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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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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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