UMD Theatre, the production arm of the Department of Theatre, produces five plays and musicals during each academic year. Any current UMD student is invited to be involved in the productions, in the areas of acting, stage management, costumes and makeup, scenery and props, lighting and sound, box office/front of house operations, or running crews.
No experience is required; students can work as volunteers or have the option of taking academic credit that counts in Liberal Education category 10.
UMD Theatre also participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival program (KCACTF), a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country wherein theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. UMD has frequently been invited to present full productions at the annual regional festival and has had numerous students compete successfully in KCACTF's Irene Ryan acting scholarship competitions at both the regional and national levels.
Stage II is a student-run theatre organization that utilizes faculty advisors and UMD Department of Theatre facilities and equipment. It is dedicated to fostering production experience for students in all areas and producing excellent theatrical works. Unless otherwise noted, all Stage II performances are in the Dudley Experimental Theater.