UMBC artists recognized for excellence through highly competitive awards

Funding for individual artists is often scarce and always highly competitive, but the Baltimore-Washington region is fortunate to have both state and private organizations awarding funds directly to individual artists. Award announcements this spring include many UMBC students, alumni and faculty, … Continue reading UMBC artists recognized for excellence through highly competitive awards

UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Baltimore’s history as the first U.S. city to be illuminated by gas lamps has inspired Light City Baltimore, a new festival in the Inner Harbor, March 28-April 3, with 1.5 miles of glowing public artworks, free music, a free UMBC hospitality space, and a six-day innovation conference, Light City U. Continue reading UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Mathematics of Being Human

The Mathematics of Being Human receives positive review in advance of production in New Delhi

Since it debuted at UMBC in November 2014, The Mathematics of Being Human has garnered strong praise and it has traveled to San Antonio, New York City, and Baltimore. Its latest review comes in advance of an independent production of the play … Continue reading The Mathematics of Being Human receives positive review in advance of production in New Delhi

Faculty and Alumni Recognized by Maryland State Arts Council

A number of UMBC faculty members and alumni received 2015 Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. The Maryland State Arts Council awards grants to individual artists and non-profit organizations for arts programming, projects, and assistance. Timothy Nohe, visual arts, was recognized in the non-classical music composition category, while Susan McCully, theatre, and Mark Squirek ’91, history, were honored in the playwriting category. Ben Marcin ’80, economics, and Jaimes Mayhew ’10 M.F.A., imaging and digital arts, received awards in the photography category. Click here to see the complete list of winners. Continue reading Faculty and Alumni Recognized by Maryland State Arts Council

Video: Shakespeare Sonnets Recited in More Than 30 Languages at UMBC

On April 23, 2014, UMBC students, faculty and staff recited Shakespeare sonnets in more than 30 languages. The event was held to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and UMBC’s diverse voices. It took place at the end of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), and it was sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the English and Theatre Departments. The above video is a sample of some of the readings. Continue reading Video: Shakespeare Sonnets Recited in More Than 30 Languages at UMBC

Faculty, PAHB in Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun’s special education supplement last month featured William D’Eugenio ’14, theatre, and Nyalls Hartman, theatre, as they discussed the features of the Black Box Theatre and the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre. D’Eugenio spoke about the influence the new facilities had in his decision to apply to UMBC and become a part of the theatre design and production program, saying that “they are built to the standards of today and offer a real broadway style experience. Working with lighting systems that are being used in professional theaters gives me an advantage when applying for jobs.” Read more … Continue reading Faculty, PAHB in Baltimore Sun

Production by Alan Kreizenbeck, Theatre, at David Mikow Art Gallery

comfort/drones, an original production by Alan Kreizenbeck, theatre, will open in the David Mikow Art Gallery, Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. The play, based on the writings of Wallace Shawn, is embedded with questions about morality. It is the first play to take place in the David Mikow Art Gallery, operated by Carolyn Forestiere, political science, and Asher Mikow. A group discussion will follow the performance. Performances will take place Friday and Sunday, November 17 and 19, and Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, at 7pm each evening. The David Mikow Art Gallery is located at 1002 Vineyard Hill Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. … Continue reading Production by Alan Kreizenbeck, Theatre, at David Mikow Art Gallery

Production by Susan McCully, Theatre, Reviewed by NY Theatre

The Fringe NYC performances of Inexcusable Fantasies — written by Susan McCully, theatre, and directed by Eve Muson, theatre — received praise in a NYTheatre.com review released last week. Read the article here: “Inexcusable Fantasies” The review of the “masterfully-written two-woman piece,” written by Andrew Rothkin, details the comedy as an honest, intelligent coming-of-age story that invites the viewer into McCully’s “baring [of] her very soul.” Rothkin says, “I was awed by McCully’s wordsmithery, her intricately woven stream of words whose meanings and allusions seemed three steps ahead of me.” He also commends the acting and chemistry of both McCully and Rachel Hirshorn ’04, theatre, as incredibly solid … Continue reading Production by Susan McCully, Theatre, Reviewed by NY Theatre

Fringe NYC Production Featuring Theatre Faculty in The Villager

Inexcusable Fantasies, written by Susan McCully, theatre, directed by Eve Muson, theatre, and starring McCully and Rachel Hirshorn ’04, theatre, has been selected as one of The Villager‘s featured Fringe NYC productions, in the article “They came from the Academic Milieu” The production, has been performed at a number of venues, including the Prague Film Festival in 2012, the Strand Theatre Company this year and various other international festivals since 2004, and will be a part of this year’s New York City International Fringe Festival, Fringe NYC, program Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24. Learn more about the production at GrrlParts.com; find time … Continue reading Fringe NYC Production Featuring Theatre Faculty in The Villager

Production by Susan McCully, Theatre, at Fringe NYC

Inexcusable Fantasies, written by Susan McCully, theatre, and directed by Eve Muson, theatre, will be part of this year’s New York City International Fringe Festival, Fringe NYC, program. Performances will take place Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24. About Inexcusable Fantasies (GrrlParts.com): “Martha Stewart, motorcycles, and Grandma’s Oil of Olay jar. What do they have in common? They are just a few of the often hilarious obsessions Susan McCully visits in Inexcusable Fantasies a show about sexual politics, lust ‘over forty, cloning, eye replacement surgery, and the unmistakably erotic powers of Martha Stewart’s marzipan.” The production, starring Susan McCully and Rachel Hirshorn ’04, … Continue reading Production by Susan McCully, Theatre, at Fringe NYC

Susan McCully, Theatre, Interviewed for What Weekly

What Weekly magazine featured Susan McCully, Senior Lecturer for the Department of Theatre, in an interview for their website last week. In the interview, she discusses the evolution of her work as a playwright and performer, and its influence in the “Baltimore Renaissance”. “[Interviewer]: What do you think is the over-arching theme of our conversation? Susan: Emergence. I feel like I’m at a place in my life where I’m emerging. That word is usually attached to someone in their 20’s. And there are all kinds of reasons why I’m emerging now, but I feel emotionally and artistically grown up now and … Continue reading Susan McCully, Theatre, Interviewed for What Weekly

Alan Kreizenbeck, Theatre, On The Freeman Institute Workshop in Japan Studies

Associate professor Alan Kreizenbeck, theatre, attended the 2012 Summer Freeman Institute Workshop in Japan Studies, which was held at Tokai International College in Honolulu, Hawaii from May 20 to June 10. The workshop was sponsored by the Japan Studies Association, and involved Kreizenbeck and thirteen other scholars from across the United States. The scholars attended lectures covering a breadth of material, covering Japanese history, religion, literature, visual arts, music, theatre, social policy and international relations. The workshops also afforded Kreizenbeck and his colleagues an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the Japanese language through interactions with young native Japanese speakers. “I would recommend applying to this workshop to anyone interested in learning … Continue reading Alan Kreizenbeck, Theatre, On The Freeman Institute Workshop in Japan Studies

New Play From Alumna Erica Smith ’03, Theater, Debuts

The Mobtown Players are producing the latest play by Laurel resident and alumna Erica Smith ’03, theater. The play is entitled Come Out and Say It, and was chosen from among three by local playwrights which were given staged readings last fall by the Mobtown Playwrights Group (MPG), according to theater website BroadwayWorld Baltimore. The synopsis given on The Mobtown Players’ website goes as follows: “Five people. Four pros. Three murderers. Two lovers. One miscalculation. As Vale deals with the aftermath of a heist gone wrong, he sees his plans—and his life—fall apart before his eyes.  In Come Out and … Continue reading New Play From Alumna Erica Smith ’03, Theater, Debuts

Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed by the Baltimore Sun

Arts critic Mike Giuliano, writing for the Patuxent Papers and The Baltimore Sun, gave high marks to the Department of Theatre’s current production, Incorruptible, in a review published today. “Director Colette Searls ensures that the plot’s zany complications keep coming our way,” he remarked, while also mentioning set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu, associate professor of Theatre; and students Brad Widener, Daniel Friedman, Anderson Wells, Christopher Dews, Samantha Van Sant, Sydney Kleinberg, David Brasington and Jessica Ruth Baker. Read the full review here. Continue reading Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed by the Baltimore Sun

Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed in BroadwayWorld (4/19)

The Department of Theatre’s current production, Incorruptible, which runs through April 28, received praise from critic Jack L. B. Gohn of BroadwayWorld.com in a review published on April 19 (click here to read). In conclusion he remarked, “Incorruptible is a hoot. You should go.” Theatre students Sydney Kleinberg, Christopher Dews and Jessica Ruth Baker all received mentions. For more information about the production, which is directed by Colette Searls, associate professor Theatre, visit the Arts & Culture Calendar. Continue reading Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed in BroadwayWorld (4/19)

Susan McCully, Theatre, Interviewed on WYPR

Susan McCully, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and artistic director of the Grrl Parts theatre festival, was interviewed by Tom Hall on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast. The interview, which aired on Tuesday, March 6, focused on the Grrl Parts performances at UMBC March 7 through 11 and at CENTERSTAGE in downtown Baltimore on March 17. An audio file of the interview is available on WYPR’s website here. Continue reading Susan McCully, Theatre, Interviewed on WYPR

Alan Kreizenbeck, Theater, to Participate in Freeman Summer Institute on Japan

Alan Kreizenbeck, chair of theater, has been selected by the Japan Studies Association to be a participant in the 2012 Freeman Summer Institute on Japan. The Institute will operate at Hawaii Tokai International College in Honolulu from Sunday, May 20 thru Friday, June 8, 2012. The workshop aims to provide knowledge about Japan that faculty can use for curriculum development at their home institution. Kreizenbeck will be developing a course that focuses on various forms of Japanese theatre such as Noh, Kabuki, Kyogen and Bunraku.  Most expenses are covered by the Freeman Institute, and additional fees are covered by the Dean of … Continue reading Alan Kreizenbeck, Theater, to Participate in Freeman Summer Institute on Japan

Department of Theatre’s “The Laramie Project” in The Baltimore Sun

The Department of Theatre’s production of The Laramie Project, directed by Nyalls Hartman (associate professor), received a review in The Baltimore Sun and Howard County Times by critic Mike Giuliano on December 7, and received a review in Maryland Theatre Guide by UMBC alumna Amanda Gunther on December 9. The production concludes its run at the UMBC Theatre on Sunday, December 11. Continue reading Department of Theatre’s “The Laramie Project” in The Baltimore Sun