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Floyd Jones

We join our colleagues across the university in grieving the passing of Floyd Jones, whose contributions--together with his late wife Delores Jones and, later, his longtime partner Alene Morris--to the UW School of Drama have helped to shape our school and our students. Floyd's generosity--his "sweetness"--is permanently imbued in our school, as is our everlasting gratitude.

School of Drama Executive Director Todd London says, "To me there’s no higher praise than that he was a good human being, someone who had endured extraordinary deprivation as a child and devoted his...

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Betty Comtois, former School of Drama Executive Director, in her office

Former School of Drama Executive Director Betty Comtois passed away in early December. We send our deepest condolences to Betty's family and friends, and to her former students and colleagues. Below is Betty's obituary. If you would like to make a donation in Betty's honor, the family suggests making a gift in Betty's name to the Arboretum Foundation.

Mary Elizabeth Comtois, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, dramaturg, professor emeritus, friend and mentor, passed away in her home on November 27 at the age of ninety, surrounded by...

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Monstrosity Banner

When Tierney and Patrick’s resistance-leading parents are murdered, the siblings are conscripted into a teenage fascist training camp run by their parents’ killer. The camp’s leader would like nothing better than to prove the virtue of his worldview by grooming the uniquely gifted Tierney as his successor. His daughter Sarah, however, is bent on subverting his plan, trying instead to draw Tierney into her effort to construct a more peaceful, loving social order within their war torn realityMonstrosity...

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Production Photo from Bullet Catchers

School of Drama alumna Julia Sears (BA '12) sat down with journalist Nancy Joseph from the College of Arts and Sciences' Perspective Newsletter to talk about her new production. The play is called Bullet Catchers, and it centers around the stories and experiences of women in combat. This brand new play was written and devised by Julia in collaboration with Maggie Moore, an alumna of the Jackson School of International Studies and Jay Myers, a fellow School of Drama alumnus along with the rest of the Bullet Catchers team. The play premiered this past July in New York City...

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Monica and Guillaume at GeekGirlCon

On Sunday, October 1st, UW School of Drama PhD students Monica Cortés Viharo and Guillaume Tourniaire appeared on a panel entitled Beyond the Stage: Exploring Theater Fandom at the 6th Annual GeekGirlCon in downtown Seattle. Moderated by freelance pop culture journalist Lisa Granshaw, the panel also included Melissa Anelli, producer of BroadwayCon. The afternoon's discussion included subjects such as violence on stage, musical theater history, non-traditional casting, digital platforms for building fan communities, and the impact of Lin-...

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Odai Johnson Distinguished Alum University of Utah

Professor Odai Johnson, Head of UW Drama's PhD program, was honored September 26th by the University of Utah Department of Theatre as a Distinguished Alumnus. Professor Johnson earned both his BA and his MFA at the University of Utah.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created to recognize the extraordinary achievements and contributions to the arts by alumni of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. 

This year, the Department of Theatre honored Professor Johnson, who received his MFA from the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah and his PhD from the...

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Lenne Klingaman as Hamlet

This summer, PATP alumna Lenne Klingaman starred as the Danish Prince in Colorado Shakeapeare Festival's production of Hamlet. American Theatre Magazine wrote an article comparing three major productions of Hamlet that occured over the summer, including Klingaman's. The two other producitons, one in New York and the other in the West End, both featured men in the title role. Here's what American Theatre Magazine had to say about Klingaman's portrayl and the implications of having a female-identifying actor in the role,  "Indeed, Hamlet’s conflict with herself and the world just sits...

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Mickey Rowe in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

The stage adaption of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime centers around a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to uncover the mystery of a the murder of a neighborhood dog. Productions of the show, including its run on Broadway and touring production, have previously featured non-autistic actors in the lead role. BA alum Mickey Rowe is changing that by being the first openly autistic actor to helm the play, in a production at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage. Rowe has been a vocal advocate for representation of disabled people and neuro-...

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The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of Executive Director Todd London, is announcing several new faculty appointments. 

Professor Tim Bond will take over from Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton as head of the Professional Actor Training Program (MFA, Acting). Curtis-Newton, who has served a decade as Head of Performance overseeing both the MFA Acting and Directing programs, will remain head of the Professional Director Training Program (MFA, Directing), a position she has held since 2006...

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Work with us

The School of Drama is hiring House Managers for Fall quarter, 2017. THIS JOB IS NOW OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF WORK STUDY STATUS. This is a great job for anyone considering a career in customer service, hospitality, social work, event management, retail, nonprofit management, or the arts who wants to get experience interfacing with the public and ...

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