Blog Archive - June 2014

Holly Griffith

“I’ve found that there’s a certain drive behind the academic and the search for research and compiling evidence and developing complexity and structures that I really like,” Holly Griffith, an undergraduate at the University of Washington studying Drama, told me during a recent conversation. The premise of our conversation? To congratulate Holly on winning the 2014 National Amy and Eric Burger Essays on Theatre Competition, and to discuss the research and coursework that led to her winning essay. We ended up chatting about much more.

Drama is, of course, also learning how to articulate complex concepts and topics, just in a different way and through a different medium.

What are you studying at UW, and what’s your involvement with the School of Drama, beyond taking classes?

I am a double-major in...

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Professor Mark Jenkins

This week, School of Drama Professor Mark Jenkins reflects on his recent – and historic – trip to Tashkent, Uzbekistan with The Seagull Project – a Seattle-based company of self-producing actors, of which six of the sixteen members are UW Drama alums. In addition to being an actor and professor, Mark is a playwright. His recent work, Red Earth, Gold Gate, Shadow Sky won ACT Theatre’s 2013 New Play Award.

On April 23, 2014, a Seattle-based troupe of self-producing actors, their director, and a production manager flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to present their production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at the renowned Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil.  The performances we gave constituted the centerpiece of a two week...

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Leah Adcock-Starr is a rising third-year graduate student in the MFA Directing program at the University of Washington School of Drama. Her main stage directing credits for UW Drama include the recent production of The Arabian Nights. For her thesis project, Leah will be staging William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We previously had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Leah about her background and why she has chosen a career as a theatre maker. You can read that interview over here. Now Leah is sharing with us her reflections on a recent trip across the pond.

Pourquoi Shakespeare?

by Leah Adcock-Starr

Last month I went to a birthday party in Paris.

Close to four hundred thinkers, writers, teachers, talkers, and theatre makers gathered from all over the...

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