Blog Archive - May 2018

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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