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Featured Alumni

A Theatre Degree from UMBC can lead to a number of diverse career paths. Featured here is just a small sampling of what some of the UMBC Department of Theatre Graduates have done after graduation.

Matthew McGloin, ’05 
Matthew is a freelance AEA actor who has appeared on TV/Film as well as several regional theatre stages. You can always find out the latest going on with this multitalented actor at MatthewMcGloin.com.
Alexander Scally, ’09 
Alex is currently working as a freelance actor around the Baltimore Area. He is also the lead teaching artist at Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore, MD.
Ellen Line, ’10
Ellen has held administrative positions at Baltimore Theater Project and Trinity Repertory Company, but love took her to Austin, TX. While in Texas she worked as a Teaching Artist with Creative Action and then decided upon graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. She is pursuing a Masters in Social Work
William K. D’Eugenio, ’15
Wiliam is an award winning Freelance Lighting and Sound Designer. He has designed for the Kennedy Center, RepStage, Olney Theatre Center, and Theatre J (just to name a few). An online portfolio is available at WilliamkDEugenio.com.
Renata Melillo Townsend, ’08 
Renata completed an MA in Applied Theater from The CUNY, School of Professional Studies. She is currently the Assistant Director of Education/Public Engagement at the New Victory Theatre. You can read more about her diverse career in theatre here.
Katie Hileman, ’15
Katie is the
founding Artistic Director of The Interrobang Theatre Company of Baltimore. She’s also a freelance actor who has appeared on numerous stages, including RepStage and FingeNYC.
Kiirstn Pagan, ’11Kiirstn is the Graphic Designer & Video Producer at Everyman Theatre and the Managing Director of The Interrobang Theatre Company. Kiirstn also works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer when she is not working for Everyman and Interrobang. Johnathan Jacobs, ’13Johnathan is the VISTA Studio Apprentice Coordinator at Baltimore Youth Arts. He is also a freelance actor who has appeared on Multiple stages around Baltimore including Single Carrot Theatre, Annex Theatre, and Stillpointe Theatre.
Marianne Hayden, ’03
 Marianne is a Linehan Artist scholar who received an MFA from The California Institute of the Arts. Marianne found a career in animation after UMBC and has worked at a range of studios, including Naughty Dog, Inc. 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. You can read an lovely interview with her at Behind the Cinematic.
McKenzie Chinn, ’06
 McKenzie is an actor, writer and filmaker, living and working in Chicago. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul where she was a Sarah Siddons Scholar. In 2015, she was one of five fellowship recipients for the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts – more about that here. Read more about her HatchFund.org or see her interview on filmcourage.com.
Lena Salins, ’12
 Lena went into freelance Stage Managment soon after leaving UMBC. She is currently the Production Manager at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Daphne Gardner, ’09
 Daphne currently lives in NY and is currently a Producer, Director, and editor for Comedy Central. Learn more about her at DaphneGardner.com
Susan Mohr, ’75

Susan, better known as Tootsie Duvall, has appeared in numerous films and television series. She has worked steadily as an actress since her graduation. Read more about her experiences and her Retriever story here.

Erica Lauren Ortiz, ’06
 Erica is the Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development at Odyssey Media. You can read her UMBC story here.
Gbenga Idowu, ’04
Gbenga is a producer and director known for White Rasta (2010), Symptoms of Love (2014) and Life of Pi (2012). He is currently Manager of the International Post-Production Department at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, CA.
Eric Messner, ’01,

Eric is a freelance AEA Actor who has worked his UMBC trained acting skills in Film, Television, and on the stage. Read about his UMBC experience. And check out the latest from him at EricMMessner.com.
Jeff Miller, ’15Jeff is a freelance actor and teaching artist. He currently works as a Teaching Artist for both the Drama Learning Center and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Sara Ross, ’11Sara is the Program Coordinator of International Programing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.