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Anaïs Gralpois is a senior Drama major here at UW Drama. 


I knew after attending the British American Drama Academy (BADA), I’d want to spread the word.

When I started applying to colleges, I knew I wanted to study abroad and I wanted to go to London. London is the epicenter of theatre. After Berlin, their government gives the most money to theatres. I chose to go to the University of Washington even though, unfortunately, it didn’t offer the program I wanted: a fall semester or quarter in London studying drama performance. So, I searched the internet for programs and came up with Sarah Lawrence’s British American Drama Academy program. It was exactly what I wanted, and I ended up taking a quarter off from UW to do the program. (I’m currently working with Eloise Boyle, our undergraduate advisor in the School of Drama, to get this program affiliated with our school so that it’s easier to go and come back without hassle. I received 22.5 credits for my semester...

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Aurora Valentinetti

University of Washington School of Drama faculty member emeritus Aurora Valentinetti is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award, which recognizes UW teachers who inspired and influenced their students both in and out of the classroom. Professor Valentinetti, also known as "The Puppet Lady," taught puppetry at UW from 1942 until 1992. In addition to being on faculty, Professor Valentinetti is also an alumna of the School of Drama, earning her BA in 1943 and her MA in 1949. With the University of Washington Puppeteers, Valentinetti served as designer, production manager and performer from 1943 until 1948.  Each year this troupe presented a marionette show at the campus Showboat Theatre including such classics as “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” and “Rumplestiltskin.” Professor Valentinetti was born in West Seattle and has been a Seattilite all her life. 

Read about her enormous influence on generations of students in this article in ...

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Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert Title Art

Last year we posted an interview with Jessica Martin, a 2008 BA alum, who at the time was writing, directing, producing, and acting in her first feature film, Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert. Since then, the film has reached completion and can be streamed on Seed & Spark. Recently we talked with the Costume Designer for Abby and Tabby, Markie Hu, who is also an alumna of the UW School of Drama! 

BR: Hi Markie! Congrats on the release of Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert. We are very excited for you and Jessica. Now, what was your path towards becoming a costume designer?

MH: Acting in my high school theater, I was always excited to find my characters through their costumes. When...

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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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