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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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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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