Recent News

Eloisa Cardona in LOCKED

Ron Heneghan (PATP ‘93) is currently performing in Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, running through April 9th.  

Valeka J. Holt  (PATP ’12) will be making her Arena Stage Debut as Ruth in their upcoming production of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The...

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Annie Willis as Orlando and Gabi Boettner as Sasha. Photo by Mike Hipple.

Up next on the School of Drama main stage is Orlando, adapted by Sarah Ruhl from the novel by Virginia Woolf and directed by Professor L. Zane Jones. The production runs April 28th – May 7th at the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre. 

Orlando explores sex, love, and identity in a story that spans centuries. Orlando is a handsome, young English nobleman favored by queens and princesses. The poem he’s trying to write isn’t going well; otherwise, he’s having a very nice life. When he consorts with a gypsy, however...

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Bobbin Ramsey

Dear Readers, 

Entrepreneurship is quite the buzz word nowadays and, especially in our tech and app driven society, it seems that everybody is seeking it out. The Merriam-Webster definition of an entrepreneur is "one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise." However, it has come to mean much more than that in recent years. It can often be a stand in for adventurous, forward-thinking, innovative, and creative. In some ways artists were the original entrepreneurs - always creating new projects, re-imagining narratives and human...

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Allyson Brown in Milk Like Sugar

Ben Gonio (PATP '05) appeared in a co-starring role in season three of TNT's "The Librarians."

Jessica Martin (BA '08)  is in the process of writing, producing, directing, and acting in her first feature film, Abby and...

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Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton

On February 20th, Valerie Curtis-Newton—MFA alumna, School of Drama professor, and Head of the Acting and Directing Masters Program—was awarded the prestigious Artist Trust Innovator Award. Professor Curtis Newton will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds, funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation. This prize is awarded to Washington State artists from any discipline who are pushing the boundaries and redefining the work of their field. 

The Artist Trust press release talks about the ways in which Professor Curtis-Newton is an innovator in the field of...

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Dry Powder by Sarah Burgess

Join us on March 31st for a special evening at the Seattle Repertory Theatre to see Sarah Burgess' Dry Powder, directed by UW School of Drama alumna and Seattle...

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Poster for Cock and Crumble

Cody Holliday Haefner and Amanda Friou, our two first-year MFA directing students, will be making their School of Drama directorial debuts with Cock by Mike Bartlett andCrumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan, respectively. This two week festival of contemporary one acts runs May 18th through 27th in the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater. 

Cock 
Written by Mike...
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Kirby McDermott as Leading Player. Photo by Mike Hipple.

Opening Tonight: Pippin! 

For their third annual production, the UW Musical Theater Program is putting on the Broadway smash-hit, Pippin! Directed by head of the Musical Theater Program, Wilson Mendieta, this production features the talent of undergraduate actors, singers, and dancers, and vibrant design by our own MFA design students.

“This production engages heavily with the issues of today,”...

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Jean Smart

Check ot this fantastic The A.V. Club interview with School of Drama alum Jean Smart (BFA '74), who stars in the new FX sci-fi fantasy, Legion.

From The A.V. Club; 

"Jean Smart has been a television staple since she was a member of the original cast of hit CBS sitcom Designing Women...

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As You Like It Lobby Talk

Green World in Technicolor

In the second of our Sunday Lobby Talks series, UW Drama PhD candidate Guillaume Tourniaire will discuss Northrup Frye’s Green World concept as it relates to Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Jordan Harrison’s Maple & Vine. Both productions share a fascination with idealized versions of 1950s America. What is it about this particular fantasy that’s so resonant right now? How does Shakespeare deploy the concept of wild escape in As You Like It? And what happens if the dream world turns out to be an illusion?...

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