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UW Daily: Connecting Student Actors to the Community

Submitted by Sam Read on March 2, 2016 - 10:22am
Allen Miller, Skye Edwards, & Bridget McKevitt in 'The Walk Across America for Mother Earth' (Photo: Mike Hipple)
Allen Miller, Skye Edwards, & Bridget McKevitt in 'The Walk Across America for Mother Earth' (Photo: Mike Hipple)

The Daily of the University of Washington recently profiled The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, our co-production with Washington Ensemble Theatre. The piece specifically highlights our efforts to build bridges to the regional theatre community by partnering with theatre companies that grew out of our program:

After talking with some of the actors, they seemed to be in agreement that this play would not have been possible without the collaboration with WET. The opportunity to work with such innovative industry professionals brought out lively and free-spirited performances from the cast, and allowed them to forge a closer bond with the Seattle theater community. Executive Director Todd London hopes the UW can continue to connect students with resources and ideas outside of their current classes to better prepare them for performances after graduation. 

"What I see for the future is to continue these lab experiments, which are both about who does the work and with whom, and how we use guest artists, permanent faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to create a whole experiment of training,” London said. “We don’t really know what we’re training our students for. What are we going to be celebrating in 75 years? The goal is to put them in touch with the people who are asking the questions that will be generative and exciting, and train them to keep asking questions."

Read the full article HERE.