direction of Jon Fosse's "I Am the Wind" at 59E59 Theaters, Hannah Sturm (theater, '14), recipient of the 2014 Arts Alliance Award for Theater Excellence, and Ebony Squire ('14), recipient of the 2014 Torre M. Meringolo Theater Award (for outstanding work as a stage performer); and to current TFMS student Dylan Hadfield ('15), recipient of the 2014 Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in Film and Media Studies. Congrats to all!

Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies, 2013
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