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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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Byron Walker and Lindsey Crocker in UTS' Hamlet / Photo by Max Golub

Lindsey CrockerFrom 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 Lindsey Crocker. Hailing from Ashland, Oregon (home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!), Lindsey is earning a double major in Drama and Communication. She plans to pursue acting, arts administration, and casting. During her time here, she has served on the School of Drama BA Council, and as the Executive Director of the Undergraduate Theatre Society.

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started here? 
UW taught me how to create my own opportunities, to pursue what I wanted...

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Porscha Shaw and Gabi Boettner in 12 Ophelias a play with broken songs

FromGabi Boettner 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 the first undergraduate of our series, graduating Drama major student Gabi Boettner. Gabi hails from Spokane, Washington, and she is a multi-disciplinary artist graduating with a triple degree in Drama Performance, Interdisciplinary Visual Art, and English with a focus in Creative Writing. In Gabi's theatre work, she considers herself an actor/collaborator with an interest in developing new work. She is also a printmaker, sculptor, photographer and poet. Recently, for her Drama Capstone, Gabi has also taken on the role of curator/producer relating to her interest in...

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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 professional world. Today, we meet graduating MFA lighting designer Amber Parker! You can see some of Amber's work from her time here at UW in the slideshow above.

Amber ParkerWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
There’s that quote, you know, "perfection is the enemy of greatness"? And that’s been a struggle for me personally, being a major perfectionist. Aiming for perfectionism can be completely debilitating because you’ll never achieve it; it can be paralyzing because it doesn’t allow you to explore and make mistakes. And those mistakes...

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Lex Marcos / Photo by Kyler Martin

“I was a delinquent student, basically,” says Lex Marcos, talking about his time as an undergraduate Fine Art major University of the Philippines Diliman. “All I wanted to do was design and paint. So, I went to the teacher in the theatre department who taught scenic design and asked if I could enroll in his class. This guy was like Mr. Miyagi, right? Because I wasn’t in the theater department. I was in fine art. So, he was like, ‘Well, have you taken this technical class and have you taken this other prerequisite?’ and I was like, ‘No sir,’ and he was like, y’know, ‘Just because you are an artist doesn’t mean you can be a great scenic designer,’ and I was like, ‘I know sir.’ But, anyway, he let me into his class finally. And then, on the last day, he said, ‘Lex, you need to stay, I need to talk to you,’ and all my classmates were like, ‘Oh no, Lex! What did you do?’ I didn’t know. I thought I had accidentally plagiarized something from the internet or something like that, so then...

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Porscha Shaw in As You Like It

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. Later this month, we will start introducing you to some of our graduating BAs and designers, but today, we have the 6th and final post about our PATP class of 2018, with graduating actor Porscha Shaw!

Porscha ShawWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
To never underestimate yourself. And that you bring you to every role. That's what I've learned in grad school. 

What are you looking forward to being able to do now that you won’t be in class...

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Allen Miller III in Skies Over Seattle

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating MFAs, 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. Our series continues with graduating PATP actor Allen Miller III!

Allen Miller IIIWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
When you really want something and you really put it out there in the universe that you really really want it, and you have a clear idea of what you want, things will start to happen in your life. Out of the 10,000 things that I've realized, that's probably the most powerful thing. Be clear about what you want. And that's true on stage, too....

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Bridget McKevitt in Trojan Women: A Love Story

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating MFAs, 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. Our series continues with graduating PATP actor Bridget McKevitt!

Bridget McKevittWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
My solo show helped me really define this voice—everyone’s searching for their voice, right? And my solo show, really, I think was definitive of my trajectory through graduate school. I struggled, really for my first two years, with getting other teacher’s voices out of my head. I kept hearing other people’s voices instead of my...

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Bria Henderson in Trojan Women

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating MFAs, 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. Our series continues with graduating PATP actor Bria Henderson!

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
I know that I am enough. I know that if I continue to believe that I’m enough and that what I am willing to give to the world, whether it is through my art or through any other facet, will always be enough, it will always be amazing because it’s coming from me, fully committed.

What are you looking forward to being able to do now that you won’t be...

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