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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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Tamsen Glaser in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

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 Tamsen Glaser!

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
That curiosity is the thing that will push through any of the sleep deprivation and the exhaustion and the difficulty and the challenges and the self-worth issues. I’ve found that if I can stay curious in the thing that I’m doing and remember what’s interesting about it, then I can move past myself and stay with it.

What are you looking...

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12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) / Scenic Design by Isabel Le / Photo by Isabel Le

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. Today, let's get to know graduating scenic designer Isabel Le! 

Isabel Le

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
Before I came to this program I actually barely knew about the production process of theatre art. The training I received before was majorly about being an individual artist. I was an architect, a photographer, an installation artist, a painter, and a poet. This program taught me a lot about collaborating with artists with different backgrounds,...

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André Brown as Basilio in Sueño / Photo by Isabel Le

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. First up, a mini-interview (minterview?) with graduating PATP André G. Brown!

Andre Brown / Photo by Danielle Barnum

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
I am enough. Just me. Enough.

What are you looking forward to being able to do now that you won’t be in class or rehearsal 12 hours a day?
Um…Happy Hour? Yeah, definitely been missing that. Spending time with my boyfriend. Seeing children’s theatre. Seeing my family. And, breathing. And, thinking, and processing....

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