Blog Archive - April 2019

AJ Friday in Rutherford and Son / 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 our series continues with graduating MFA actor AJ Friday.

AJ FridayWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
Just remember, you literally asked for this…Life is a process. Physics drives Biology causing Chemistry which reveals more Physics. I take that idea into every character—as a given circumstance of their existence. So, there’s a perfectly rational reason for why they believe they MUST do what they’re written to do. In short, serve the work and...

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Leah Adcock-Starr at Off Road Shakespeare

Leah Adcock-Starr has been actively working in the Seattle theatre scene since she graduated with her MFA in Directing in 2015. One of Leah's biggest undertakings was forming the Off Road Shakespeare Company, a company dedicated to creating  "brave and beautiful theatre productions for non-traditional spaces and artistically underserved communities." This year Leah is directing Tweflth Night and Macbeth with the company, and we sat down to talk to her about community engagement, the challenges and joys of outdoor performances, and the importance of storytelling. 

Can you tell us a little bit about Off Road Shakespeare Company?

LAS: You better believe I can. I mean - I’d rather tell you a lot about Off Road because it’s one of my favorite adventures to talk about...but we’ll start with a little and then maybe we can go grab a coffee or a cider or something and keep the conversation going.

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Tricia Castañeda-Gonzales in BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK / Photo by Isabel Le


Tricia Castañeda-Gonzales / Photo by Danielle BarnumFrom 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 our series continues with graduating MFA actor Tricia Castañeda-Gonzales.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you started this program? That I’m capable. That I possess similar qualities to the people that I have been learning from. There are so many fabulous artists who I admire for so many different reasons: their strength and their...

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