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How to Self-Produce Theatre, with Interrobang Theatre

October 23rd, Noon – 1:30 PM
Location: Acting Directing Studio (ADS) – PAHB 105
Free, catered event, with good vegetarian options

Description: So you want to produce a play? Katie and Kiirstn share how they established their theatre company, Interrobang Theatre, as recent graduates of UMBC’s theatre program and share tips on how to produce plays with a limited budget and resources in Baltimore. Learn how to make #art with your #friends.

Bios: Katie Hileman (Artistic Director/Co-Founder), UMBC BFA Acting ‘12, is a Baltimore-based DIY theatre-maker, director, and performer currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre from Towson University. Katie is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Interrobang Theatre Company (Winner, Best of Charm City Fringe 2014), where she has written, acted, directed, and cleaned toilets. Katie has worked with many local companies including The Acme Corporation, Submersive Productions, Venus Theatre Company, Cohesion Theatre Company, Rep Stage, Single Carrot Theatre, and more.

Kiirstn Pagan (Producer/Co-Founder), UMBC BA Theatre ‘11 (stage management concentration), is a photographer and graphic designer with extensive experience in marketing strategy. She is a co-founder of Interrobang and has overseen all Interrobang brand identity development and marketing campaigns over its five-year existence. She has previously worked on the in house marketing teams at Baltimore Center Stage and Everyman Theatre. Kiirstn is grateful for the opportunities and friendships UMBC has provided her and continues to offer beyond graduation.

CIRCA Co-sponsored Events in Dance, Music and Theater

In Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020 CIRCA will partner with the departments of Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts to produce high-impact public events at UMBC. You’ll find some of the new offerings, below. We thank Dr. Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for his ongoing support of CIRCA.

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Ruckus

October 24, 7:30 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
The Ruckus new music ensemble opens UMBC’s annual new music festival — Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward — with a program of music featuring: Feuilles à travers les cloches (1999) by Tristan Murail; Dust Encapsulated #2 (2009) by Rune Glerup; Toward (2012) by Mischa Salkind-Pearl
Thème et variations (1932) by Olivier Messiaen; torsion (2009) by Katharina Rosenberger; Palindromes (1988) by Ben Johnston

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Student Composers

October 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
The next generation of emerging talent is showcased in this concert, featuring premieres and works in progress by UMBC student composers, performed by their colleagues.

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Third Practice

October 25, 2019 7:30 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
The vocal ensemble Third Practice presents the North American premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s rarely performed 12 Madrigali — 17th-century haiku by the poet Basho that are turned inside out and upside down in the ‘“unreliable mirror” of Sciarrino’s otherworldly music.

Third Practice

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Pendulum Clocks

October 26, 5:00 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Soprano Susan Botti and clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich present the premiere of Rahilia Hasanova‘s chamber opera for two performers, Pendulum Clocks (2014). In the world of contemporary classical music, Rahilia Hasanova is known as a brilliant and prolific composer with a unique and powerful voice. The strength of her music is in bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures — by combining the essence of her native Azerbaijani culture and traditional music that represents the East with the contemporary classical music traditions of the West, Hasanova creates unparalleled music forms and materials that are as diverse as they are unforgettable.

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Inscape Chamber Orchestra

October 27, 3:00 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Founded in 2004 by artistic director Richard Scerbo, Inscape Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience.

Umbilicus: Balderdash

October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Music Box
In a program entitled “Balderdash,” the percussion quartet Umbilicus will perform works by Will Redman, Tom Goldstein, Jennifer Walshe and others, including: Burners: End to End by Will Redman; Deck by Will Redman; Evergreen by Tom Goldstein; A new work (premiere) by Tom Goldstein; THIS IS WHY PEOPLE O.D. ON PILLS/AND JUMP FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE by Jennifer Walshe.

Umbilicus: Balderdash

Musica Spira: The Ugly Virtuosa

November 14 7:30 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Musica Spira, featuring Grace Srinivasan, soprano, and Paula Maust, harpsichord, with guest artist Stephanie Zimmerman, baroque violin, present “The Ugly Virtuosa — Reviews of the Women Behind the Music.” Women’s rise to fame as professional musicians on stage in the seventeenth century coincided with the birth of print journalism and music criticism. The very presence of women on the public stage sparked numerous social, religious, and legal debates throughout western Europe. From those who decried the immorality of female performers to those who fetishized, courted, and even assaulted them, most early modern men who were writing seemed to have strong opinions about the women on stage. The female perspective on this critical issue in the history of women’s rights is sadly lost to history.



CIRCA Director Nohe Exhibits in Europe

Tim Nohe will be screening his “data-mosh” video Bell Labs Mosh in the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin video library in Berlin, from August 20 – 25 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. That work will also screen in the IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands in a  program called Co-opting Entities, on October 31st.

Chelsea Pace’s Scholarly Activities

The Department of Theater’s Chelsea Pace presented “Making Contact: Considerations for Touch in Voice Training” at the Voice and Speech Trainers Association with UMBC Theater Professor Lynn Watson and Adriano Cabral of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Assistant Professor Pace also presented at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Orlando in the Acting and Directing Pre-Conference on consent. Building on her international reputation she offered trainings on intimacy and consent: Culture Change or Choreography: How to Bring Appropriate Intimacy Protocol into All Aspects of the Work and The Changing Nature of Consent in Actor Training Today. She also referenced the work that she did in Spring 2019 with Eve Muson at UMBC:Four Physical Approaches to Poetically Staging Transitions in Naomi Izuka’s Anonymous.

Theater’s Susan McCully, Chelsea Pace and alumna Katie Hileman at National Conference

Theater colleagues presented at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Orlando. The panel featured presentations and discussion on “Devising Feminist Structures for Playwriting” featuring Chelsea Pace and Susan McCully, and alumna Katie Hileman. Professor Pace discussed her process for devising “Gwyneth” which will be presented at UMBC this spring. Professor McCully discussed the creation of her play “Girls on a Dirt Pile” which will be produced at UMBC this coming fall. Katie Hileman (BFA ’12) discussed her plays “Chlamydia” and “I Will Eat You”- the latter her thesis project as she pursues an MFA at Towson University.

Lisa Moren’s research featured in The Guardian

The augmented reality artwork of IMDA MFA Graduate Program Director Lisa Moren was prominently profiled in a new piece in The Guardian titled Left to rot: the new global effort to preserve lost monuments.

Seeing Science appears in The Guardian

Seeing Science by the CADVC’s Marvin Heiferman was prominently featured in an online story by Guy Lane in the Art and Design section of The Guardian. Seeing Science offers an insightful and reader-friendly collection of essays and pictures about photography’s role in visualizing science and building human knowledge-from micro to macro levels and everything in between. The book was published by the Aperture Foundation and the CADVC at UMBC.

IMDA Alumna Dilay Koçogullari ’19 admitted to PhD Program

Ms. Koçogullari has secured a position in the new Interdisciplinary PhD program at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland. Students in the three year program may study in the areas of Painting and Sculpture, Interior Architecture and Design, Ceramics and Glass, and Graphics and Media Art. Dilay Kocogullari’s thesis installation “Toward the Healing of Souls: Crocheting, Collaborating, and Commemorating” was presented as a memorial to the increasing number of women murdered in her home country, Turkey. Her work won the IMDA 2019 MFA Award. Dilay Kocogullari uses living organisms as art material to explore current health and social justice issues, ranging from nutrition to infant coronary disease and femicide. She was born in Turkey, where she received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Osmangazi a B.A. in Plastic Arts from Yeditepe University, and an M.A. in Painting from Onsekiz Mart University.

IMDA MFA alumnus Chris Kojzar – Culture Blast: Drawing Workshop at IA&A Hillyer

Chris Kojzar offered a drawing workshop and discussion about what it means to openly engage in artistic practice in a public space. He started with a presentation about his practice and the implications of surveillance in 21st century America, and participants walked together through the Dupont neighborhood to sketch outdoors and discuss the idea of drawing in the public space. This drawing workshop was produced in conjunction with Kojzar’s exhibition Plainclothes Agenda.

IMDA MFA alumna Mollye Bendell ’18 debuts new VR work at Harvestworks

Ms. Bendell has been working as an artist in residence at Harvestworks, a digital media arts organization founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977. The New York center has helped a generation of artists create new works using evolving technologies. Her forthcoming virtual reality work is called the language of the angels. This interactive artwork takes place in a single bedroom, and explores both the gamification of virtual spaces and changing conceptions of space and place within our own consciousness. Her exacting Virtual Reality model of her bedroom questions our increasingly strange passage through the uncanny valley of simulation & immersion. She presented her initial findings on July 27th at Nolan Park, on Governors Island.

Music’s Dr. Janice Macaulay releases new recording

Dr. Janice Macaulay released a new recording of her composition Three Pieces for String Quartet, on a compilation album on the Navona label called Quadrants, Vol. 3, by the Altius String Quartet. Macaulay’s Three Pieces for String Quartet creates dynamic, lyrical, and playful interactions among the players, including: Joshua Ulrich, violin; Andrew Giordano, violin; Andrew Krimm, viola; and Zachary Reaves, cello. For more information:

Visual Arts alumna and official UMBC photographer Marlayna Demond wins accolades

Proud that UMBC’s own Marlayna Demond ’11 was named “Best Photographer” by Baltimore Magazine in the Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll. Ms. Demond works both as a freelance photographer, and for the UMBC Office of Institutional Advancement. As an undergraduate student Ms. Demond was a Linehan Artist Scholar and member of the Honors College.