Patrick C. Wohlfarth – Music ’04 is Associate 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’s latest book is, The Conscientious Justice: How Supreme Court Justices’ Personalities Influence the Law, the High Court, and the Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He also, coauthored 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, American Politics Research, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Research and Politics, and the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. 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.
Joshua Budich – Fine Arts (Imaging and Digital Arts) 00’ is an independent illustrator working for numerous galleries, including Gallery 1988, Spoke Art and Hero Complex Gallery, movie studios, and media outlets around the globe.
Inspired by a love for the pop culture of his youth, his primary focus is on screenprints that celebrate popular movies (Star Wars, Star Trek, The Big Lebowski), television series (LOST, MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), animated shows (The Simpsons, My Neighbor Totoro, AKIRA) and more. He lives in the Baltimore/District of Columbia area. joshuabudich.com
Colin Holter – Music ’05 is the Program Manager of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduating from UMBC with a concentration in composition, Colin completed a MMus degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, a MPhil at Brunel University, West London, and a PhD at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 2012, where he taught composition, orchestration, music theory, and aural skills at Concordia College, and has been based in the Cleveland area since 2015. Active as a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music, Colin directs NOYO’s Lab Group, its collaborative composing ensemble, and serves as the Managing Editor for the St. Paul-based 113 Composers Collective.
Matt McGloin – Theatre ’05 will be performing Fall 2018 at 59E59 in The Hello Girls, produced by Prospect Theatre Company, which specializes in the development of new musicals. This is his highest profile New York credit to date, and he’s quite proud of it. Other projects within the last year have included a regional show at Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, and a project with the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Matt continues to work as a teaching artist, accompanist, and burlesque performer, and is also an arts model for the School of Visual Arts. Matt was in the Off-Broadway musical Bastard Jones at the Cell Theatre and he sang in New York’s 7th annual charity concert “Broadway Sings for Pride – Unstoppable.” He has performed regionally at the Kennedy Center, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theatre DC, Folger Theatre, Olney Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Constellation Theatre, Ford’s Theatre tour series, Imagination Stage, and Adventure Theatre. His New York credits include work with Ma-Yi Theater, PS 122, Abingdon Theatre, Dixon Place, and Piper Theatre. In Spring 2017, Matt performed in CasablancaBox at HERE Arts, nominated for two 2017 Drama Desk awards. Feel free to connect with him via matthewmcgloin.com or on social media @matthew_mcgloin
Adrian Kikuo Britton – ’00 Video/Film graduated with a degree in Auteur Film-making with a minor in Art History. He is currently working on his Masters in Catholic Ethics and Phenomenology in the hopes of becoming a pastoral counselor. He is currently residing in Baltimore County working with an Ellicott City engineering and design firm as a land surveyor. In the intervening years, the Linehan Artist scholar values of interdisciplinary studies, community-building and service inspired him as a mentor in the arts with Baltimore’s Kids on the Hill, as a visual art and art history teacher at Suitland High and other PGCPS schools, and an advocate for the homeless and disenfranchised. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Kingston, Jamaica as an HIV/AIDS Awareness and Urban At-Risk Youth Advocate, with the Jamaica Red Cross, the Ashe Performing Arts Company and other community NGOs.
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
Marianne Hayden – Visual Arts and Theatre ’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. She has been at the video game company, Naughty Dog, Inc. since 2009 and has worked on the Uncharted series and The Last of Us.
Along with being a professional animator Marianne uses her theater background to direct motion capture shoots as well as act on the motion capture stage. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and BAFTA. She lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.
Garrett Wright -Theatre ’01 is a staff attorney with the Anti-Displacement Project at Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Portland Regional Office, where he provides legal support to low-income tenants of color, immigrant tenants, and community-based organizations that are fighting against gentrification and displacement and for the realization of housing justice. Garrett also worked as a tenants’ rights attorney at the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project in New York City for nine years and at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. 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 four-and-a-half year old son Judah live in Portland, Oregon.
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.
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.
Lauren Tait – Dance ’02 is Executive/Artistic Director at Kinetics Dance Theatre in Ellicott City, Maryland, where she leads the organization and directs its resident professional company. A non-profit arts organization, Kinetics mission is devoted to the development of contemporary dance through education, performance, and outreach. The organization houses a professional modern dance company, student performing companies, and a school of contemporary dance. As a choreographer, Lauren’s work spans the abstract to the narrative, frequently utilizing sets, props and costumes of her own design, employing various forms of technology and media, blending modern/contemporary dance with other genres, and exploring unorthodox partnerwork. In addition to her contemporary concert work, Lauren creates innovative modern dance productions geared toward young audiences through Kinetics’ Family Concert Series. Lauren’s work has been selected for showcase at the Maryland Dance Festival, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods’ Chrysalis Kids Series, the Baltimore Dance Invitational, AKIMBO Baltimore, and the Howard County Community Dance Festival. Lauren has danced professionally as a solo artist as well as with Baltimore Dance Project. She has taught and presented choreography along the east coast and served as a guest artist at New Hampshire-based Axis Dance Co, Howard Community College and Franklin & Marshall College, and serves on the review panel for Howard County Arts Council’s Rising Start Performing Arts Competition. 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.
Ding Ren – Visual Arts – Photography ’05 was born in China, grew up in the United States and is currently based in Amsterdam (NL). Through a cross-cultural, field driven approach, her analogue photography seeks to draw viewer’s attention to the subtle details of spaces they already inhabit. By highlighting these delicate urban details, her photography tells an alternate, often overlooked story and shifts attention away from the normalized narrative. She received her MFA from George Washington University. She was previously the Program Director at Washington Projects for the Arts, a Provisions Library Research Fellow, and Transformer E6:In Situ participant. Her work has been exhibited throughout the DC-Baltimore area at 39th Street Gallery, Area 405, Arlington Arts Center, Hillyer Art Space, Katzen Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, MICA, and Transformer, amongst others. Ren has exhibited her work abroad in Canada, China, the Netherlands, Germany, the Philippines, Ireland, Iceland, Portugal, Poland, South Korea, and the UK. Her work has been published in Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective (University of Chicago Press), acquired by the He XiangNing Art Museum (Shenzhen, CN) for their permanent collection and screened at the EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam, NL). Her photography has been featured in various online and print platforms focused on contemporary photography such as If You Leave, Booooooom, Velvet Eyes, Underdogs, C41, Stolen Ground, the405, Diet Cola Zine, Papersafe, and Perjus Magazine amongst others. She is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Photography for University of Maryland University College.