Upcoming Events

  • April 24
    Re-opening Night, Shakespeare in Hollywood, 8:00 p.m., Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall. For reservations, call the Theater Box Office @ 240-895-4243 or email boxoffice@smcm.edu. cost: FREE with faculty, student, SMCM staff ID.
  • April 25-27
    Final three performances, Shakespeare in Hollywood, 8:00 p.m. evenings, 2:00 p.m. matinee, Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall. For reservations, call the Theater Box Office @ 240-895-4243 or email boxoffice@smcm.edu. cost: $.
  • May 2
    Last day of regularly scheduled classes.
  • May 7
    TFMS Night, 8:00 p.m., a celebration of students' work in theater, performance, and film/media, Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall. Free and open to the public.

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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.

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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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2013-2014 Season and Events


Seventh Annual TFMS Film Series: Toil & Trouble: The Reel History of Working Women

Weekly Monday evening screenings
September 9, October 7, & November 11 at 8:15 p.m.
Cole Cinema, Campus Center
Free and open to the public

Film series poster design by Drama Queen Graphics, http://dramaqueengraphics.com



Where do we find the history of women's work? Canadian documentary filmmakers Caroline Martel (“The Phantom of the Operator,” September 9) and Maya Gallus (”Dish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service,” October 7) and Academy Award-nominated U.S. filmmaker Connie Field (“The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter,” November 11) will present work that addresses the elusiveness of that history Film Series posterby making women's labor visible and documenting their behind-the-scenes struggle on behalf of the workforce and workers' rights. This year's SEVENTH ANNUAL FILM SERIES focuses untold and under-represented stories and gives voice to marginalized factions from feminist and labor histories.

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







Caroline Martel
Caroline MartelThe Phantom of the Operator / Le Fantôme de l'opératrice
Monday, September 9
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

Documentary artist Caroline Martel was born in Montréal the year that the cellular phone was created (1973). Since 1998, her work has synthesized documentary theory and practice in a variety of projects, with a special interest in archival materials, cinema history, and women and communication technologies.

Martel’s documentary Hold the Line / Dernier appel (2001), about the failed struggle of unionized Bell Canada operators to resist the outsourcing of their jobs, marked her professional filmmaking debut and served as one of the inspirations for The Phantom of the Operator (2004), her first feature-length production as an independent director-producer. Martel has authored online pieces for the International Festival of New Cinema and New Media of Montréal and for the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts. She also serves as programming coordinator at Studio XX, Montréal’s bilingual feminist artist-run center for technological exploration, creation, and critique.

With a B.A. in communications and M.A. in media studies from Concordia University in Montréal, Martel has collaborated with the Cinémathèque québécoise as the main researcher and writer of the virtual exhibit De Nanook à l’Oumigmag, which presents a history of documentary filmmaking in Canada. In 2002, she directed the production of the interactive workshop Documentary Visions at the Cinérobothèque of the National Film Board of Canada, about documentary movements at the NFB since 1939.

In her award-winning The Phantom of the Operator, Martel assembles more than 100 rarely seen industrial, advertising, and scientific management films produced in North America between 1903 and 1989 by Bell and Western Electric to create a montage documentary of a little-known chapter in labor history: the story of female telephone operators’ central place in the development of global communications technologies.

Check out: www.artifactproductions.ca

Maya Gallus
Maya GallusDish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service
Monday, October 7
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

Maya Gallus works as an independent film producer, director, and writer. Along with Justine Pimlott, she co-founded Toronto-based Red Queen Productions, which specializes in films about women, social issues (including those affecting the LGBT communities), culture, and the arts. Gallus and Pimlott have collaborated on a number of films, including the critically acclaimed six part documentary series, Punch like a Girl (2003), about amateur women’s boxing;  Girl Inside (2007), an extended portrait of a 23-year-old as she transitions from male to female with the help of her 80-year-old grandmother; The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche (2012), a portrait of one of the most famous, yet secretive writers of the early 20th century; and the forthcoming The Fruit Machine, a documentary about the rise of the early gay rights movement in Canada, told through the dramatic story of The Body Politic, one of Canada's first significant gay publications that played a prominent role in the development of the LGBT community in Canada.

Before co-founding Red Queen with Pimlott, Gallus worked independently as writer-director-producer of the critically acclaimed Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels  (1991), a lyrical documentary of celebrated Canadian poet Elizabeth Smart (author of the novel of prose poetry, “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”), and Erotica: A Journey into Female Sexuality (1997), a documentary that explores the ‘female gaze’ in erotica and pornography and that features Dominique Aury (a.k.a. Pauline Réage), the  author of Histoire d’O, as well as photographers Bettina Rheims and Phyllis Christopher, performance artist Annie Sprinkle, filmmaker Candida Royalle, and novelist Alina Reyes.

Why do women bring your food at local diners, while at high-end establishments waiters are almost always men? Dish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service (2010) answers this question by deconstructing waitressing and our collective fascination with its enduring popular icon, the female server. By taking us into the worlds of Toronto’s truck stop diners, Montréal’s topless “sexy restos,” a Parisian super-luxe restaurant, and Tokyo’s fantasy “maid bars,” former waitress Gallus offers an insider’s look at how gender, social standing, earning opportunities, and working conditions intersect in the food service industry. 

Check out: www.redqueenproductions.com

Connie Field
Connie FieldThe Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
Monday, November 11
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

Connie Field is a pioneering social documentary filmmaker. Many of her films focus on hidden histories, stories that have not been told before which should be an important part of our collective memories. They include: the forthcoming Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine, a documentary that explores cross cultural arts collaboration between African Americans and Palestinians; the Emmy award-winning Have You Heard from Johannesburg (2010), a seven part series chronicling the global movement against South Africa’s apartheid regime; ¡Salud! (2007), a documentary on Cuba’s role in the struggle for global health equity; and the Academy Award-nominated Freedom on My Mind (1994), which tells the history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Field’s work has been broadcast in over 30 countries, including Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Britain, Australia, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, and the U.S. She is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Grierson Award as most outstanding social documentarian, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Domestic. Shop girl. Waitress. Cook. Those were the jobs for women in the 1930s—when they could get work. Suddenly the United States' entry into World War II created an unprecedented demand for new workers.  Notions of what was proper work for women changed overnight. Thousands of posters and billboards appeared calling on women to "Do the Job He Left Behind." Rosie the Riveter was born—the symbol of working women during World War II. In the critically acclaimed, award-winning The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1981), Field tells the story of Rosie the Riveter through the women themselves—five former "Rosies" who recall their histories working in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco during the war. Their testimony is interwoven with rare archival recruitment films, stills, posters, ads, and music from the period which contrast their experiences with the popular legend and mythology of Rosie the Riveter. The film is listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress and was originally broadcast on The American Experience.

Check out: www.clarityfilms.org

The Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Seventh Annual TFMS Film Series: Lecture and Fine Arts of St. Mary's College of Maryland, the departments of political science and history, and the CDSA in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

The Container

by Clare Bayley
directed by Michael Ellis-Tolaydo

THE CONTAINER poster design by Drama Queen Graphics, http://dramaqueengraphics.com


Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
Oct. 24-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m., Oct. 27 & Nov. 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Join five immigrants from Africa and the Middle East as they desperately try to smuggle themselves into England inside a shipping container on a truck located somewhere in Europe. Four of the five characters have a simple goal and dream: to get to safety and begin a new life. The fifth is trying to reunite with his wife and child. What will they do to get what they want? Can they depend on each other to make it through safely during their harrowing journey? Is the traffiker who arranged transportation reliable? An award-winner at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the play premiered, THE CONTAINER tells a searing story of what drives five characters from their homelands and of their fears of an unknown future.

The Container posterPlease note: ALL performances of THE CONTAINER have SOLD OUT.

Waitlist: To be placed on a waitlist for any of the performances, contact the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243) or email boxoffice@smcm.edu. Unclaimed tickets will be released 10 minutes prior to each performance, at 6:50 p.m., 8:50 p.m., and 1:50 p.m. (for matinee performances). Ticket prices are $4 for faculty, students, SMCM staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6, general admission.





Encounters: A Performance of Spoken Word, Dance, and Music

conceived and directed by Leonard Cruz

ENCOUNTERS poster design by Drama Queen Graphics, http://dramaqueengraphics.com


Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
Feb. 26-March 1 at 8:00 p.m., March 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Conceived and directed by SMCM professor of dance/movement, Leonard Cruz, ENCOUNTERS will showcase students’ original collaborative dance-theater work, rooted in the ideas of community, authenticity, and truthful storytelling and expressed through spoken word, dance, and music. Born out of work undertaken by students in their fall 2013 advanced dance/movement class, ENCOUNTERS promises to be a highly original performance piece not to be missed! Opening on Wednesday, February 26, ENCOUNTERS performs through Sunday, March 2. Performance times are 8:00 p.m. for evening performances and 2:00 p.m. for the single matinee performance.

ENCOUNTERS posterReservations: To reserve tickets for ENCOUNTERS, contact the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243), or email boxoffice@smcm.edu. Ticket prices are $4 for faculty, students, SMCM staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6, general admission. Patrons must pick up their reserved tickets at the Box Office window by 7:50 p.m. for evening performances and by 1:50 p.m. for matinee performances; otherwise, unclaimed tickets will be released for sale.








Shakespeare in Hollywood

by Ken Ludwig
directed by Holly A. Blumner

SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD poster design by Drama Queen Graphics, http://dramaqueengraphics.com


Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
April 17-19 & 24-26 at 8:00 p.m., April 19 & 27 at 2:00 p.m.

It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of filmmaker Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, these two fictional characters are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp, which is silly, slapstick-y, and smart.

Shakespeare in Hollywood posterSays The Baltimore Sun: "Shakespeare in Hollywood is so deliciously inventive, you'd swear [playwright Ken] Ludwig and the Bard were in cahoots. At once poignant and funny, literary and farcical, sophisticated and silly, political and fanciful, high-brow and low-brow . . . A delight!" Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD had its world premiere in 2003 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and won the Helen Hayes award for Best New Play of the Year.

Reservations: To reserve tickets for SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD, contact the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243), or email boxoffice@smcm.edu. Ticket prices are $4 for students, faculty, SMCM staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6 general admission. Patrons must pick up their reserved tickets at the Box Office window by 7:50 p.m. for evening performances and by 1:50 p.m. for matinee performances; otherwise, unclaimed tickets will be released for sale.