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Woman with a puppet
August 2, 2022
The School of Drama is saddened by the passing of former professor and alum Aurora Valentinetti. As a student, Aurora filled in as a puppeteer for a fellow student who left to serve in World War II. The audience reaction in the Showboat Theatre that night launched her career as a puppeteer. Aurora would go on to teach at UW, perform regular holiday and television performances in Seattle, and organized a traveling troupe to reach thousands of children around the state. Her legacy as an educator... Read more
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June 16, 2022
Dear Friends, As I write this, the University of Washington, has just completed a weekend of commencement at Husky Stadium, holding graduation ceremonies for three years of graduates (classes of ’20, ’21, & ’22) over two days. On Saturday, for the class of ’22, the keynote commencement address was given by Ron Simons, an alumnus of the School of Drama. Ron completed his MFA in Acting in 2001 and went on to an unprecedented career as an actor and Tony-award-winning producer. Ron spoke openly... Read more
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