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"), 7:15 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.


2014 - 2015
Season and Events

Box Office

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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).


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TFMS Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Paul Takacs

Paul Takacs (class of 2004, B.A. theater studies, www.paultakacsdirector.com) is the founding artistic director of THE SHOP and most recently directed the U.S. premieres of Jon Fosse's "I Am the Wind" (see Ben Brantley's review here) and Philip Ridley's "Tender Napalm" at 59E59 Theaters in New York. His work has been seen at New York University; The Samuel French New Play Festival; The Red Room, NYC; The Cell Theatre, NYC; The New School for Drama, NYC; Theatre of the First Amendment, VA; and in Washington, D.C., at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Theatre Alliance, Spooky Action Theatre, and Washington Shakespeare Company. Paul has worked on new plays with John Strand, Heather Lynn MacDonald, and Judith Goudsmit, to name a few. In addition to his B.A. in theater, Paul holds an M.F.A. in directing from The New School for Drama, and has taught at SMCM as well as for Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.; he currently serves on the faculty at the Stella Adler Studio in NYC.

While at SMCM, Paul directed the White Room production of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters," appeared as Don Armado in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and as Agamemnon in Aeschylus's Agamemnon, and crafted a new translation/adaptation of Frank Wedekind's "Spring Awakening" for his St. Mary's Project. ("Spring Awakening" subsequently received a stage reading in the Kennedy Center's 2007 Page to Stage Festival.)

Emily Sillcox

Emily Sillcox (class of 2012, B.A. film and media studies, double minor in biology and environmental studies) was the recipient of the 2012 Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in Film and Media Studies. Currently an M.F.A. student in the graduate program in science and natural history filmmaking in the school of film and photography at Montana State University, Emily first combined her interest in the sciences with her passion for filmmaking when she interned at the National Wildlife Federation in Reston, VA in the summer of 2010. A year later as a summertime independent project, she produced a short documentary film, “The Importance of Being an Oyster,” about the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program for the local St. Mary's River Watershed Association. For her senior-year St. Mary's Project, Emily produced “A Living Museum,” a 13-minute documentary about the historical recreation ship, the Maryland Dove, which is moored in Historic St. Mary’s City, MD, and her crew. In her spare time, Emily loves to dance and to create her own choreography; even while a student at SMCM, she taught classes at local dance studios!

Judy Sellner

Judy Sellner (class of 2009, B.A. film and media studies and sociology/anthropology, minors in theater studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies) holds an M.A. in International Media from American University, a dual program in both the School of Communication and the School of International Service. A former contract video producer for the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that provides aid to Latin America and the Caribbean, and for their affiliate, the Organization of American States, she has shot video for PADF in Haiti, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Dominican Republic. She currently works as an intern DVD developer at Acorn Media Group, a company that specializes in distributing British television on DVD in the U.S., and as house manager at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.

Judy was a two-time recipient of the Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in Film and Media Studies (2008, 2009) at SMCM for her classroom and studio work, and was an accomplished stage performer during her time at the college.

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis (class of 2009, B.A. theater studies, minor in film and media studies) is currently completing his M.F.A. thesis film in film production at American University. He is also active in the educational theater circle in the Washington, D.C. metro area, working primarily with Round House Theatre.

Since graduation, Adam has worked as an actor, educator, and an acting educator with a number of different theater groups and schools in the D.C. area as well as a half-year stint in Americorps.

Adam misses his time at St. Mary's and encourages students to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge offered by the amazing faculty of the TFMS department!

Ian Prince

Ian Prince (class of 2010, B.A. double major in theater studies and English, minor in film and media studies) currently teaches in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program in Imaharishi, Ehime, Japan. A student and scholar of traditional Japanese theater, Ian first studied classical kyôgen theater in Kyoto, Japan in the summer of 2008 through a Freeman ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Grant. His contemporary kyôgen-style play, "The Healing Drink," which he co-directed for the main stage, was subsequently published in The Wittenberg University East Asian Studies Journal. For his St. Mary’s Project, Ian wrote another play, the Noh-inspired "Gekkōmatsu" ("The Moonlight Pine"), which he directed, designed, and performed in; he even carved from wood the traditional Noh theater mask that he wore in performance. Ian was the recipient of the 2010 Arts Alliance Award for Theater Excellence. He intends to re-locate to Chicago and hook up again with film/media graduate, Dan Glassberg, who is currently studying with Second City there, after he completes his two-year teaching gig in Ehime. 

Josh Bristol

Josh Bristol (class of 2008, B.A. theater studies, minor in philosophy) is a freelance director, actor, stage manager, techie, and farmer who takes whatever opportunities he can make come his way. He was recently a carpenter with the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, and had a stint as assistant technical director at the Folger Theater of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Currently, he runs the Bristol Farm Market of the Bristoil Family Farm in Canton, CT.

Since graduating from SMCM, Josh has performed at Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Arlington, VA and became a company member of The Shakespeare Factory Players in Sykesville, MD. In addition, he has directed several well-received plays in Baltimore and Annapolis and has acted regionally in D.C., Baltimore, and Virginia.

While at SMCM, Josh was an avid performer and director. He acted in several main stage shows, including The Serpent, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Balcony, and with the world-famous Bread and Puppet Theater during its residency in fall 2008. He directed several shows for the student-run performance space, The White Room, for which he served as president, and on the main stage, for which he produced his St. Mary's Project in theater, Eric Bogosian's subUrbia, for the 2008-2009 theater season.

D. Grant Cloyd

D. Grant Cloyd (class of 2008, B.A. theater studies, minor in film and media studies) is currently an M.F.A. student in the graduate program in Acting at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Since graduating from SMCM, he has worked with numerous theater companies in and around the Washington, D.C. area, including Rep Stage, Source Theatre Festival, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Venus Theatre, 1st Stage, Spooky Action Theater, Synetic Family Theatre, Wandering Souls Faction of Fools, and The Washington Rogues, of which he is a company member. He has recently performed a one-person show in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Maryland about the life of immigrant artist Saul Bernstein. Grant has been seen in television commercials, independent short films, industrials, and print work, and has additional training from David Mamet's Atlantic Acting School.

Adam J. Sincell

Adam J. Sincell (class of 2008, B.A. English, minor in film and media studies) holds an M.A. in Film and Electronic Media from American University. While a grad student, Adam was a teaching assistant in video editing, darkroom and digital photography, and visual literacy. A freelance photographer and videographer for Patch.com (an AOL affiliate), he was crowd liaison at the Holliday Theatre for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. During his graduate career Adam wrote and directed several short films (www.youtube.com/user/ajsincell). In his spare time, he writes, acts, sings, arranges music, and studies Buddhism.

Molly Hubbs

Molly Hubbs (class of 2007, B.A. film and media studies, minors in French language and culture; women, gender, and sexuality studies; African and African diaspora studies) earned an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts in 2009. Following graduate school, Molly returned to the D.C. area and is now coordinating assistant for the D.C. International Film Festival (Filmfest DC) and Arabian Sights Film Festival. In 2011, she joined the board of directors of the Washington, D.C. Film Alliance (dcfilm.org). Molly is also the visual media collections coordinator at American University in Washington, D.C.

Molly was the first recipient of the Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in Film and Media Studies at SMCM for her classroom and scholarly work, including for her SMP thesis on Latin American Revolutionary Cinema.

Aaron Brussat

Aaron Brussat (class of 2007, B.A. film and media studies) trekked across country with his girlfriend Liz Lawrence (class of 2008, B.A. art and art history) before putting down roots in the Eugene, OR area. A self-proclaimed “graduate student” in the “School of Hard Blocks” and self-degreed “Doctor of Legology,” Aaron was the second recipient of the Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in Film and Media Studies at SMCM for his classroom and studio work, including for his St. Mary's Project, the short experimental film, synthesthesia. Currently working with brewer-vintners specializing in craft beer from around the world, Aaron is having a blast enjoying Oregon life. He also brews his own mean beer!

Graham Pilato

Graham Pilato (class of 2004, B.A. theater) is currently an M.F.A. student in the graduate program in Acting at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. A working professional actor in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metro area, Graham was an active member of the then-Dramatic Arts department and the student-run White Room while at St. Mary’s, and was a long-serving member of Take One! Improv (prefiguring his current clowning and commedia dell'arte work).

After graduation, Graham first substitute taught in the St. Mary’s County public schools, then began teaching full-time at Great Mills High School (2005-2007). Finding teaching to be more full of inherent failure and rejection than an acting career could possibly be, he moved on, vowing still to return to grad school one day and then teach again.

When Graham left public school teaching, he joined the community of professional theatre artists in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro area as an actor, producer, critic, and clown. Since fall 2008, he has worked continuously as an actor, performing with various area companies, including: Faction of Fools (D.C.'s commedia dell'arte theater company), with whom he is an associate artist; the legendary (now defunct) Baltimore Shakespeare Festival; Bay Theatre in Annapolis; Constellation Theatre; WSC Avant Bard; the Maryland Renaissance Festival; the Washington Revels; Happenstance Theater; American Century Theater; Molotov Theatre; Fells Point Corner Theater; Mobtown Players; and the Theatrical Mining Company. He is a regular performer at D.C.'s Clown Cabaret in his character of Nebbishy Neville. He and SMCM alum Allison M. C. Clapp have also collaborated to co-found an environmental and interactive theatre company, Cloudism, which premiered in D.C. with the 2011 Capital Fringe production of "cloudism". Graham is also a critic with Maryland Theatre Guide, and has appeared in several short films.

Ben Wyskida

Ben Wyskida (class of 1999, B.A. as an independent student designed major in media and performance studies--combining theater, film and media studies, anthropology/sociology, and English; minor in environmental studies) is senior vice president in the National Issue Advocacy Practice of BerlinRosen, New York office. Recently, he was communications executive for The Atlantic Philanthropies, a $2.5b private foundation for which he directed communications and media strategies for national advocacy grantees on health care issues, social security, and education. Prior to his gig at Atlantic, Ben was director of publicity and new media for The Nation Magazine and communications director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. A writer and regular contributor to The Nation, HuffingtonPost.com, Mother Jones, Alternet, and a range of progressive media outlets, Ben is also co-founder and editor of the politics and culture blog, PinkoMag.com. While at SMCM, Ben was active in the theater program as a performer ("Widows," "Angels in America: Part I: Millennium Approaches") and director (Jose Rivera's "Marisol," an St. Mary's Project in repertory with Aristophanes's "Lysistrata").

Coya Paz

Coya Paz Brownrigg (class of 1997, B.A. theater) co-founded the internationally acclaimed all-Latina performance group, Teatro Luna, in 2000 and served as its co-artistic director until 2009. Coya holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University. A director, playwright, performer, poet, and scholar, Coya is currently on the full-time faculty at The Theater School at DePaul University and artistic director of Free Street Theatre. Twice in residency at SMCM with Teatro Luna, performing "Generic Latina" for the Fourth Annual Women Studies Colloquium (2003), and "S-E-X-Oh!" as part of the 2006-2007 TFMS main stage season, Coya continues her association with Teatro Luna and has recently co-founded Proyecto Latina and is director-in-residence for the Poetry Performance Incubator at the Guild Complex. Coya's scholarly work on Latina performance, Latina/o identities, and public violence has appeared in the Oxford University Encyclopedia of Latino/as in the United States and in California History Magazine. Her artistic work has been profiled in The New York Times, American Theatre magazine, Theater Journal, and The Chicago Tribune, among others.

Kurt Heinlein

Kurt Heinlein (class of 1992, B.A. theater) earned his M.F.A. in Acting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) and Ph.D. in Environmental/Social Theater from Louisiana State University. Currently, Kurt is associate professor and coordinator of the BFA Professional Actor Training Program at Missouri State University. His professional affiliations include SAG, AEA, AFTRA, ATME, FDC, and SAFD. A published scholar on environmental theater, Kurt has written Green Theatre: Promoting Ecological Preservation and Advancing the Sustainability of Humanity and Nature (2008) and Koko and the Performance of 'Conservationism' (2005). He is also the author of "Evangeline Drowning" (2010), a play about the wetlands territories of the Southeast Louisiana region pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina.