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Recent Faculty and Alumni Achievements, Spring 2015

Submitted by Katrina M Ernst on April 13, 2015 - 5:25pm
J Jha, PATP '14
J Jha, PATP '14

Alums Tommy Smith (BA '01) and Stasha Surdyke (BA '98) earned awards at the 46th annual L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards. Smith's play Fireman and Boston Court's production of Stupid Fucking Bird, in which Surdyke starred, won for Ensemble Performance.

Since graduating last year, J Jha (PATP '14) (pictured) has been busy establishing himself in San Francisco. He was recently profiled by Theatre Bay Area.

General Manager Anne Stewart celebrated 30 years with the University of Washington School of Drama! Thank you, Anne, for fearlessly leading each School of Drama production!

Ben Zamora (MFA '05) designed the lighting installation for Flexn at the Park Avenue Armory, a collaboration between theater director Peter Sellars and the flexing pioneer Reggie Gray.

Frank Butler (MFA '85) designed the lighting for the Guthrie Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Leyla Modirzadeh (PATP '94) is directing No Exit at Theatre Oxford, running April 17-19.

Patrick Dizney (PATP '98) was honored with the ATHE Teaching Award at the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Patrick is assistant professor of performance at Central Washington University.

Lincoln Kennedy (BA '94) was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Read more at

Andrea Bush (MFA '07) designed the sets for Seattle Public Theater's production of Slow Girl.

Evan Alexander (MFA Scenic Design '96) worked on the design elements in Katy Perry's halftime show during the Super Bowl. See more pics on his blog.

Jenny Mercein (PATP 2003) and former faculty member KJ Sanchez co-wrote X's and O's (A Football Love Story), had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Read more about it in the NYT article here.

Carl Kennedy (PATP '10) starred in The Whipping Man at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

At Book-It, Dog of the South featured Jim Gall (PATP '92), scenic design by Christopher Mumaw (MFA '12) and lighting design by Marnie Cumings (MFA '12).

James Lapan (PATP '89) played Richard in Seven Ways to Get There at ACT-A Contemporary Theatre. Jennifer Zeyl (MFA '03) designed the sets, and professors Geoff Korf and Deb Trout did the lights and costumes, respectively.

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