Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 05:00PM

The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida

TDPS presents William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, Feb. 12-20


In this re-imagining of the classic love tale of Troilus and Cressida, the scene is shifted from the Trojan war to a modern-day setting where students are cast as icons interacting in a homecoming atmosphere where everything is about TONIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT.

Learn more about Shakespeare's life, work, and world through these selected materials, available in the collections of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. For items held in the paged collections room, please ask at the circulation desk.

BBC Television Shakespeare Plays
Accessible online through the UMD Libraries:
Great news for fans of streaming media! Through the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, the UMD community has access to digital recordings of all 37 Shakespearean plays produced by the British Broadcasting Company. Accessible 24/7 from anywhere in the world with a valid UMD Directory ID and password, these traditional interpretations are set in either Shakespeare's time or in the period of the events depicted. Each recording been enhanced for high definition online streaming and is available to view with captioning. Our digital collections also include over two million tracks of classical, jazz and world music, and over 1500 hours of masterclass, dance and opera video from Naxos Music Library,, Met Opera On Demand, Classical Music Library, Opera in Video, Dance in Video, Contemporary World Music and more. Log onto and start searching our digital collections today!

In Search of Shakespeare – PBS, Royal Shakespeare Company; Michael Wood, host, Gregory Doran, director
Call Number:  MDVD 570 (Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Paged Collections Room)

Shakespeare Uncovered – PBS, Richard Denton, Nicola Stockley, Janice Sutherland and John Holdsworth, directors
Call Number:  MDVD 578 (Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Paged Collections Room)
Shakespeare’s life and plays have fascinated audiences for over four hundred years, and these documentaries bring the story of the Bard and the tales he spun to life. In Search of Shakespeare, a collaboration between PBS and the Royal Shakespeare Company, explores his politics, loves, career and of course, his plays. Shakespeare Uncovered brings together six conversations with leading interpreters and directors, including David Tennant, Jeremy Irons, Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson, Derek Jacobi and Trevor Nunn to discuss their experiences with Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth and more. Both of these films are available to view at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and may be checked out for up to seven days with a valid UMD ID.

Don't miss our our other Shakespeare-related holdings, including many recordings of performances held in the Washington DC-metro aria: 

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will – Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Michelle Schupe, director; Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)
Call Number:  WAP 0629, vol. 1 and 2

Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library – Paged Collections Room 
In this live performance Twelfth Night, the Taffety Punk Theatre Company takes the action of Shakespeare’s classic to an underwater shipwreck and puts a modern twist on a classic tale. The recording of this production is part of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive and is available to all, including the public, any time at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. WAPAVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting theatre and performing arts in the DC region. Please visit for more information.