UMBC Alums Transform the Written Word

Published: Jan 1, 1970

(Strickland headshot)

Here at UMBC, we take pride in what our alums accomplish after graduation. Take a moment to see which Retrievers have been on the move and making news!

Monica GallagherMonica Gallagher ’01, visual arts, wrote Part-Time Princesses, which was nominated as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The graphic novel follows the lives of four girls’ plans after high school fall apart, go to work as costume princesses at a local amusement park and end up defending their job to a gang of local thugs.

To find out more about Gallagher’s nomination, click here.


StricklandVanessa Strickland ’06, theatre, wrote and directed “Materialize,” a puppet show exploring themes of identity. The idea for Stickland’s puppet show centered around identity, came about following a question she posted on social media asking people to share about an experience they have had where they felt invisible or dehumanized. She has taken their responses and put them to motion by way of several vignettes. 
Click here to read more.

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