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Featured Students:
Susanna Abler | Emily Godfrey | John Martinez | Maia Parker | Alexia Petasis | Scott Sainz | Teresa Whittemore

Susanna Abler

BFRB: An Animated PSA

BFRB: An Animated PSA
Image by Susanna Abler

BFRB: An Animated PSA
Mentor: Corrie Parks, Visual Arts
Location: Fine Arts Recital Hall | Time: 2 – 2:15 p.m.

I suffer from a body focused repetitive disorder (or BFRB) called Trichotillomania, which means I have a compulsive need to pull out my own hair. It’s something I’ve struggled with for much of my life. There’s not much out there in regards to awareness or treatments for this disorder. Previously, I’d wanted to do a series of drawings about my struggles, representing my body as a garden I was destroying. However, they didn’t work out so I put that idea on the back-burner. When time came for our animation final, I realized I could adapt this concept to an animation. An animation about BFRB’s could both bring awareness to these disorders and educate others as to what dealing with it is like. I animated this with hand drawn work in Photoshop. My animation process involved dividing each scene into its own file and working in layers. I started with a sketch, then did line work in another layer. Once I was happy with the movement in the line work, I filled in colors on their own separate layers underneath the line work. I exported each scene and combined them together in Premiere, where I added sound and music.


Emily Godfrey

Emily Godfrey

Photograph by Hansel Motiram

stoP ActiNg Hysterical
Mentor: Doug Hamby, Dance
Location: Dance Cube | Time: 10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

“stoP ActiNg hysterical” is a dance piece that challenges the societal view and stigmatization of panic attacks. “stoP ActiNg hysterical” will be premiered at the Spring Dance Showcase in May 2019. Due to biases, preconceived notions, and lack of understanding, the topic of mental health awareness has been pushed aside and not taken seriously, especially in adolescents and young adults. Panic Disorder, defined in the DSM-5, is an anxiety disorder based on the occurrence of recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, an abrupt surge of intense fear. The dance is a deconstruction of the biological symptoms of panic attacks and analyzes the societal stigmatization that acts as a barrier to people seeking help. Created on four dancers, the choreographer was created in undefined movement sections, while holding onto the overall timeline structure of the piece. The movement is inspired by humanistic gestures, bodily contortions, and physically demanding locomotion that recollects the symptoms and internal emotions of a panic attack. The dancers are a manifestation of the physical symptoms of panic disorder and represent the parts of society discriminating against the illness and not providing the needed support because of preconceived misconceptions.


John Martinez

"What You Mean To Me"

“What You Mean To Me”
Image by John Martinez

What You Mean To Me
Mentor: Corrie Parks, Visual Arts
Location: Fine Arts Recital Hall | Time: 2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

What You Mean To Me, a 2:15 minute animated short film, is about a hulking, daisy creature that falls in love with a small, daisy flower and his attempt to help it in in order to gain the flower’s love. This piece is a self-portrait, based on my first love. I wanted the style of the film to come off as soft and heartwarming, so I used pastel colors and round shapes to achieve that tone. Animated in Photoshop, I was able to digitally draw everything and puppet the individual parts of the creature and flower so that I could move the parts frame by frame. By composing the music myself, I could match the timing of the visuals to the music, emphasizing the visuals and adding harmony to the whole piece. The decision to not include sound effects was to add more focus on the emotion that the body language of the creature and music create. In the end, the individual pieces of the short film come together to present a relatable, bitter sweet story of love that could not be.


Maia Parker

Is Baltimore City Meeting The Needs Of Students: The Integration Of Latinx Students Into Baltimore City Schools

Is Baltimore City Meeting The Needs Of Students: The Integration Of Latinx Students Into Baltimore City Schools
Image by Maia Parker

Is Baltimore City Meeting The Needs Of Students: The Integration Of Latinx Students Into Baltimore City Schools
Mentor: Jennifer Mata-McMahon, Education
Location: UC Ballroom | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

With the recent influx of Latinx immigrants the demographics of Baltimore City have changed within communities and schools, which has lead to a need for schools to adjust. While some schools now have a majority Latinx population others have a small percentage, however, many of the obstacles faced by the schools in order to support the students are similar. Integration,viewed as a systemic support of students academics, culture, community, and language, plays a large role in the success of the children coming into these schools. By analyzing how Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) assist in integrating Latinx students, it is clear that by incorporating different cultures, it benefits all students. By interviewing 12 school administrators and 12 ESOL coordinators/teachers from six BCPS, a better understanding of the services provided to assist Latinx students’ integration was achieved, as well as a description of the perceived impact these services have on students’ overall success.


Alexia Petasis

shadows of three dancing women

Becoming Survivor: Understanding Human Trafficking Through Dance – Alexia Petasis

Becoming Survivor: Understanding Human Trafficking Through Dance
Mentor: Steven McAlpine, Individualized Studies; Doug Hamby, Dance Department
Location: Dance Cube 337 PAHB |10:30-10:45 a.m.

This live dance performance, titled “Becoming Survivor”, explores the issue of human trafficking from a survivor’s perspective. Thanks to an Undergraduate Research Award, Alexia traveled to NYC to shadow activist choreographer Sarah Panayiotou, founder of BABEL Movement. BABEL Movement is a social justice dance company that uses dance to initiate social change. BABEL Movement partners with other social justice organizations to increase the rate at which they make an impact in addressing issues of inequality, racism, human trafficking, and more. This research included conducting interviews with dancers and audience members, participating in field studies, and observing Panayiotou’s choreographic process to gather information on the most effective ways to choreograph social issues. As a result of this research, this piece was choreographed to raise awareness about the realities of domestic sex trafficking in the United States. This dance was researched and developed with some of the methodologies and advice from Panayiotou. This piece calls attention to the various ways a victim can become trapped in the life of human trafficking and offers a deeper understanding of the manipulation into exploitation that occurs.


Scott Sainz

Light Show by Scott Sainz

Light Show Using “The Most Powerful Console On The Market”
Image by Scott Sainz

Light Show Using “The Most Powerful Console On The Market”
Mentor: Adam Mendelson, Theatre
Location: UC Ballroom Lounge | Time: 1:00p – 3:00 p.m. (show will run every 15 minutes, starting at 1:15)

As part of my URA, I researched the GrandMA2 lighting control system with the intention and purpose of using the system to program lights to music for a light show and a live band. This show was produced in the Proscenium Theatre on February 15th, 2019. As MA Lighting says on its website, the GranMA offers an integrated MA System that supplies optimal solutions for sophisticated projects with complex system requirements. for large scale shows and concert production. I learned how to use the system, and I then brought the information back to UMBC Theatre. The light show I created in February visually displayed my proficiency on the system. Following the show, I hosted a master class to discuss some of what I find to be most unique about the system. I have also made myself a valuable resource as a programmer for local companies in the industry. I plan to continue my research to become a better and more knowledgeable programmer. At URCAD, I am hosting another light show to display my research and proficiency. By creating a second show I hope further my proficiency on the system. With practice I will become a better and faster programm


Teresa Whittemore

Teresa Whittemore

Photograph by Francisco Jauregui

When Eve And Eve Bit The Apple
Mentor: Doug Hamby, Dance
Location: Dance Cube | Time: 11 – 11:15 a.m.

“When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple,” is a duet choreographed by Teresa Whittemore, which premiered in UMBC’s 2018 Fall Dance Showcase. This work focuses on identity, its components, and the rejection of its permanence, specifically in the lives of queer people. It illustrates and challenges the perception that one characteristic or lifestyle-choice prohibits the presence another. The sound-score for my dance includes excerpts from an essay by Caitlin O’Keefe, in which she describes her experiences living as an evangelical Christian and a lesbian, and how she struggled to accommodate the union of church, homosexual love, and self. Through use of intricate partnering work and gaze, dancers Sarah Brewer and Michelle Ye embody this conflict. It opens with a solo performed by Brewer, whose movements represent a personal battle between what is expected and what is intriguing. Later, Ye enters, embodying the intriguing, liberated lifestyle that Brewer pursues. The dancers’ exchanges and movements allow an audience to observe the restrictions Brewer feels, drawn both to her faith and her sexuality. Labeling queer people as “different” serves as means to isolate and marginalize them, which influences both their experiences and agency in their own identity, as illustrated in this work.