School of Drama Blog

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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Drama Ph.D. students laugh during a seminar class

Wondering what it's actually like to earn your Ph.D. at UW Drama? Let some of our fine current Ph.D. students take you through a day in their life.

Nina Williams at the Seattle Rep

Equity. Imagination. Joy.

These were the three values that we as an ensemble would live in. Marya Sea Kaminski, the director of the Seattle Public Works Odyssey, would call upon these values every day and she led by example.

When Marya first brought me into this project, I had no idea what it was, though I had vague recollections of what she had mentioned to me in passing while stage-managing Iphigenia and Other Daughters at the UW. I distinctly remember her saying that it was “a massive project that requires a lot of heart.”

Flash forward to about a year later, I joined the project and I was thrown into the most intense stage-managing experience of my life.

It sounds like an easy out - but I really didn’t have any specific expectations coming into the project. All I knew was that Marya was our captain and that I was going to be interacting with a room full of 125 people who may or may not have acted before, let alone on a professional...

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"Why Learn About Equity As Students?

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.

You may hear these words tossed around in theatre conversations regarding community, casting, representation, and even by large corporate organizations such as Microsoft, AT&T, and more. In the wake of today’s political climate and the increase of racially charged violent, more people are starting to realize that they cannot avoid this conversation in their professional life.

Questions that may come up for drama students are: How is this relevant to artists? How can I participate in the discussion as a student? Where can I develop the skills I need to be a meaningful contributor in this as I move into my professional life?

Come as you are for a casual, student-centered discussion around equity. Bring your questions, curiosity, and lunch to hear about some of the experiences that your fellow students bring to the table whether they’re old-timers or...

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I Can See Jersey From My House

After graduating this June, I will be moving to Chicago to start my new life as a comedian, improviser, and writer. I’ve known for a very long time that I’ve wanted to be a comedian, and so when I had to pick my topic for my thesis for Comparative History of Ideas major, the choice was obvious. I wanted to learn the ins and outs of political satire, the ups and downs, how it affected audience members and how has changed throughout time. Then, the ambitious side of me kicked in, and I remembered my other major. Not only did I want to research and write about my findings as a paper, I wanted to write a play in which I could develop my own audience relationship. I wanted to hone all of the skills I acquired and solidified at UW into one massive research project that produced two separate products: a 35 page research paper acting as my CHID thesis and a 40 minute play written, performed, and directed by myself as my Drama Capstone. The project started as me developing my own story as a...

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Wolves

Editor's Note: The Undergraduate Theatre Society produces a full season of shows in the Cabaret Theatre. This work is curated, produced, directed, designed, and performed exclusively by undergraduates for the entire community. To learn more about UTS, please visit students.washington.edu/uwuts/.

Recently I have found myself questioning why I pursue theater. Why have I given it so much of my time? What is the point of pursuing this? I think have found the answer throughout the process of directing Wolves.

Beginning this process, I knew I wanted it to be something different. I wanted it to be memorable, worthwhile, and meaningful. In the end, it’s up to the cast and crew to decide if I was successful. Nonetheless, it has been a journey that has at times felt triumphant, and other times quixotic.

The idea behind the process of Wolves is ...

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Shaudi Vahdat (BA '12)

Before graduating with her BA from the School of Drama back in 2012, Shaudi took full advantage of her time at UW. Along with acting in several UTS production, Shaudi was the creator of Feast Your Ears, a curated night of musical performances that benefited Northwest Harvest, and directed Working, The Musical in her senior year. Since graduating she has performed with companies like Washington Ensemble Theatre and Book-It Repertory Theatre among others, and is also a founding member of The Horse in Motion. Through her projects with The Horse in Motion, she has learned the delicate balance between being an actor and a producer at the same time. 

How did you get involved with The Horse in Motion? 

SV: About a year or so after I graduated from UW, one of my former classmates, Mary Hubert, got in touch saying there was a cool script that a...

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