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MFA acting students Barry Cogswell and Kayla Lian in class / Photo by Tom Dempsey

The University of Washington School of Drama invites applications for an assistant professor, tenure-track position in acting, directing, and devising, to begin September 2020. This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period.

The ideal candidate has a solid body of work as an actor, director, and/or originator. They have familiarity with contemporary theatre and performance, an interest in the way theatre is evolving as an art form, and a facility with current modes of performance training. A Master’s degree (either MFA or MA) or equivalent professional training and...

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The Gregory Awards presented by Theatre Puget Sound 2019

A hearty congratulations to all the members of the UW School of Drama family who were nominated for a 2019 Gregory Award! Nominees are:

Holly Arsenault (UW Drama staff member; BA 2001) is nominated for Outstanding New Play for The Great Inconvenience at Annex Theatre

Doris Black (MFA 1997) is nominated for Outstanding Costume Design for Princess Ida at Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Tim Bond (UW Drama...

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Are you a UW student in any major or program who is interested in acting in a play? Are you a member of the wider Seattle community who is interested in participating in theatre at UW? Come to our fall quarter general auditions! 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 3 - 7 PM
WHO: All UW students in any major or program and all members of the greater Seattle community
HOW? Email Kristie Post Wallace at to schedule an audition time slot. 

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Kathy Burch Mushroom Chair

The School of Drama is deeply saddened to share that our longtime colleague, adviser, and friend Kathy Burch passed away Friday, June 21st after a long battle with cancer.

Kathy had served as the department administrator for the School of Drama since 2006. She cared deeply about the school and its students, and often went far above the call of duty to beautify and organize our spaces and to assist students in need, including, for example, once paying a student's several hundred dollar parking fine.

She was a UW Surplus enthusiast whose scores included once getting a chair...

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Daniel Alexander Jones and Karen Hartman, 2019 Guggenheim Fellows

Karen Hartman, UW School of Drama Senior Artist-in-Residence, and Daniel Alexander Jones, UW Drama Mellon Creative Fellow, have both been named 2019 Guggenheim Fellows. 

Guggenheim Fellowships have been awarded since 1925 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to people “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” according to the Foundation’s website. The purpose of the fellowship, according to its website, “is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which...

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Magelssen (R) and crew mates suit up at the Museum of Flight’s Challenger Learning Center.

Associate Professor Scott Magelssen, who teaches theatre history at both the BA and PhD level in the School of Drama, has been appointed to the Donald E. Petersen Endowed Fellowship. This fellowship will help support Associate Professor Magelssen's "crazy research projects," (his words) that so far have included visitations to viking ships and contemporary war zones, weightless flights, and simulated vintage 747 dining experiences, underground railroad escapes, and illegal border crossings.

Dr. Magelssen's work treats the ways tourism,...

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Students expose layers hidden beneath the city’s staggering wealth, using “dark tourism” to find reasons for protest and celebration — sometimes both at once.

A hearty congratulations to all the members of the UW School of Drama family who were nominated for a 2018 Gregory Award! Nominees are:


Alexandra Tavares (PATP alum) is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in Ironbound at Seattle Public Theatre

Amy Thone (faculty) is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in Frost/Nixon at Strawberry Theatre Workshop

Andrew D. Smith (MFA alum and faculty) is nominated for Outstanding Lighting Designer for...

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2018 - 2019 Season

The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of outgoing Executive Director Todd London, incoming Executive Director Lynn M. Thomas and incoming Associate Director Geoff Korf, is pleased to announce our 2018 -2019 season.

“In the course of their time here our students are called to work on as many different forms and styles of dramatic work as possible, and what I love most about our audience is how much they enjoy being on that journey with them,” says outgoing Executive Director Todd London, who led the planning for this coming season for the final time...

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The University of Washington School of Drama announced last month that Executive Director Todd London, who has served in that role since 2014, will step down in August.

Today, the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences announced the appointment of Lynn M. Thomas as Interim Executive Director, and Geoff Korf as Associate Director.


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