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"The Linehan Artist Scholars are an outstanding group of talented young artists, actors, and musicians. They enrich UMBC¹s vibrant cultural life and show great promise for the future."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Theatre Student Shares Screen with Stars in Runaway Bride

Playing a love-struck high school track star, Garrett Wright, a Linehan Artist Scholar at UMBC, can be seen trying to win Julia Roberts' attention (and her affections) in the new film, Runaway Bride, which was filmed in Maryland.

A senior from Prince George's County, Maryland, Wright is no stranger to stage or screen. During his freshman year at UMBC, he performed with the cast of Diary of a Scoundrel at the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Since then, he has earned parts in Molière's Tartuffe (1997), Chekhov's The Seagull (1998), and John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation (1999), all produced by the Maryland Stage Company, UMBC's resident professional theatre company, during summer performances at Center Stage. Before his current role in Runaway Bride, Wright also appeared in John Waters' most recent film, Pecker.

This summer, Wright has been working as dramaturg for UMBC assistant professor of theatre Rebecca Brown, for an upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew to be staged next year in New York City. This fall, he hopes to work with playwright Eric Bogosian and other theatrical talent as a Directing Fellow in Center Stage's Theater for a New Generation project. Following graduation in spring 2000, he plans to pursue his M.F.A. and is interested in directing and researching theatrical work concerned with social justice.

The Linehan Artist Scholars program at UMBC was created four years ago to attract outstanding students in the visual and performing arts. Currently, there are 68 students in the program, most of whom receive full-tuition scholarships to UMBC. The program is named for its major supporters, Earl and Darielle Linehan.

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