William Payne

The UMD School of Fine Arts Dean Bill Payne talks with us about the Theatre Department's current production of teh Scott McPherson play Marvin's Room, a comedy of family connections.  Payne, the show's director, shares with us that the way it deals with the theme of caring for a bedridden parent are very relatable to a wide audience, as dealing with illness and loss are universally experience

The formula: 6 playwrights, 6 directors, 24 actors, and 1 musical guest create six new short plays in the course of a single day — and perform them in front of a live audience that night. The result: The 24 Hour Plays.

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What do you get when you combine a university with the military?  Red tape: that's what you get.

Diversity on the UMD campus isn't limited to students of different races or backgrounds; it's home to a variety of non-traditional students including veterans and active-duty military.

The recent Veteran's Forum gave military students and UMD the chance to talk about efforts the U is making to improve the college experience for those students.