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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
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.
Erick Chavarria, ’05
Erick was born and raised in Guatemala before moving to the United States for college. On stage he has appeared as Valentin in The Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Marmeladov in an original production of Crime & Punishment. Some notable television credits include Eastbound & Down, The Bridge, Back in The Game, and Southland.
Aaron Moss, ’07 
Aaron has worked as an NYC based actor, appearing in over a dozen national commercials, recording voiceover narrations for books and films, and appearing in TV shows on NBC and HBO. Aaron graduated from Yale School of Drama in 2010 with an MFA in Acting, and moved onto an award winning stage career. Aaron is an Assistant Professor of Theater at SUNY Buffalo State.
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 a Helen Hayes 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
Renata Melillo Townsend, ’08 
Renata is the Assistant Director of Education/Public Engagement, overseeing family engagement content and programs of The New Victory. She is a member of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company. As an actor and puppeteer she has appeared at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Park Avenue Armory and Classic Stage Company. She is additionally a consultant and Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Theater, Opening Act, Circle in the Square Theatre School.
Katie Hileman, ’12
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 FringeNYC.
Jonathan Jacobs, ’13Jonathan is the Youth Opportunities Coordinator at Baltimore Youth Arts, an arts education and job readiness program focused on youth who have had contact with the justice system. Jonathan is also a freelance actor who has appeared in productions with companies such as Annex Theater, Iron Crow Theatre, and Single Carrot Theatre. Rachel Hirshorn Johnston, ’04
Rachel is a certified Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Rachel coaches individuals, government, and corporate clients in voice, dialect, and public speaking and presentation skills. She graduated from University of Missouri – Kansas City with her MFA in Acting in 2010. Rachel is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at Texas Tech University School of Theatre and Dance. Learn more at
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. Damon Meledones,‘09
Damon is a photographer, cinematographer, and digital imaging technician living in the Washington, D.C. area. Learn more at his website
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 or see her interview on
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
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, ’04Gbenga 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
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 Education Manager at URTA in New York. Upon leaving UMBC she was the Program Coordinator of International Programing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jeremy Mayo, ’17Jeremy is is a Lighting Designer based in the Baltimore/Washington metro area. He is currently the resident Master Electrician at Florida Repertory Theatre, as well as the Lighting Designer for their professional conservatory. Learn more at