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.
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, SilvertreeProductions, 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.
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.
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).
Patrick C. Wohlfarth – Music ’04 is Assistant Professor in the Department ofGovernment 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.
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 DanceProject, 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 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.