Recent News

Leyla Modirzadeh (PATP '90) directed Love and Information at San Jose City College this past fall and will be directing The Overcoat in the spring.

Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton (MFA '96) directs Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Motherfucker with a Hat at Washington Ensemble Theatre, running January 15 thru February 1, and featuring Anna Lamadrid (PATP '15) and...

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Image of an early twentieth-century Valentine (from the collection of Harvey Young, used with permission)

The UW Performance Studies Research Group is pleased to present a lecture by Harvey Young, Northwestern University, on Friday, January 22, in the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

A Racist Love Note: Stereotypes and Caricatures in early 20th Century Valentine’s Day Cards

Friday, January 22, 5:00 PM
Free and open to the public, no RSVP required
Communications Building, room 120 

This presentation spotlights the darker side of Valentine’s...

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Poster for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Presented by the UW Musical Theater Program—a partnership of the School of Drama, School of Music, and Dance Program.

This hilarious & warmhearted musical comedy chronicles the experiences of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling...

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In partnership with One Coast Collaboration and UW World Series.

The third evening in the series features The Bathhouse Theatre and a reading excerpt from The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. Former artistic director Arne Zaslove will be in attendance. A reception will follow the reading.

Lost & Founded 3: Bathhouse Theatre—reading & reception
The Skin of Our Teeth
by Thornton Wilder
directed by Arne Zaslove
Monday, January 25, 7:30 PM

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The Tale of the Heike

Presented in collaboration with ACT—A Contemporary Theatre.

Philip Kan Gotanda and Yussef El Guindi are collaborating on a stage adaptation of The Tale of the Heike, one of the most influential works in Japanese literature and culture, remaining even today a crucial source for fiction, drama, and popular media. Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, it features a cast of vivid characters and chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike and changed the course of Japanese history.


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David Borning

School of Drama senior David Borning recently discovered that the team he assembled to express his design for the coveted 2016 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition was selected as one of six finalist teams from across the country.

Each finalist team is awarded a five-day, all-expense-paid trip to Imagineering’s main campus in Glendale, Calif., from January 25 to 29, where they will present their projects to Imagineering executives and take part in an awards ceremony on January 29. Finalists also have an opportunity to meet and...

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Photo of panelists at Speak Up! event addressing the realities of being Muslim today.

On Monday, January 11, the School of Drama joined with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, and Humanities Washington to host a panel discussion about the thematic questions raised in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced, currently running at Seattle Rep. The panel and audience addressed the reality of being Muslim today. Monica Viharo, second-year PhD student at the School of Drama, moderated the panel. Duygu Erdogan Monson, third-year PhD student, was a panelist...

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Todd London

Dear Friends:

It’s no secret that the UW School of Drama is training students to face the future with inspiration and courage. What better way to glimpse that future than by confronting the work of playwrights leading us there?

This quarter, I’m thrilled to announce, we’ll be working with 15 of the nation’s most forward-writing dramatic artists on projects ranging from partial readings to workshop stagings to full productions on UW stages and at Seattle’s professional theatres. To make matters more exciting, most of these adventures with the...

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Picture of Jocelyn Fowler (BA '09) with one of her costume sketches.

MFA directing student Malika Oyetimein was selected for the City Arts 2016 Future List—artists and innovators who will shape the year to come.

Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton (MFA '96) directs Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Motherfucker with a Hat at Washington Ensemble Theatre, running January 15 thru February 1, and featuring Anna Lamadrid (PATP '15) and ...

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Lois Smith. Photo by Richard Perry/The New York Times.

Alumna Lois Smith (at right, photo by Richard Perry/The New York Times), who attended UW in 1951, was recently profiled in the New York Times. Read the article "Lois Smith's Year of Working Constantly." 

Jennifer Sipila (MFA '14) was associate designer on the national tour of Bullets Over Broadway, which began its run in Cleveland in October.

The Royal Dramatic Theatre...

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