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Lobby Talk: The Girliest Thing I Ever Made

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
Amanda Friou
Amanda Friou

For this special installment in our Lobby Talks series, 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) director and 2nd year MFA Directing student Amanda Friou will give audiences a glimpse into her process selecting and creating this play. Despite having an all-female creative team, Friou has frequently found herself "looking around in shock," asking how she managed to make something so feminine and feminist. In this brief-but-rich pre-show talk, she will address what it means for her to be a female director in a male-dominated industry, and to unapologetically create art that embraces all of the complexities of being a woman.

Join us for this rare opportunity to glimpse inside a director's creative process. 

Amanda Friou is a director and multidisciplinary artist in her second year in the Professional Director Training Program (MFA, Directing) at the UW School of Drama. Amanda relocated to Seattle after spending a decade working in New York City, where she worked at Ars Nova, NYU, Dixon Place, St. Ann's Warehouse, HERE, and Second Stage. Nationally, Amanda has worked at ART, La Jolla, CTG, The Guthrie, Asolo Rep, and Geva Theatre Center. She earned her undergraduate degree at Macalester College, and is a 2015 Drama League Resident Artist, a 2011 Drama League Fellow, and a member of SDC.

This pre-show talk is free and open to the public. To purchase tickets for the 2:00 PM matinee performance of 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) visit ArtsUW.  This talk will take place in the rehearsal hall below the Penthouse mainstage. House staff will be available to direct patrons.

Please note that this talk will take place before the SECOND Sunday matinee performance of 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) on Sunday 2/25, not the first matinee, as usual. If you already purchased tickets for the 2/18 matinee, please call the ArtsUW ticket office at 206.543.4880 to exchange your tickets for the 2/25 performance. You will not be charged an exchange fee. 

LOBBY TALKS is a new initiative of the UW School of Drama designed to offer audiences a deeper look into the questions posed by the work on our stages, and to provide audiences access to the incredible scholarship here at the University of Washington. If you have feedback about LOBBY TALKS, please contact School of Drama Director of Engagement Holly Arsenault at

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