On February 20th, Valerie Curtis-Newton—MFA alumna, School of Drama professor, and Head of the Acting and Directing Masters Program—was awarded the prestigious Artist Trust Innovator Award. Professor Curtis Newton will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds, funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation. This prize is awarded to Washington State artists from any discipline who are pushing the boundaries and redefining the work of their field.
The Artist Trust press release talks about the ways in which Professor Curtis-Newton is an innovator in the field of performance and her journey into new territory. "Primarily known for her directing and producing, Valerie is making a career transition, moving towards writing immersive theatre, and becoming more of a generative artist. As a generative artist, her current interest is in African American artists in immersive work, an arena through which their stories are rarely told."
Congratulations Professor Curtis-Newton!