School of Drama Blog

Summer at UW

It's official! School is out for summer! But the students, faculty and staff are staying very busy during the next three months. Read on to learn more about what our School of Drama community will be doing this summer - and be sure to check out some of the productions featuring UW talent! 

Alyssa Franks (PATP Student) - Alyssa will be exploring the San Juan Islands this summer as she performs in Shakespeare's The Tempsest with Island Stage Left, along with fellow PATP student Xavier Bleuel. You can catch the show between July 11th and August 12th on Orcas, Shaw, Lopez, and San Juan. More information at www.islandstageleft.org. Additionally, Alyssa will be participating in faculty member Cathy Madden's Alexander workshop in Friday Harbor! 

Holly Arsenault (BA Alum, Staff) - In addition to her position as Director of Engagement, Holly is an award-...

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Anything Goes / Lighting Design by Matt Webb / Photo by Alan Alabastro

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the professional world. Today, in our final installment of this series, we meet graduating MFA lighting designer Matt Webb! You can see some of Matt's work from his time here at UW in the slideshow above.

Matt Webb / Photo by Kyler MartinWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
Well, I know a heck of a lot more about Seattle’s theatre scene, and the way that a city can be integrated with a university theatre department. I really didn’t know anything at all about Seattle or...

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Kayleah Lewis as Chloris in UTS' Penelopiad, Lights: Stokke Ziqi Xu, Costumes: Jenna Bellavia, Photo: Olivia Hagan

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the world. Today, we meet graduating Drama major Kayleah Lewis, a double major in Drama Performance and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Hailing from Federal Way, about 30 minutes south of Seattle, Kayleah says, "My family was very low-income, so until I got into UW, I had been in more theatre productions than I had seen." Kayleah's heart lies in acting, but, she says, she hasn't found a part of theatre that she doesn't "love to pieces." 

Kayleah Lewis

What do you know now that you...

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Bridget McKevitt and Bria Henderson in Trojan Women: A Love Story / Costume Design by Emily Woods Hogue / Photo by Robert Wade

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the professional world. Today, we meet graduating MFA costume designer Emily Woods Hogue! You can see some of Emily's work from her time here at UW in the slideshow above.

Emily Woods Hogue / Photo by Kyler MartinWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
One of the things that I came to grad school for was definitely to become a better renderer, like to be able to draw better, ‘cause when Deb [Trout, Head of Design] saw my work at URTA they were like blimpy stick figures, and...

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Iphigenia and Other Daughters

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the world. Today, we meet graduating Drama major Katrin Hosseini. Originally from Tehran, Iran, Katrin moved to the U.S. in 2012. She is earning a double degree in Drama and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In the theatre, Katrin is a chameleon whose interests include acting, directing, and playwriting. She's also added marketing and promotion to the mix and the Undergraduate Theatre Society's Social Media Coordinator and Webmaster. 

Katrin HosseiniWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started here? 
I...

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Anything Goes / Set Design by Alex Winterle / Photo by Alan Alabastro

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the professional world. Today, we meet graduating MFA scenic designer Alex Winterle! You can see some of Alex's work from his time here at UW in the slideshow above.

Alex Winterle / Photo by Kyler MartinWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
What I know now is that I am capable of so much more than what I thought I was capable when I began.  When I first got here I imagined that by graduation I would somehow become some shining professional other person. In some part, I have! I have had...

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The cast of "What Fresh Hell is This? Performing the Depth and Wit of Dorothy Parker"

Emma HallidayFrom now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the world. Today, we meet graduating Drama major Emma Halliday. Hailing from a once-tiny town in the San Francisco Bay Area that has now become Google headquarters, ("Literally, every time I go home there are even more robots and Teslas roaming the streets," Emma says) she moved to Seattle four years ago to attend UW. A double major in Drama Performance and International Studies, Emma loves performing physical comedy, clowning, Shakespeare, and devised work, and watching and conceptualizing political theatre (which she defines as "theatre telling more...

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Tatiana Pavela

When Tatiana Pavela was six years old, her mother asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. “An actress,” Tatiana answered. Her mother laughed and said, “No honey, but what do you really want to be?” When she retells the story now, Tatiana describes her mom demonstrating how she, “took a step back, looked her square in the eyes, put my hands on my hips and said, ‘No, Mom! I really want to be an actress.’”

Tatiana hastens to add that her mother is “incredibly supportive…that story is not representative of her.” But, she says, it does stand out as the start of a pattern: “Being laughed at, made fun of, told no, and doing it anyways.”

That “do it anyways” spirit is on full display in Pavela’s solo show, Brandi Alexander, which opens May 24th for a four-show run at Love City Love. In it, Pavela plays a stand-up comic prepping for her comeback tour. For her first return gig, she’ll be the opening act for the man who raped her five years earlier. She...

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Angels in America Part II: Perestroika / Costume Design by Pamela Weinzatl / Photo by Kyler Martin

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the professional world. Today, we meet graduating MFA costume designer Pamela Weinzatl! You can see some of Pamela's work from her time here at UW in the slideshow above.

Pamela Weinzatl / Photo by Kyler MartinWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
How to play well with others. Collaboration was definitely the hugest milestone for me. I came into the program with a ton of social anxiety, and an inability to express myself in a way that there wasn’t an internal panic attack going on. So...

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Byron Walker and Lindsey Crocker in UTS' Hamlet / Photo by Max Golub

Lindsey CrockerFrom now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the world. Today, we meet graduating Drama major Lindsey Crocker. Hailing from Ashland, Oregon (home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!), Lindsey is earning a double major in Drama and Communication. She plans to pursue acting, arts administration, and casting. During her time here, she has served on the School of Drama BA Council, and as the Executive Director of the Undergraduate Theatre Society.

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started here? 
UW taught me how to create my own opportunities, to pursue what I wanted...

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