How to Chill Out

A great way to reconnect, relax, and recenter is through yoga. Let Joella Lubaszewski ’10 teach you the art of finding your calm.


Different disciplines are training up social justice-minded students to do no harm in the communities they work with, one thriving relationship at a time.

The Show Must Go On

UMBC Magazine sat down with five alumni working in Hollywood to hear how they got their start, and what has kept them going creatively during the pandemic.

Investing in Early Childhood Literacy

Louise Izat and Donna Helm met their first week of classes in 1966. More than 50 years later, the pair endowed a scholarship for students working in education.

Student actors stand on a darkly lit stage

UMBC’s latest graduates in the arts forge new creative paths despite a challenging year

The past pandemic year saw arts communities unable to connect with audiences in traditional ways. Usually reliant on people gathering together to experience their work, creators and performers were thrust online. Some artistic experiences were rendered impossible, but the challenging situation didn’t slow the creative efforts of visual and performing artists of UMBC’s Class of 2021.

Building the Magic

If Peter Wood ’06, theatre, is doing his job well, you’ll never notice what he’s doing. It should look effortless and natural, smooth and, well, magical.

Girls on a Dirt Pile

UMBC’s newest arts grads forge ahead with creative work, despite a year apart

As the pandemic surged across the country last spring, university arts venues closed their doors, but that didn’t stop UMBC artists from creating. Without the traditional opportunities for collaboration that can be so important in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, they turned to new approaches and to individual projects with determination and passion.

Creating new pathways: Meet ten UMBC arts graduates advancing their fields

Majoring in the arts requires intense levels of stamina and self-discipline — long hours rehearsing, creating, writing, designing, interpreting — coupled with an inner drive for inquiry and perfection. UMBC’s undergraduate and graduate students in the arts are no exception, reaching forward even in this era of social distancing.

Alumni Business Q&A: Interrobang Theatre Company

Kiirstn Pagan ’11, theatre, talks about what it takes to manage a theatre company, and how maintaining their connections to UMBC has helped keep them strong.

Beautiful Dreamer

Stan VanDerBeek, who taught at UMBC for almost a decade, was more than an artist; he was a visionary who thought beyond limits and boundaries.

acting and sociology, and Hannah Kelly ’17, acting, pose for

Keeping Pace with Theatrical Intimacy 

Staging intimacy—which includes everything from holding hands to simulated sex—can be one of the most challenging parts of producing a play. 

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