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The design work of Mairi Chisholm for "Sleepy Hollow." Photo credit: Michael Lavine/FOX.

School of Drama senior David Borning’s design team was awarded first place in the 2016 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.

Carl Kennedy (PATP '10) received rave reviews for his work in Common Grace at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre.

Mia Tagano (PATP '97) plays...

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Sarah Nash Gates

With the approval of UW President Ana Mari Cauce and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Bob Stacey, the School of Drama is pleased to share with our friends, supporters, and alumni that the Design Wing of Hutchinson Hall will now be known as the Sarah Nash Gates Design Wing.

Sarah started at the School of Drama as a professor in costume design before becoming executive director in 1994—a position she would hold for 20 years before retiring in 2014.

Overseeing the renovation of the Hutchinson Hall design wing was just one of Sarah's many...

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This is a story of love, loss, and the struggle between the two. George is a linguist morbidly obsessed with documenting dying languages. But his obsession gets in the way of keeping those closest to him from sharing their love with him. Even his assistant, who shares his interest in language, struggles to find the right means to communicate with him. Mix in the old couple that everyone knows but doesn't, happening of fate, and sprinkle it with various languages to help find out whether or not they can find the right words to keep the language of love alive.

The Language...

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Brooklyn Bridge

A co-production with Seattle Children's Theatre.

This inventive and humorous drama celebrates the making of things—research papers, bridges, community. When fifth-grade latch-key child Sasha can’t find a pen to write the due-tomorrow report on the Brooklyn Bridge she is struggling to complete, she works up the courage to break her mother’s rules and venture out of their apartment for help. There, in view of the magnificent bridge, she discovers a diverse collection of neighbors, each special in their own way but alike in their deep good-heartedness. Sasha learns...

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Allen Miller, Skye Edwards, & Bridget McKevitt in 'The Walk Across America for Mother Earth' (Photo: Mike Hipple)

Presented in collaboration with Washington Ensemble Theatre.

Political activism meets bedazzled drag show in this story about two young friends who flee their suburban upbringing in "Real America" to join a ragtag group of activists on a protest march from D.C. to Nevada. On the road, the group attempts to establish a nomadic utopia, but the marchers continually find themselves divided by unrequited affections, indecision, and a secret hunger for power.

Whimsically blending commedia dell'arte influences with song and dance, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth explores...

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Photo credit: From left, Andrew Russell, producing artistic director at Intiman Theatre, Valerie Curtis-Newton, director and educator, and Jennifer Zeyl, Intiman's artistic producer. CREDIT KUOW PHOTO/ISOLDE RAFTERY

KUOW recently featured a segment regarding the diversification of Seattle’s art scene, which includes an interview with School of Drama Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton.

Curtis-Newton was recently tapped by Intiman Theatre to co-curate their summer festival devoted to plays written by African-American women.

The piece focuses on local artists like Curtis-Newton and Specturm Dance Theatre’s Donald Byrd who are looking to “shake up the conversations about race in this country” as well as cast more artists of color and attract racially diverse audiences.


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Desdemona Chiang

Alumna Desdemona Chiang has been awarded a 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre from The Vilcek Foundation. The award includes an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 along with a plaque uniquely designed by Stefan Sagmeister.

Desdemona received her MFA in Directing in 2009. Since then she has founded her own theatre company, Azeotrope, in 2010. Azeotrope is dedicated to producing new and contemporary stage productions about the invisible and marginalized.

The School of Drama is excited...

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First Place Team: Mickey's Magic Garden (Front Row Left to Right)- Geoff Backstrom and Katie Eastman. (Back Row Left to Right) - Courtney Irby and David Borning - ©Disney photo by Gary Krueger.

School of Drama senior David Borning’s design team awarded first place in the 2016 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.

From the Walt Disney Imagineering press release:

“First place was awarded to Geoff Backstrom, Katie Eastman and Courtney Irby from Ohio University and David Borning from University of Washington for “Mickey’s Magic Garden,” which uses the concept of a magical dandelion to bring Disney magic to towns across the country.  “Mickey’s Magic Garden” features multiple themed lands,...

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The Tale of the Heike

The Daily wrote an article covering the School of Drama's New Play Workshop, The Tale of the Heike

"When life is scripted, things flow smoothly. There are directions, cues, placements, and lines. For audiences, the force of a theatrical production comes from the heavily rehearsed, down-to-the second cohesive blending of visual, vocal, and physical presences.

But what happens to theater when the script isn’t finished? What happens to the experience without backdrop, design, or costume? Where does the story go when the path is unknown?

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Tim Bond

Tim Bond—noted director and educator and current producing artistic director at Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama—has been hired as a full professor at the University of Washington School of Drama. An alumnus of the School of Drama MFA Directing program, Mr. Bond will teach in both the undergraduate curriculum and the MFA directing and acting programs. He will be relocating to Seattle from Syracuse this summer and will officially assume his faculty position in Fall 2016.

The Pacific Northwest...

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