Paul Tschirgi – Visual Arts ’15 has been busy since graduating Spring 2015 from UMBC. He was immediately hired by Autodesk a big 3D animation company based on his portfolio of projects from college. After saving money from working there for 6 months Paul spent the next year finishing his biggest project ever: Deliverance.
It’s a fun game for phones and tablets that also had a deep cinematic story about a humorous main character who delivers pizza for a living. He successfully released the game on the App store and Google Play store continuing his dream to start his own game company and make experiences with powerful and important characters and stories.
His next big goal is to work in virtual reality and bring a cinematic experience to eye level with the millions of people that play games for more hours in their lives than they spend doing anything else. He’s currently saving money so that he can create a virtual reality experience set in a physical warehouse space where you can reach out and touch the imaginary environment and objects he makes to tell a story in what he thinks will be the most powerful artistic medium for a person to explore.
In the meantime he is now working at a tech company where he is designing animated presentations about what self driving cars will be able to do to improve people’s lives and safety. Paul is having a great time, feeling like he was able to transition from college to the working world not just as someone with the minimum skills requires, but a level of expertise he would never have been able to achieve without the extra time the Linehan Artist scholarship gave him to study and pursue his projects such as the 3 year long phone game Deliverance.
Having this advantage allows him to be free to pursue his dreams in virtual reality or whatever comes next because he’s able to save money instead of struggling under what would have been a burden of student loan debt.
Paul is very grateful for the opportunities that led him to where he is now and can’t wait to build things that reach millions of people with a message that can change the world for the better.
Yoshiaki Horiguchi – Music ’13 has been acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun for his ability to put on a “dazzling display of dexterity and panache,” and featured by the Examiner in a “Must Watch Video”. Yoshi is an active double bassist, pedagogue, and educator in the DC-Baltimore area. Although classically trained, his endeavors span across a broad spectrum of genres having performed with the York Symphony, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, Opera Camerata of Washington, Classical Revolution, American Music System, and more. Most recently, he sat principal bass for a Naxos recording under the direction of Marin Alsop to record works by Pulitzer Prize winner, Kevin Puts. Yoshi proudly hails from the studios of Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela, Laura Ruas, Paul DeNola, and Paul Johnson.
In addition to being an active performer, Yoshi is a highly sought-after educator, pedagogue, and string specialist. Having served as the low-strings department chair and string ensemble director of the Baltimore Symphony’s, El Sistema inspired, ORCHkids program, adjunct faculty at Carroll Community College, faculty for Peabody’s Bass Works, and faculty for American Music System, his teaching experience is vast and has depth. Yoshi has had private violin, viola, cello, and bass students perform at the county level and beyond. He has also worked with the bass and low-string sections at Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, Maryland Classical Youth Orchestras, DC Youth Orchestras, East Coast El Sistema Seminarios, and more.
In 2014, Yoshi entered pedagogy research into the International Society of Bassists pedagogy research competition which is now being used as a resource to train bass teachers across the country. Yoshi is also certified in the Mark O’Connor string method and has studied the Suzuki string method, making him an all-around strings pedagogy expert. His passion and drive for students to study pedagogically beneficial and engaging music pushed him to arrange and compose works that are being performed throughout the country.
Yoshi graduated with honors as a Linehan Artist Scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). There, he graduated as the first person in the history of UMBC with performance, music education, and a teaching certificate and became the first double bassist in win the UMBC concerto competition. He is proud to be an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies. In his free time, Yoshi enjoys wearing primary colors, playing ultimate Frisbee, swing dancing, and expanding his sock collection.
Garrett Wright -Theatre ’01 is a supervising attorney at the Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center, where he provides litigation support to grassroots community-based organizations that are fighting against gentrification and displacement and for the realization of housing justice. Prior to working at CDP, Garrett was on a fellowship at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he worked on the Center’s litigation against the NYPD’s racist stop-and-frisk policies. He has also participated in labor, racial justice, and antiwar organizing work. Garrett is a former President of the National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter and past co-chair of the NLG’s Anti-Racism Committee. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley School of Law in 2007 and from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2001. As an actor, Garrett appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, The Corner, The West Wing, Pecker and Runaway Bride. Since graduating from UMBC, Garrett has also played electric bass in various indie-rock and punk bands, including NYC’s MC5-influenced soul-punk band Sister Anne. Garrett, his partner Jane Moisan and their two-and-a-half year old son Judah live in an apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which conveniently doubles as a rehearsal space for their embryonic family band.
Michelle Purdy – Music ‘10 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in percussion performance under the instruction of Tom Goldstein. While at UMBC Purdy participated in a vast array of ensembles including Percussion Ensemble, Contemporary Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Gamelan Ensemble, and Chamber Players. As a Linehan scholar, she had many opportunities to work with with dancers and visual artists, and continues to enjoy much interdisciplinary collaboration. Upon graduation from UMBC, Purdy continued her studies at The State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned a Master of Music in contemporary percussion performance under the instruction of Tom Kolor.
Purdy has performed at June in Buffalo, Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, the So Percussion Summer Institute, Make Music New York, The Livewire Festival, The High Zero Festival, and the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. She has performed with the Talujon Percussion Quartet, the Wooden Cities Contemporary Ensemble, and the Baltimore trio Microkingdom. Purdy currently performs with the science/music group Inverse Square Trio, the percussion quartet Umbilicus, the Sonic Meditations Ensemble, arts-in-education percussion trio Enviro Drum-Maryland, and the Columbia Orchestra.
Purdy teaches Applied Percussion, Musicianship, Music Theory, History of Jazz, and Musics of the World at Carroll Community College.
She currently resides in Baltimore, MD
Christina Animashaun – Visual Arts ’13 graduated Cum Laude with majors in Visual Arts (Photography) and Media & Communication Studies. She is a visual journalist based in Washington D.C. Christina is currently working on a fellowship with POLITICO, with a focus on data visualization and graphics on politics, policy, and the 2016 presidential election.
During her time at UMBC, Christina was heavily influenced by black and white photography, performance art, and post-modern art history – often creating projects that juggled all three genres. She was awarded the 2013 Campus Action Project Scholarship for Black and White Photography for a series documenting Baltimore artists and creatives. Her senior year, she began a year-long performance art project, My Gray Life: Performing for the Spectator, with funding from the Undergraduate Research Award and presented her work at the 2013 Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Images from the project are exhibited at the Linehan Art Hall in UMBC’s Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
Christina received an MA in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in 2015. While completing her masters, she worked at the Investigative Reporting Workshop as a Graduate Researcher and was the bureau’s photographer. She has contributed to stories published by the Washington Post, PBS FRONTLINE, WAMU 88.1 and The Center of Public Integrity.
Carly Engelke – Dance ’08 originally from Baltimore, MD, now resides in New York City. She has danced with The Next Stage Project, The Baltimore Dance Collective, Silvertree Productions, performed at New York City Fashion Week, and in multiple productions along the East Coast. She has been training dancers for over ten years, and currently manages Shooting Stars NYC. Shooting Stars was the first competitive dance company in NYC, and has performed with Betsey Johnson, at The Barclays Center, and at Madison Square Garden. Before she began training New York City’s finest, Carly was the head of the dance department at Camp Starlight, taught at multiple studios through out the Baltimore-Washington Area as well as Long Island, and choreographed for several award winning studios. Her choreography has received regional and national recognition, been selected for the American College Dance Festival, and performed on prime time television. Carly is currently a Regional/National Judge, and Master Teacher for Starquest International. Carly’s students have been accepted into the Kirov Academy, Carnegie Mellon, Julliard, The Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey, among others. Carly prides herself on teaching the highest caliber of technique while instilling a love of dance, and promoting team work, and self confidence.
Talya Schenk – Music ’10 Tayla, a violist, is an active performer and teacher. Ms. Schenk performs with the Apollo Orchestra, Takoma Ensemble, and the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra. Talya Schenk has attended world-renowned programs such as the Round Top Festival Institute, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Texas Music Festival. She has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC honoring conductor Valery Gergiev. Talya has participated in master classes with members of the Juilliard and Takács Quartets. Talya Schenk earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master of Music from The Hartt School. She is pursuing doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America. Her teachers include Kimberly Sparr, Maria Lambros, Rita Porfiris, and Karin Brown. She maintains an active private studio of viola and violin students in Rockville, Maryland.
Paige Khoury – Dance ’12 recently moved to Seattle, WA where she was offered a scholarship to attend the MFA in Arts Leadership program at Seattle University. She is excited to start this program and hopes to work within the Arts Administration field with focus in dance/performing arts upon graduation in May 2018. Paige is working towards building a relationship with the Seattle based dance company Au Collective.
After graduating from UMBC, Paige spent a year working and teaching in the Frederick, Maryland area. She eventually moved to NYC to apprentice and complete a year long training program with Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance directed by Calen Kurka and Chris Hale. During her apprenticeship, she gained further knowledge and experience with somatic techniques focusing on the work and conditioning exercises of Irene Dowd. At the completion of the program, Paige was offered a summer internship with Mark Morris Dance Group, working directly under the company manager. It was this relationship that solidified her interest in the arts administration field. She maintains her relationship with dance studios throughout the Mid-Maryland area and was also on faculty at the 2014 Maryland Council for Dance Festival. Thanks to her experiences as a Linehan Artist Scholar, Paige is confident and invested in her development as an artist, and hopes to give back to her community.
Shane Parks – Music ’10 is Management Associate at Broadway Asia International and a composer/arranger working in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from UMBC and an MFA from New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. At UMBC, he lead the school’s musical theater club as president, produced two concerts of original music, and was awarded an undergraduate research award for his work on Stephen Schwartz’ Children of Eden. He has written and arranged music for Extant Arts Theatre Company, New York Shakespeare Exchange, and St. Pius X Youth Players.
Shane started at Broadway Asia International in October 2013. He is currently Management Associate at BAI and lead manager on China Goes Pop!, a new acrobatic revue which opened in Beijing this August, and a new immersive theatrical production of The Little Prince, to open in China late 2017.
As a composer, Shane creates musical theatre, mashups, arrangements all genres, incidental music, random bouts of sound, and will try anything once (musically).
Hua Shu – Visual Arts ’13 is a graphic designer. Post her graduation from UMBC, Hua moved to New York City where she studied typeface design at the Cooper Union. She has also worked as a graphic designer and typography consultant for various large companies and cultural institutions. During her free time, Hua loves to meet designers and has been invited to attend international design workshops in Italy, Norway, and New York City. Hua plans to pursue an MFA in the near future.
Leon June – Music ’14 is working as the live sound engineer for the two-time Grammy award winning Soweto Gospel Choir. In the fall of 2015, he accompanied the group on their US/Bahamas/Chile tour, mixing in world-renowned venues including Boston Symphony Hall and Disney Hall in LA. He is currently touring Australia with the choir, coming off a sold out show at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House.
When he’s not touring, he serves as the technical and logistics manager for jazz pianist Marcus Johnson, mixing in prominent venues and jazz clubs throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
During his time at UMBC, he enjoyed the advocacy for “a community of artists” by Linehan program director, Doug Hamby and as a result regularly engages in interdisciplinary collaboration, providing audio consultation and musical contributions to the works of visual artists and dancers.
Rachel Lum – Dance ’16 graduated Cum Laude with a minor in Mathematics. Throughout her undergraduate career, Rachel performed with Baltimore Dance Project (2014-2016), and also choreographed and performed for many of the UMBC Dance Department dance concerts. She received the 2014 Linehan Summer Study Award to study contemporary dance technique, choreography skills, and performance skills at Steps on Broadway. After completion of this summer program, she choreographed and performed “Articulating Space” for the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) at UMBC. She has also been selected to perform at the American College Dance Association Convention for all four years of her undergraduate career.
Upon graduation, Rachel has worked at Harbor Haven Summer Camp as a Dance and Drama Specialist. She has also discovered a new love for fitness and health. Currently she is working as a Math Instructor at Mathnasium in New Jersey, and looking to apply and audition for choreographic and performance opportunities in New York City. She also is looking to teach dance or fitness classes, and is working on opening her own fitness/ dance studio in New Jersey.
Patrick C. Wohlfarth – Music ’05 is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010-2011, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University in St. Louis. His research and teaching interests include American politics and quantitative methodology with a focus on judicial politics and interinstitutional politics. His current research projects examine judicial influence on the executive branch, the impact of public opinion on the U.S. Supreme Court, and executive branch litigation on the Court.
Dr. Wohlfarth is coauthor of the book, U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and Their Audiences (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His published research has also appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Law & Society Review, Journal of Law and Courts, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and Research and Politics. His research has won the 2012 Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar Award from the Midwest Political Science Association and the 2013 Neal Tate Award for Outstanding Paper in Judicial Politics from the Southern Political Science Association. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland.
Emily Ferguson – Visual Arts ’15 earned her BFA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Cinematic Arts, and she minored in Geography. At UMBC, Emily worked on a number of film and video projects both in her classes, for Linehan Artist Scholars events, and during her time working as an animator at iNet and with the Imaging Research Center. After her graduation, Emily moved to New York City to begin her master’s program in Media Studies at The New School, where she earned a 4.0 in her first year. In May, Emily moved to Raleigh, NC where she began working at The CW television network as a commercial producer in that region. She is finishing the last year of her Master’s program at The New School online. Emily is appreciative of the Linehan family’s support of her college career and continues aiming to bring the Linehan spirit with her wherever she goes.
Molissa Udevitz – Dance ’15 graduated a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She began her dance training at age three in her home state of Alaska and choreographed for and performed in numerous Dance Department performances during her time at UMBC. Molissa’s senior dance piece was selected to perform at the 2015 American College Dance Festival Association Mid-Atlantic conference. Outside of dance, Molissa was very involved in UMBC sustainability initiatives and has returned to Alaska each summer for a variety of environmentally-related jobs. Molissa is currently starting her second year as a Naturalist with San Joaquin Outdoor Education, a residential outdoor school in California for fifth and sixth grade students. She loves taking students on hikes through a redwood forest and sharing her enthusiasm for nature with them. Molissa thanks Mr. and Mrs. Linehan for helping her be able to be immersed in the arts while also getting to explore another field while at UMBC.
Mabelle Nung Fomundam – Theatre ’15 is a storyteller and poet, committed to inspiring, entertaining and enlightening communities through original story performances and poetry. Through her writing and performances, she molds vivid moments in which memories and tales come alive. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Studies and Biological Sciences at UMBC.
Some of her writings develop into poetry for print, others form short stories or spoken word pieces for an open mic day or night. As a performance poet, she’s won Enigma Coffee House’s third place prize and Bartleby Poetry Slam’s 2nd place prize (2013) for her spoken word. Her poem “My Dear Heart” was published in 2014 by BCF Lampstand magazine. Her poems “Postscript” and “Beating Walls of Wells” were published in Bartleby Creative Journal (2015), both of which are now part of her self-published poetry compilation “Wondrous Journey: Poems of Love & Less.”
While at UMBC, she was in the student plays Straight Nappy and House of Yes, as well as the department play Diversity, Disparity and Dialogue (3D). Her performance in 3D got her nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (2012). In 2015, she was the opening and closing storytelling act for the “Heavy Hors D’oeuvres” show, commissioned by the Interrobang Theatre Company. In 2015, she was also the storyteller for the Breakout Today Event, hosted at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). In 2016, she was in the student thesis film “Idara, who is okay,” playing the role of Tolu.
During her time at UMBC, she was a research assistant for voice, speech, dialects specialist and professor, Lynn Watson, whose research article Fitzmaurice Voicework: Theory, Practice, and Related Research, co-authored by Sadhana Nayak, was recently published in the Journal of Voice.
After graduating in 2015, Mabelle opened a storytelling business Nung.Mabelle, LLC, through which she publishes and performs stories for children and adults. In 2016, she published two children’s poetry-story coloring books: “The Odd Toy” and “Moghamo.” “The Odd Toy” is the story of a lonesome toy that cannot seem to fit in with the other toys and “Moghamo” is the story of how a group of people migrated to a village in Cameroon. Mabelle’s mission in writing and performing is to produce meaningful and impacting work that empowers, inspires, and strives to bring out the beauty in humanity, and extends to the next generations. Check out www.nungmabelle.com
Stefanie Watson – Music ’05 enjoys being active in a wide variety of musical facets: as recital collaborator, educator, choral pianist, theatrical music director, and church musician. She has recently performed in and organized recitals in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and her home state of Maryland. In addition, she served as staff pianist for Lied Austria International, a month-long summer program near Graz, Austria that focused on intense study of German art song and poetry.
A founding member of The Edwin Trio, a Baltimore-based chamber ensemble, and now a member of the Bennington Trio, Stefanie continues to be active in chamber music as a participant and employee of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Bennington, Vermont, and through performances in the New York City Bar Association’s Chamber Music Series.
Stefanie is on the faculty at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, where she teaches private piano and collaborates with colleagues to teach courses through the Theater and Psychology departments, in addition to accompanying choral and vocal activities and serving as vocal coach. She also maintains a private teaching studio, serves as staff pianist at The College of New Jersey and is music director at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Brunswick. Stefanie holds an M.M. degree in Collaborative Piano from Rutgers
Dr. Lindsay Phebus – Dance ’06 Since graduating in 2006 Lindsay danced with the Baltimore Dance Project, Dragonfly and Deviated Theatre. She earned a doctorate in psychology in 2014 and is Licensed Psychologist working with Veterans. “Even though my profession isn’t artistic at face value, it demands constant openness and creativity. These are two qualities that I was able to develop during my time as a Linehan Artist Scholar. The program has the ability to push the boundaries of your mind and guide you into uncomfortable spaces, something that has been necessary in building my practice. I am so grateful for those experiences and opportunities this wonderful program has provided! Thank you!”
Jacob Jensen – Visual Arts ’08 Jacob graduated with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts, with an emphasis in Clarinet Performance. He returned to UMBC in 2009 to complete a Certificate in Contemporary American Music. During this time, he also became the Marketing Manager for a local DJ company. In 2014, Jacob transitioned to another DJ and production company, handling their marketing and software operations. At the end of 2015, he opened up a boutique DJ company. Jacob continues to write and edit music.
Jeff Miller – Theatre ’15 Since graduating from UMBC, Jeff has been working as an Actor, Director, and Teaching Artist throughout Maryland, with companies such as Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Cohesion Theatre, Drama Learning Center, Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, and Educational Theatre Company. He intends to eventually earn a Masters Degree in either in Acting or Directing. He currently resides in Baltimore.
Eric Kuhn – Music ’14 graduated with a degree in French horn Performance. From there he went on to College Park, where he graduated in 2016 with his Masters in French horn performance, studying under the tutelage of Greg Miller. In his freelance career, Eric has played all over Maryland, recently with members of the Fairfax Symphony for a benefit concert for the BSO Orchkids program. Currently Eric is a freelancer in the Baltimore and DC area, a regular performer with the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra and a retail associate for Music and Arts. He hopes to become a private teacher in French horn one day. ericskuhn.com
Mary Hester – Dance ’14 graduated with degrees in both Dance and Interdisciplinary Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, Mary explored the intersection of dance and public policy by creating her own Arts Advocacy major under the advising of Doug Hamby (Dance) and Carolyn Foriestere (Political Science). After graduation, she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy with a focus in Education at The School of Public Policy at UMBC in December 2015. Throughout her Graduate studies, she served on the Board for the Maryland Council for Dance and was a teaching artist with Bright StARTS—an arts outreach program for inner-city youth through the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Her academic research explored opportunity and access to the arts.
Currently, Mary works at The Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore—a philanthropy organization that works to improve outcomes for children and families. There, she supports results-based leadership trainings for passionate advocates like herself on issues in education, health, and social justice. She is a member of the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network of Baltimore and her next adventure is creating a local chapter of Emerging Arts Leaders in Baltimore. Mary is passionate about creating equitable access to the arts in schools, and aims to continue working towards this goal through continued teaching, volunteering, research, and leadership development.
Zachary Handler – Visual Arts ’03 received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from UMBC in 2003 and a Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College in 2005. Currently residing in Baltimore with his family, Handler serves as the Deaf Services Program Manager for the Baltimore Medical System, Inc. Always on the lookout for creative, collaborative opportunities in any of his professional realms, he enjoys the appropriation of found objects, the company of 1970s cinema, and the color pink.
Having collaborated with various dancers, performers, and choreographers from across the Maryland and Washington DC areas, as well as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York, Zachary Z. Handler is most energized when photographing dance performances off-stage and in unexpected locations.
Over the past thirteen years, Handler’s career as a photographer of dance and performance has afforded him the opportunity to work with Naoko Maeshiba/Kibism, PearsonWidrig Dance Theatre, and Orange Grove Dance, among many others. In addition to his work as a professional photographer, Handler has also streamlined a career in both the fields of health care and art education. Working with such arts organizations as the Museum of Modern Art, Quest Visual Theatre, and the Creative Alliance, he has provided community and access programs to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. Handler has also traveled both nationally and internationally to teach arts education
classes for deaf and hard of hearing youth in foster care.
Ryan Bailey – Dance ’16 Ryan is currently the assistant director of Artistry Dance Company (Owings Mills, MD) as well as the director of the Project C Studios competition company (Westminster, MD). Aside from teaching weekly technique classes in modern, contemporary, improvisation and LET (leaps, extensions, turns) at both studios, Ryan is rehearsing with the company Alternative Dance Project directed by Lance and Danielle Guillermo. Ryan is also in the process of formulating his own body of work that will collectively be showcased in an evening length performance by the middle of 2017.
Frankie Cerquetti – Visual Arts ’14 graduated with a BA in InterMedia and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. She is a freelance filmmaker, focusing on creating promotional videos and weddings. Her work can be found at www.frankiefilms.com and http://www.nationsphotolab.com/blog/spotlight-on-wedding-videography . She also works for a campus ministry organization called InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at The Maryland Institute College of Art. It’s exciting because in both parts of her life, she is working and collaborating with local Baltimore artists.
Courtney Tyler – Dance ’15 graduated in with a BA in Dance after having the opportunity to present her choreography, “Swans in an Ugly Duckling World” at the American College Dance Festival’s adjudicated concert, dancing 4 years professionally with Baltimore Dance Project under the direction of Doug Hamby, and being awarded Outstanding Senior in Choreography after choreographing 9 dance works through UMBC’s dance department. After graduation, Courtney moved to the West Coast and began expanding her dance knowledge through training in Commercial Dance, Aerial Silks, Lyra, Contortion, and Acrobatics, while getting the chance to perform for various agencies in the Las Vegas area, most notably for Penn & Teller and So You Think You Can Dance’s Mary Murphy. She recently obtained her certification in Cardio Barre and will begin her 200 hour yoga teacher training this September. Courtney plans to continue auditioning in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and hopes to find a collaborative contemporary company to call home before pursuing her dream of obtaining her MFA in Choreography.
Marissa Regelin – Graphic Design ’14 with a minor in Print Media. During her time at UMBC, Marissa worked on the staff of Bartleby for four years, the creative arts journal, eventually heading the staff as Senior Editor in 2014. She also worked on campus as a Visual Arts Tour Guide and Graphic Designer for Off-Campus Student Services.
Marissa now works as a Graphic Designer for a large, Baltimore-based financial services firm. In her free time, she dabbles in freelance design work, even working with some Linehan Artist alums! She is the print designer for The Power Conference, the largest Women’s Business Development conference in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
B Dyson – Dance ’11 currently lives, works, and creates in NYC. After graduating UMBC with a BA in Dance and minor in Psychology, they performed with Baltimore Dance Project, ROOTED Dance Productions, and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Charm City Yoga. B earned an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College in 2015, and currently teaches kindergarten with a focus on social justice and diversity education in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, B facilitates multiple LGBTQ Affinity groups with teenagers and adults. B is currently collaborating with NYC based dancers and visual artists on a new piece exploring identity and ability.
Alexis “Ally” Kocerhan – Theatre ’16 Ally has a BA in Theatre and a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies) While at UMBC she served as director of Christopher Durang’s challenging one-act play “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” as part of the theatre department’s Studio 3 production in 2016.
Two classes that especially influenced her career at UMBC: “Gender, Sexuality, and Theatrical performance taught by Dr. Susan McCully and Feminist Perspectives in Transnational Cinema taught by Dr. Viviana MacManus opened my eyes to the deep connections between social justice, identity, and art.”
Ally plans to get her M.A. in Aesthetics & Politics at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Being a double major has helped her focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality in all of her artistic and scholarly work. Through her experiences in the Theatre Department and the Gender and Women’s Studies department, Ally has focused on using her work to show how art is inherently valuable, and how social justice issues are important to every aspect of our lives.
Sam Winnie – Music ’16 graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Music Composition. Winnie is a trombonist, bass player, and composer—a multi-talented musician who has collaborated with dancers, filmmakers, and game developers. His work has been recognized by fellow musicians in his field. Most recently, the jury of the National Student Electronic Music Event accepted a piece of his for performance at the University of Oklahoma. Sam will continue his graduate studies in music composition at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Netherlands.
Stephanie Castner – Dance ’16 and Media & Communication Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Stephanie spent the summer of 2014 training at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City as a member of their Summer Professional Semester. Currently, she is teaching regularly at local studios, including Savage Dance Company in Eldersburg, MD. Future plans include a move to New York City next summer to continue her training and performance.
Marianne Hayden- Visual Arts ’03 graduated with a BA in visual arts and a BFA in theater. She continued her education at The California Institute of the Arts, earning her MFA in experimental animation in the Film/Video department. Marianne has worked at a range of studios, including Insomniac, Technicolor, Treyarch, Imagi, and Naughty Dog, Inc. Since 2009, she’s been at Naughty Dog, Inc. and has worked on the Uncharted series and The Last of Us.
Along with being a professional animator Hayden uses her theater background to direct motion capture shoots as well as act on the motion capture stage. She earned her SAG card while on maternity leave, doing stunt work for Uncharted 3.
Renee Brozic – Dance ’99 has been performing, teaching all levels of Ballet and Modern Dance and making dances in the Baltimore/DC Metro Area for over 12 years. She is a founding director of MOVEMENT/ADDICTION, a dance-based multi-media performance company, and is currently the Chair of Dance and Theatre at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.
She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts from UMBC, and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Pedagogy from George Mason University.
She received her early ballet training under the guidance and mentorship of Michelle White at the Harford Ballet and the Harford Dance Theatre. She studied with International Summerdance at Point Park College with Roberto Muñoz and Tony Salatino, the Ballet National de Cuba with Laura Alonso and Ivan M. Alonso, the Allegheny Ballet, and later with Dan Joyce, Doug Hamby, Carol Hess, Liz Walton, Susan Shields, Sandy Lacy, Karen Studd and Jim Lepore.
She held a Maryland State Distinguished Scholar Talent in the Arts Award and Scholarship and the prestigious Linehan Artist Scholar Award from UMBC. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship in Choreography Award from GMU. She was the recipient of an Artist Residency at The Silo Project through The Field, NYC in 2005, and she was invited to create/perform in the 2006 and 2007 DC Improvisation Festival. Recent collaborations of an improvisational and theatrical nature have been with the Basso Moderno Duo/The Moderno Trio, Timothy Nohe, Stephanie Yezek and Eve Muson. She has performed the dances of such noted choreographers as Ana Sokolow, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Alwin Nikolais and Susan Shields.
Ms. Brozic has been Dance Faculty at UMBC, Towson University, Community College of Baltimore County, Howard Community College, and has been a Guest Lecturer on Hypertext Media and Dance for the English Department at GMU and on dance and Sound Design at UMBC. In 2008 and 2011 she received Howard Community College’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Currently she is both a Professor in and the Chair of the Dance Program at Howard Community College in addition to serving as Director of HCC’s Arts Collective Dance Company and Rep Stage’s resident choreographer.
Most recently, she has taught, choreographed and performed internationally in the US, India, Canada and the UK as an independent artist and as part of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, where she has also served as Rehearsal Director. She has been called “aristocratic and elegant” by the Oxford Times, and “brilliantly angular” and “fragile and powerful” by the Oxfringe Review.
In addition to performance-related endeavors, Ms. Brozic has been increasingly focusing on arts advocacy work within Maryland as a member of Maryland Citizens of the Arts Emerging Arts Advocates, a group that endeavors to educate the next generation of Maryland Arts Advocates, and to provide advocacy training, professional development, and leadership opportunities to young advocates in the arts field.
American soprano Christie Finn – Music ’07 (http://christiefinn.com) is actively involved in the world of contemporary performance and new music theater. Finn has performed as a soloist with the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble (Netherlands), VocaalLAB (Netherlands), the Hezarfen Ensemble (Turkey), Oerknal! (Netherlands), Forum Neue Vokal Musik (Germany), and several ensembles in New York City, including ekmeles, the S.E.M. Ensemble, Experiments in Opera, and Tactus. Finn was a Linehan Artist Scholar and graduated with a B.A. in Music from UMBC in 2007. She holds a Master of Music in Classical Voice from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music. In recent years, she has been part of several experimental music theater productions with the Studio für Stimmkunst und Neues Musiktheater in Stuttgart, Germany, where she currently resides. Finn is also an active poet and serves at the Managing Director of the Hampsong Foundation (http://hampsongfoundation.org).
Career highlights from past seasons include a 2014 staged production of Ligeti’s Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures in conjunction with Samuel Beckett’s Spiel (Germany), the world premiere of Klaus Lang’s opera die fette seele (Germany), the complete Récitations of Georges Aperghis as part of the first annual Resonant Bodies Festival in New York City, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Homage à T. S. Eliot at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) with the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble, Luciano Berio’s sequenza iii at the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich (Austria), and the U.S. premiere of Luigi Nono’s Quando Stanno Morendo (Soprano II) with ekmeles. http://christiefinn.com
Anderson Wells – Theatre ’13 moved to Washington, D.C. to accept a wonderful offer to work as the apprentice for the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. The apprenticeship allowed Anderson to work administratively for the conservatory handling marketing and scheduling, assisting students and teachers, and facilitating the theatre’s high school outreach program. Anderson also had the opportunity to become a student in the Conservatory further honing his skills as an actor.
He also works with other UMBC Theatre alumni on the Charm-City-based web series, B.F.A. Anderson had his D.C. acting debut at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. He acted and sang with Pinky Swear Productions in the latest installment of their Cabaret XXX series entitled Everybody F***ing Dies. Regarding Anderson’s performance, DC Metro Theatre Arts said, “His physicality… is superb, and his comedic timing is spot-on.” DC Theatre Scene stated “He takes a song over and makes it shimmer and dance.”
In 2013, Anderson helped form a new a cappella group called “The Lobby.” The group was AcaIdol Champions at the 2014 SingStrong A Cappella Festival. Anderson is also the newest member of one of D.C.’s Vox Pop.
Currently Anderson is the Associate Education Manager at the Studio Theatre.
This fall he will understudy the part of Alioune, in Belleville, the first play of Studio Theatre’s 2014-15 season. He will also perform with Brave Spirits Theatre Co. in The Two Noble Kinsmen (Wooer/Countryman) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Philostrate/Puck), performed in repertory in November/December.
Marlayna Demond – Visual Arts ’11 graduated after four great years with the Linehan Scholars Program. Her concentration was Photography, but the scholarship gave her the opportunity, through seminar classes and awesome field trips, to meet and become friends with other artists in fields such as dance, theatre, music and graphic design. Marlayna remains involved at UMBC thanks to a fantastic internship that became a staff position after graduation. Marlayna works on campus with Creative Services, a branch of the Office of Institutional Advancement, taking photos for marketing campaigns, student and donor events and promotional work for the University (she even gets to continue to cross paths with the Linehans at some of these events!). Beyond her work at UMBC, Marlayna also runs her own business doing freelance work, primarily weddings and portraits – some of her work can be found at marlaynaphotography.com
Holly Googe – Dance ’09, a native of Brooklyn, NY, trained and performed at institutions such as the Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem and LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Holly then attended UMBC, where she earned her B.A. in Dance and minor in French in 2009. Since graduating, Holly worked as a performer and choreographer on various projects, including Fashion’s Night Out, GG Lizay’s music video “Dance Away” and National Geographic’s “Brain Games.” Holly then went on to work as a dancer on Carnival Cruise Lines, performing and teaching dance to people from all over the world. Currently, Holly resides in NYC and is continuing to pursue her passion for performing, teaching and living life!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQQWjCQpfkc – choreography by Holly Googe
Lauren Snyder – Dance ’02 is Artistic Director at Kinetics Dance Theatre in Ellicott City, Maryland. A non-profit arts organization, Kinetics houses a professional modern dance company, student performing companies, and a school of contemporary dance. In her role Lauren directs the professional company and oversees the organization as a whole. As a choreographer Lauren’s work spans from the abstract to the character-based; each piece introducing its own nuanced material. Much of Lauren’s work utilizes functional props and costumes, blends non-modern styles of dance, and explores unorthodox partnerwork. As an instructor Lauren teaches modern dance with a Limon base, beginner and intermediate ballet, and her own modern-dance influenced style of tap. Her current initiatives at Kinetics include the continued development of a Modern Master Class Series open to professional dancers and students throughout the Baltimore/DC area as well as a boy’s dance program at the school. Outside of Kinetics, Lauren has danced professionally with Baltimore Dance Project as well as taught and presented choreography along the east coast. She has been a guest artist at New Hampshire-based Axis Dance Co, Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, and Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is involved with local projects including AKIMBO Baltimore and the Howard County Community Dance Festival. Lauren is the recipient of various individual grants for her work with dance in education and founded CommunityDanceLaboratory in 2010, a project devoted to the presentation of enrichment-based movement classes in schools and throughout the community. Lauren received her early training at Carver Center for the Arts and Technology and holds bachelor’s degrees in Visual and Performing Arts/Dance and Psychology with a concentration in Development from UMBC, where she also minored in writing, as a Linehan Artist Scholar.
Christopher Dews – Theatre ’13 has appeared in various productions all over Maryland.
Notable Credits include:
Single Carrot Theatre’s Something Like Jazz Music, A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide and Center Stage’s The Show Off, Amadeus, and Marley.
Christopher recently finished a 2-year contract as an Actor Educator with Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater wherein he toured the DMV putting on shows and workshops for grades K-12 about nutrition, bullying and
sexual health. He has also worked as an instructor for Center Stage’s Young Playwrights Festival and as a Resident Advisor for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Los Angeles, California. He now spends his time auditioning in both New York and California while building his film reel here in Maryland.
Christopher has also been an ardent student of both Philosophy and Christian Theology. In 2010, he acquired a Bachelor’s in Divinity from Praise Center Full Gospel Church’s School of Ministry and gained a Full Ministerial License in 2015. He now serves his Church as a Preacher, Teacher, Youth Leader, Screenwriter, Actor, and Board Member.
Christopher would like to pay homage to Earl and Darielle Linehan, without whom none of this would be possible and to Doug Hamby, who deserves double honor for taking the LAS Program to new heights.
Franki Trout – Dance, with Education and Honors certificates ‘13 is Dance Director of the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program for Anne Arundel County Public Schools held at Annapolis High School. She holds an M.A. in Dance Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England where she recently graduated with Distinction. Funded as a Leverhulme Scholar, she danced as a member of Transitions Dance Company 2014-2015 under the artistic direction of David Waring, performing and touring original works by choreographers Stefanie Batten-Bland, Ikky Maas and Dog Kennel Hill Project. She holds a B.A. in Dance from UMBC. She also earned Education and Honors certificates and a study year abroad certificate awarded by Trinity Laban during her time as an undergraduate. She was awarded the Outstanding Junior Award from the UMBC Department of Dance in 2011 and the Outstanding Senior in Choreography in 2013. Her dance Baggage was presented at the American College Dance Festival in Amherst, MA in 2013. Franki has performed as a member of Deep Vision Dance Company under the direction of Nicole Martinell and in a site-specific piece choreographed by Meghan Flanigan in the Joseph Bueys Sculpture Park. She currently performs with Baltimore Dance Project.
Daphne Gardner – Visual Arts ’09 is a filmmaker, writer, and actor from Baltimore currently living in Brooklyn. Her current work focuses on the young female experience in America: loneliness, complicated friendships, and hunting down the guy that shot your friend in the leg.
Daphne’s most recent work includes writing and acting in the two-man show The Daphne and Carl Experience, which aims to cure hangovers and dissect why we are all alone in this world. She is in post-production for her first feature, Get Lost, which she co-wrote, directed, and starred in. She is also in post-production for a short documentary about the European tour of musician Nathan Reich.
Daphne says the Linehan program afforded her great opportunities at UMBC and she’s very grateful to have been chosen to be part of such a prestigious program. She has worked at Oscilloscope Laboratories in film distribution and at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently an editor at Comedy Central.
her website is: www.daphnegardner.com
Daniel Roberts – Music ’10 studied music education with an emphasis in jazz and classical guitar. During and after his time at UMBC, he studied with Matt Belzer, Tom Lagana, Zane Forshee, Matt Dunlap, Dr. Linda Dusman, Dr. Stuart Saunders Smith, Dr. Airi Yoshioka and many others. Inspired by Bono from U2, he became heavily involved in humanitarian efforts on campus through his work with Musicians for World Peace and was instrumental in bringing humanitarians from Uganda to share with students about their needs and how to get involved.
After graduating, Daniel took an interim band director position and then taught elementary band and strings. In 2011, Daniel took a full time teaching position at Howard High School as their guitar and piano instructor. He also directs the Howard High School Showcase – a full 2 hour professional level concert put on by high school students every winter. As of fall 2014 he will be the Jazz Ensemble Director at Howard High. Daniel also supports many other arts related school initiatives.
During summer 2014, Daniel was on a select team of teachers rewriting the Howard County guitar curriculum. He also regularly presents at the Maryland Music Educator Conference sharing approaches to lesson planning, best practices and curriculum writing that integrate improvisation, composition and arranging in guitar and piano classes.
Daniel was the guitarist, band leader and primary writer/arranger for the original rock trio Band of Brothers from 2000-2013 (www.mybandofbrothers.com). This year, he began a new project with a duo called They’ll Have Dreams. They will be releasing their first album in August 2014 and are looking to put together an east coast tour. To see more about They’ll Have Dreams or to contact Daniel, check out www.theyllhavedreams.com and www.djrguitar.com.
Jessica Ruth Baker – Theatre ’12 is an actor and a designer living in Catonsville and working in Baltimore. She recently joined Glass Mind Theatre as their Resident Technical Director, after having worked for them onstage and off for the past five years. This past spring, she was in Murdercastle with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, designed the set for Scab with Interrobang Theatre (founded by UMBC alumni!), and was in the All-American Genderf*ck Caberet with Glass Mind. Currently she is in a production of Into the Woods with the purple light theatre company (more alumni!) which runs the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August. Purple light: http://www.purplelighttheatre.com/ Glass Mind: http://www.glassmindtheatre.com/ My personal bio on GMT: http://www.glassmindtheatre.com/company/jessica-baker/
Andrew Caughy – Visual Artists/Animation ‘11 After graduation and a short-lived venture in NYC, I moved to Baltimore and found a really great studio, 15Four. The Baltimore’s art community is tight knit, as is the video production industry in Washington, DC. When I started working at 15Four, I started meeting and learning about dozens of other video houses that I had no idea were around. I am currently a Broadcast Designer and Animator at Image Factory DC. I work with a several other UMBC alumni. My work can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/andrewcaughy/videos
Catherine “Catina” Ramis – Music ’14 Since graduating with her BA in Music and K-12 teaching certification in May 2014, she has been hired by Howard County Public Schools as an orchestra director. She currently teaches orchestra for students in grades 3-5 at Veterans Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland. She continues to teach piano privately and enjoys being a piano accompanist to many soloists. She is also currently studying to receive her Masters of Music Education at Towson University.
Mallorie Ortega – Theatre Design and Visual Arts ‘13 is a third year MFA student at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Film and Television Production. Over the past three years, she has learned so much about what it means to be a storyteller and collaborator. Because of her background in Theatre Design and Production, Mallorie has been most successful in production designing films. She has designed highly imaginative worlds like scary basements, futuristic humanoid robots and light bulb growing trees. Mallorie production designed the origami weapon world of Warigami, a web series funded by New Form Digital. Over the summer she got the opportunity to teach high schoolers the art of filmmaking in collaboration with Warner Brothers Studios. Most recently, she production designed a USC thesis film called When Pigs Fly, which was awarded the prestigious Fox Fellowship Grant and features Glenn Howerton from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mallorie was selected to direct a USC funded Advanced Production, Mango Sticky Rice, a rom-com musical featuring Asian-American leads, and looks forward to bringing music into people’s hearts. www.mallorieortega.com
Jody Smith (Now Tiburzi) – Dance ’10 also received her Masters of the Art of Teaching in Dance Education from UMBC. Before receiving her MFA Jody performed with Deviated Theatre Company, as well as Project Reach with Carol Hess. She began dancing at the age of three and went on to teach, choreograph, and gain awards with Dance Unlimited Performing Arts Factory. Her choreography has been recognized at a regional and national level. Jody is currently a Dance Instructor for the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program at Wiley H. Bates Middle School. She has had the opportunity to work with students from many different backgrounds and levels, and wishes to instill a love of dance and appreciation for the arts in all of her students.
Kim Fisch – Interdisciplinary/Dance/Women’s Studies ’01 has been teaching yoga since 2001. She is certified teacher in the Yoga Works method and a trainer for the Yoga Works 200 hour teacher training.
Kim’s class guides students toward self-understanding and awareness, within a healing and experiential environment. Her teaching is a compassionate and interdisciplinary approach to yoga, dedicated to structural and energetic integration, alignment, breath and heart.
After teaching her first sold out retreat in Ojai California last year, Kim hopes to continue to lead healing yoga retreats all over the world. She is considered an in-demand yoga teacher in Los Angeles, teaching privately to high profile and celebrity clients. The highest accomplishment, however, is to enjoy each day as it is, to celebrate each day she has, in good health. Website: kimfischyoga.com
Flutist Krisztina Dér – Music ’12 Linehan scholar alumna, has been awarded the second flute position with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for the 2014-15 Season. She is a doctoral student, an Adelaide Fortune Holderness Fellow and a Graduate Assistant at UNC-Greensboro. She served as Assistant Program Chair for the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans from 2012 to 2013. Since her graduation from UMBC, she has competed as a finalist in the Rosen-Schaffel Competition, auditioned and became both a New World Symphony and Army Field Band semi-finalist, collaborated with Max/MSP composer Michael S. Rothkopf, and performed for Sir James Galway. She received her Master of Music (’14) degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was a Nutcracker Scholar, the Flute Studio Teacher’s Assistant, and the Large Ensemble Librarian. For updates, audio clips, YouTube videos, and ruminations, please visit Krisztina’s blog at: www.krisztinader.wordpress.com. It’s been an honor to keep carrying the Linehan torch.
Jimmy Horner – Visual Arts ‘13
An artist and animator in Baltimore, Maryland Jimmy Horner graduated from UMBC with a degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Animation in 2013.
After graduating from UMBC and the Linehan Art Scholar Program, Jimmy started creating medical animations and advertisements at a company called VueCare Media. One of his animations was aired on Fox after winning two spots in the Gotham Fan Trailer Competition. Jimmy is currently working on two art projects that focus on the topics of bullying and death and hopes to publish both projects between early and middle of 2015. He is also partnering with The Art Way Alliance teaching animation to elementary through high school aged children in addition to his work in the industry.
Jimmy is thankful for the experiences and inspiration from the Linehan program that has pushed him to be a stronger and more thoughtful artist. The friendships and connections gained through the program help to expand his understanding of the arts and look to other art forms to strengthen his own.
Marina Nicholas – Dance ’16 graduated with a BA in Dance and a BS in Biological Sciences. This past summer, she worked in the Harford and Baltimore areas coordinating eye drop research, assisting St. Nina’s children’s camp, and teaching Hip hop for children and teens at Dance Connections near Ellicot City. Currently, Marina is rehearsing with the Maryland Classical Dance Academy for a December presentation of The Nutcracker and is choreographing for middle schoolers studying at Dance Connections.
Eliza Milligan – Music ’13 is a flutist and freelance musician, currently pursuing a Masters of Music at The Peabody Institute. A graduate of UMBC, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and a Certificate in American Contemporary Music Performance. As a proponent of New Music, she has enjoyed participating in a variety of contemporary ensembles, including the UMBC New Music ensemble, and the Peabody Camerata. In addition to her studies of traditional repertoire, Ms. Milligan has had the privilege of collaborating with current composers such as, Dr. Michael Rothkopf and Dr. Mark Engebretson. Elizabeth is currently a student of Laurie Sokoloff and has previously studied with Dr. Lisa Cella, Dr. Lori Kesner, and Gina Eichman.
Lisa Fecteau – Dance ’07 currently teaches and directs the dance program at Lindale Middle School in Anne Arundel County. Lisa returned to UMBC in 2012 for her MAT, so that she could share her passion for dance with a new generation. While studying Dance at UMBC, Lisa was invited to perform with the resident modern company, Phoenix Dance Company, now known as Baltimore Dance Project. She received an undergraduate research award to study dance in New York City at Steps and Broadway Dance Center. Lisa also received recognition as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. She was also a finalist in Las Vegas for season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance”. Lisa graduated from UMBC cum laude with a B.A. in Dance in May 2007. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams further. While studying at the Edge, Lisa took classes from many well-known choreographers and teachers. She was a company member of Faux Pas Dance Company and Nichelle Bane’s Reflections Dance Company.
Zoe Gensheimer – Visual Arts ‘15 with a Concentration in Photography. For the past two years, Zoe has been working at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the Image Services & Rights Department, as well as for the local environmental non-profit Blue Water Baltimore as a member of their Forestry Crew.
During her time at UMBC, she studied abroad for two semesters in Ecuador and Mexico. She was also the recipient of the Linehan Summer Research Award and the Undergraduate Research Award, which provided the opportunity to take photography courses in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico