The  TEDx events on Saturday will be exciting. We haven’t had this event here since 2015 and it has proven to be just as popular, with two sold out shows! Here is what it’s all about:


This event will feature 16 live presentations and several videos designed to unleash and inspire new ideas and promote innovative thinking. Presenters include ND undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and South Bend community members. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, the TED organization has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUND, where the “x” designates an independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUND event, TEDTALKS videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection amongst the Notre Dame community. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organized. 

*Note to everyone working the events, the house will be open for 1 hour prior and the shift start time reflects that. There you have it. Enjoy!


CENTER HIGHLIGHT: ND Day is back on April 22nd-23rd!

Again DPAC is taking part in Notre Dame Day, a fundraising event that helps raise money for the University and, more importantly, for DPAC! But this year we have the added bonus of having a major event on our stage with cast members from Chicago’s production of Hamilton, along with Chloe Agnew. As this is an ND Day broadcast, it will go out live on the ND Day website to anyone who wishes to see it. The live feed will have the performances here and alternate with videos and speakers at other venues. The list of all of the ND day events is here:

Please note that if you are interested in attending, the DPAC Ticket Office will be distributing (free!) tickets starting at 12:00 PM on Monday (April 23rd). We’re not sure how much of a line we’re expecting, but last year’s Hamilton event that was in Washington Hall sold out very quickly.

ND day officially starts April 22nd at 6:42 PM (You know the drill- 6:42 PM is 18:42 in military time and 1842 is the year the University was founded…of course!). When you donate $10, you get 5 votes. You can use these votes to vote for any of the scores of campus groups participating, but ideally, you place all 5 votes for DPAC, as the more votes we receive, the bigger percentage we get of the $1,100,000 challenge fund!

Your involvement and support are encouraged. Feel free to share our campaign page with any friends or family and they too can support us on April 22nd-23rd. We’re looking forward to ND Day donations to help support the Center and having this major event on our stage will also raise our exposure, which is nice!

Here is the link to our ND Day page:

Please give if you’d like. Thank you very much!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: FTT’s Spring Awakening!


We have many spots available for the run of this award-winning musical. Last week we hosted the musical’s composer Duncan Sheik for an enlightening talk in the Decio. In case you missed it, here’s a little more info on this upcoming production from FTT:


The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, April 18-22. Based on the 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, Sater and Sheik’s alt-rock musical won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2007. 

Pulsing with adolescent angst and repressed sexuality, Spring Awakening presents an oppressive culture in which youthful ignorance is cultivated and enforced by parents and institutions alike. Denied any accurate information about sex, these adolescents are forced to figure it out on their own, with disastrous results.

As this is a controversial musical and in response to the many issues surrounding this production, FTT will host a pre-show panel discussion on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm. 

There you have it. Ushers please note that this production includes much mature content. Hopefully I can handle it!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT 1: Show Some Skin Next Week!

Show Some Skin is a very popular event held on campus every year. It hasn’t been at DPAC for a few years, but has returned and all three shows are sold out. For those of you not familiar with the show, you may be wondering, what is this all about? Let’s find out:


Show Some Skin is a student-led production that strives to appreciate Notre Dame’s true diversity and be a catalyst for positive change on our campus. Show Some Skin is a performance of monologues, written and submitted anonymously by members of the Notre Dame community, that gives voice to unspoken stories about identity and difference. This year, we are building on our past successes to present a show that captures the wide range of perspectives, experiences, and emotions that was 2017. We asked writers to “Try Us,” to be brave and share the parts of themselves that they feared nobody would understand—and they did not disappoint. The actors and production team worked hard to create a performance that respectfully shares the anonymous submissions about individuals’ experiences through the art of personal storytelling and performance. 

CENTER HIGHLIGHT 2: Native Gardens Starts Next Week Too…and at the Same Time!

The two week run of FTT’s Spring Play starts on Thursday in the Philbin. Yes, the start times will be the same as Show Some Skin for the first few evenings, so we’ll have a lot of traffic going through the building. We can handle it! Here is some info on Native Gardens:


The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces Karen Zacarías’ Native Gardens, a good-natured comedy about new neighbors, border walls, and what it means to be American, in the Philbin Studio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, February 22 – March 4.

 Pablo and Tania, a young Latinx power couple, just bought a fixer-upper in an historic Washington, D.C. neighborhood. They’re welcomed warmly by their new next door neighbors, Frank and Virginia, an older white couple who happily anticipate improvements to the unkempt yard next door. But soon the couples are embroiled in a dispute over their backyard property line that threatens to uproot Frank’s meticulously cultivated garden and forces both sides to confront deeply ingrained notions of race, class, and privilege. Whether wielding a chainsaw or chaining their own bodies to a tree, each couple soon reveals how far they’ll go to defend their territory.

 Commissioned and first produced in 2016 by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Native Gardens has since swept across the country, with recent productions in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Orlando, San Diego, and Houston.

 “There’s something both recognizable and hilarious,” says director Kevin Dreyer, “about the inherent awkwardness of the situation, the self-conscious interactions of strangers trying to be friends, which at times ratchets up to the level of slapstick.”

 “Native Gardens deals with some divisive political issues,” says Dreyer, “but ultimately the play finds a pathway to common ground through gentle humor and the shared humanity of its characters. In that sense, it’s a breath of fresh air. And don’t we all need a little more of that these days?”

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: ScreenPeace Film Festival 2018






This weekend brings the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies’ annual ScreenPeace Film Festival. Over the next three days we will be presenting five critically acclaimed films that deal with a wide range of issues from around the globe. It kicks off tonight at 6:30 PM. For more info please check out the University’s press release:

ScreenPeace Film Festival showcases peace building in action

 This weekend, the ScreenPeace Film Festival will explore strategic peace building around the world through five free film screenings, running Friday-Sunday (Feb. 9-11) at the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the University of Notre Dame campus. The festival is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

 The annual festival will showcase five recent, critically acclaimed films that present compelling models of peace building in the face of injustice or violent conflict. The films and their subjects span the globe, featuring stories from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Guatemala, Greece and Iraq, among others, and address wide-ranging themes including human displacement, migration and immigration; indigenous movements for justice; former combatants speaking out for peace; politics and peace building; gender, race and movements for justice; and more. 

 This year’s films were selected by a six-person committee chaired by Patrick Regan, professor of political science and peace studies. Regan was joined by Jennifer Betz, assistant director of the master’s program at the Kroc Institute; Richard Herbst, cinema program director for the DeBartolo Center; Olivier Morel, assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures and film, television and theater at Notre Dame; and two Notre Dame students, John Haley and Eric Ways. 

 Each film will be introduced by a Notre Dame faculty member, and two of the screenings will feature a special event to promote further conversation about the film’s themes. On Saturday (Feb. 10), following the film “Disturbing the Peace,” which profiles the role of former combatants and soldiers in advocating for peace around the world, David Cortright, director of policy studies and the Peace Accords Matrix project at the Kroc Institute, will facilitate a Skype conversation with American Friends of Combatants for Peace board member Nizar Farsakh and Combatants for Peace co-founder Elik Elhanan. 

 On Sunday (Feb. 11), “Human Flow,” a film exploring themes of human displacement and migration around the world, will be followed by a panel conversation facilitated by Regan and featuring Kevin Appleby, senior director of international migration policy for the Center for Migration Studies; Lisa Koop, associate director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center; and Yidi Wu, assistant professor of history at Saint Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana. 

 Please click each link for more info on the films: