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Tatiana Pavela as Canary Mary and Bria Henderson as Hester Smith

We had our first thesis production of the year with Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A, directed by 3rd year MFA candidate Malika Oyetimein. This beautiful and haunting adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter told the story of Hester Smith - branded A for Abortionist - in her efforts to do whatever it takes to buy her son's freedom from prison.

The production featured live music, transformative design, and a cast made up of MFA actors, BA students, and School of Drama alumni. This powerful and poignant piece raised serious questions about...

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Porscha Shaw and Tamsen Glaser in Iphigenia and Other Daughters

We started our season with Ellen McLaughlin's poetic and transcendent adaptation, Iphigenia and Other Daughters. Helmed by Seattle Repertory Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, this production featured the talents of graduate and BA student actors and designers. The production was described by our audience members as "beautifully staged," "thought provoking," with "powerful performances."

Playwright Ellen McLaughlin stopped by the Iphigenia rehearsal room to connect with the director and cast for the production....

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Christen Telesmar in Kentucky at East West Players

Ben Gonio (PATP '05) will be appearing in Season 3 of TNT's original series "The Librarians"

Lenne Klingaman (PATP '07) will be acting in Fingersmith at American Repertory Theatre, directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch. The production opens December 4th and runs through January 8th.  

Tlaloc Rivas (MFA '99) directed a production of ...

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UTS Shakespeare Banner

On Thursday December 1st the Undergraduate Theater Society opens their second show of the season The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. Directed by BA student Aaron Jin,this fast-paced, slap-stick comedy takes the audience through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays with incredible comedy and physical exertion! 

In a world of dry, vomitless academia, how do we turn The Complete Works of William Shakespeare into something fun? In December 2016, three actors come together to accomplish the colossal task of giving you...

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Bridget Connors Headshot

We are so excited to have welcomed new faculty member Bridget Connors into our School of Drama family this year. Bridget joins us as a Senior Lecturer in Voice and Dialect, after having been the head of Voice and Movement at Point Park University in Pittsburgh for over ten years. Last week I sat down with Bridget to learn a little bit more about our new addition! 
- Bobbin Ramsey, Editor and Constituent Relations Officer 

Hi Bridget, can you tell me a little bit about how you came to the UW?

Before coming to...

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Agent G Slider

School of Drama undergraduates have been teaming up with Intiman Theatre Casting Director Ali el-Gasseir to bring the crazy world of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G to life! 

When playwright Qui Nguyen refuses to finish his "Gook Story Trilogy," his main character kidnaps him and force him to pen the story he's been avoiding for ten years, in this hysterical meta-theatrical ride filled with racist puppets, ninjas, and one very angry David Henry Hwang. 

This is director Ali el-Gasseir's second production with the School of Drama, after directing Walk Across...

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Bria Fucking A

This week we open Suzan-Lori Parks’ challenging and powerful piece, Fucking A.

Parks’ otherworldly adaptation of The Scarlet Letter reimagines Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tragic tale of an exiled adulteress. Hester Smith—branded A for Abortionist—plies her trade in order to regain a life she’s lost. D.C. Theatre Scenecalled the play “mythically powerful.” Parks’ is a master of harnessing language and music in a way that lets her stories land in the deep parts of your brain, and that talent is on full display here.

This play feels so tuned to this particular moment...

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Alexandra Tavares in Madea at Seattle Shakespeare Company

Brandon Ivie (BA alum) opened Lizard Boy: The Musical at  Diversionary Theatre in San Diego on September 29th. This is the second production of the new musical, which premiered at the Seattle Repertory Theatre last year. 

Spencer Hamp (BA '14) ...

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Debate Poster

On Thursday, October 20th, the Undergraduate Theater Society kicked off their 20th season with Debate: An Improvised Comedy. Directed by BA student Anders Peterson,this long-form improvisation show is modeled after the presidential debates, where by the end of the performance, the audience is tasked with electing their new leader! 

"Finally, a Presidential debate focused on issues real Americans care about. This year, our candidates have solutions for any and all problems facing America, be it phones without headphone jacks or bad Uber drivers. Each solution comes from the...

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We had a festive night at the eighth annual Gregory Awards at McCaw Hall. The School of Drama was proud to be cheering on 17 different nominees in 11 different categories from our UW Drama Family. Congratulations to all the nominees and winner from last night's ceremony.

DESDEMONA CHIANG - Outstanding Director for Constellations at the Seattle Repertory Theatre

PAMELA REED - Outstanding Actress in a Play for Luna Gale at the Seattle Repertory Theatre 

RAY TAGAVILLA - Outstanding Actor in a Play for The...

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