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UW Drama alumni are making art for your quarantine

Submitted by Holly Arsenault on May 1, 2020 - 5:48pm
Bria Henderson Mrs. America

UW Drama alumni have long been known for their ingenuity and entrepreneurship, and those qualities persist in our graduates, even in this time of social distancing. Here's a sampling of some of the work our alumni are doing that you can enjoy from the safety of whatever isolation bubble you might be in. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe and healthy, and thank you to our alumni for keeping the light on during these strange, difficult, but sometimes-still-beautiful times. 


Bria Henderson (MFA '18) plays Ms. magazine editor Margaret Sloan on the FX on Hulu limited series, Mrs. America, starring a dazzling celebrity cast including Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Margo Martindale, and Tracy Ullman. Streaming now on Hulu

Lynn Shelton (BA '87) directed the series Little Fires Everywhere, based on the bestselling novel by Celeste Ng, and starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Streaming now on Hulu.

Kristin Alcala (BA '04) is one of the producers of #blackAF, a new Netflix series starring Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones, and Iman Benson. Streaming now on Netflix.


The NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, where alum Linsey Bostwick (BA '00) is Director of Artistic Planning, is hosting a weekly online series, Reconnect, where they are live-streaming performances by a host of contemporary performers, followed by live Q&As. Visit their website or facebook page for details.

Hazel Lozano (MFA '17) created ISO(lated) COMPANY: Virtual Readings of New Writings, which is regularly hosting facebook live streams of new play readings, including a reading on May 2nd of NAKED by Brian LaPerche, directed by Cody Holliday Haefner (MFA '19) and featuring Bridget McKevitt (MFA '18). Learn more on ISO(lated) COMPANY's facebook group.

Amanda Hilson (MFA '14) will perform in Theatre East's live remote reading of Stephen Massicotte's The Boy's Own Jedi Handbook on Monday, May 4th at 7:15 PM EST. Tune in on their facebook page.

Marya Sea Kaminski (MFA '04), Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theatre, is hosting PPT's PlayTime, livestreamed readings of classic plays, every Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM EST. Learn more on their facebook or at PPT.org/Playtime


Heather Newman (BA '93) hosts the Mavens Do It Better podcast, featuring "interviews with everyday extraordinary experts who light a spark in our world." Listen at mavensdoitbetter.com

The Habit is a sketch comedy group that was born in Hutchinson Hall in 1996. Now they have a podcast! The Habit Comedy Podcast is produced by a number of UW Drama alumni, including Jeff Schell (BA '98). Listen at thehabitcomedy.com/podcast.