Blog Archive - October 2014

Cathy Madden is a Principal Lecturer at the UW School of Drama. Her specialty is the direct integration of the Alexander Technique into the acting process. Cathy leads workshops on the Alexander Technique around the world, including in Japan. Her book Integrative Alexander Technique Practice for Performing Artists: Onstage Synergy is scheduled for publication in January 2015. You can catch Cathy at the third and final installment of the 2014 Performing Arts Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 4. In this blog post, Cathy shares with us how teaching in Japan hones her skills.

Every year, for the last 18 years, I have spent a month or more teaching in Japan. I have taught for different groups, but most of my recent teaching has been with BodyChance, an Alexander Technique Training School for which I am an...

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Judith Shahn, Senior Lecturer in Voice and Dialects at the UW School of Drama, has been a leading voice specialist in the Northwest for the last twenty five years. Her innovative approach to dialect training has been documented in the Voice and Speech Trainers Association's publication "Essays in Voice and Speech." An actress and director as well, Judith has coached dozens of productions at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, ACT, as well as the Oregon and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. Most recently she coached Intiman's 20th anniversary staging of "Angels in America." She coached Intiman's original production 20 years ago. In this blog post, Judith reflects on the annual VASTA conference.

This past August, I attended the 2014 Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Conference in London. As a VASTA board member, I am required to go, but this was a conference not to be missed! I have...

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Cold Empty Terrible - Rehearsal
New Paradise Labs is currently in residence at University of Washington School of Drama. NPL Artistic Director, Whit MacLaughlin, has been collaborating with our MFA graduate students to create 'Cold Empty Terrible,' a newly devised work inspired by a fragmented avant-garde play nestled inside Anton Chekhov’s 'The Seagull.'

Below, Whit reflects on his time in residence at UW School of Drama, the joys and challenges of making performance work from scratch, and the process of building 'Cold Empty Terrible.'

1) How does creating performance through a group-generated process benefit the PATPs as artists?

These group-created pieces put actors closer to the driver’s seat of the generative process. By building a...

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Anna Lamadrid

Anna Lamadrid is a third-year MFA candidate in the Professional Actor Training Program. At UW, she originated the role of Rachel in Reading to Vegetables and got to sass it up as Aunt Sally in 5th of July. She'll next be seen in the world premiere of Cold Empty Terrible, a devised piece directed by guest artist Whit MacLaughlin and created in collaboration with UW School of Drama MFA students. In this blog post, Anna reflects on the process of creating Cold Empty Terrible and what that experience has brought to the surface for her as an artist. 

As I begin my final year at the University of Washington, and the more we dive into Cold Empty Terrible rehearsals, I can’t help but reflect on my experiences in the School of Drama and what those experiences have taught me.


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