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Joel McHale Book Cover

On Saturday, October 29th School of Drama PATP alum and notable television actor will be coming to the University United Methodist Church to promote his new memoir Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be.

 "From his long-running stint making fun of pop culture on E!'s The Soup to his starring role in the cult sitcom Community Joel McHale has been making us laugh for over a decade. This fall, he continues the hilarity in...

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Tonight is our fifth annual Performing Arts Lecture Series featuring presentations by Jesse Oak Taylor from the Department of English, Jason Groves from the Department of Germanics, and Catherine Cole, our new Divisional Dean of the Arts, brought together and curated by School of Drama faculty Scott Magelssen and Stefka Mihaylova. 

COLLABORATION. OPPORTUNITY. ENGAGEMENT. What has traditionally been the purview of an education rooted in the arts and humanities is now being claimed by science, technology,...

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Production Photo from Iphigenia and Other Daughters

Last Friday we started this season with a bang on our opening night of Iphigenia and Other Daughters by Ellen McLaughlin. This re-imagined version of the Fall of the House of Atreus packs a punch with strong direction from UW alumna Marya Sea Kaminski, powerful performances by our graduate and undergraduate actors, and stunning design from MFA and BA designers. 

Professor Mark Jenkins wrote, "One of the very best shows I've seen in my 25 years at UW! Do yourself a favor and go see this." 

Iphigenia and Other Daughters runs ...

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Dear Readers, 

I am so excited to have put together this Fall 2016 issue of The Through-Line. I am a new addition to the staff at the School of Drama, but by no means am I new to the community. I graduated from the BA program in 2012 and since that time I have dedicated my time to making and supporting theatre and the arts. I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the School of Drama, especially in a year where we are continuing to produce bold, engaging, and poignant work. 

One of the most valuable lessons...

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Brandon Ivie with the cast of Lizard Boy The Musical

Leslie Swackhamer (MFA '90) is directingMadame Butterfly at the San Francisco Opera. Running November 6th through December 4th. 

Carl Kennedy (PATP '10) currently performing in A Good Way Out at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, Canada. 

Christina Nicolaou (PATP '08) will be performing in...

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Roz and Ray at the Seattle Repertory Theatre
On November 4th at 7:30pm, we invite you to join us at the Seattle Rep for Roz and Ray, written by School of Drama Senior Artist in Residence, Karen Hartman. This world premier medical drama packs a powerful punch as it tackles issues of hemophilia, family, and love. 
The Seattle Rep is offering $15 discount tickets for Students, and $35 for Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends for this performance only. The performance will be...
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Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre
Our very own 3rd year PATP, Tré Cotten, is currently performing in Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, and we have an exciting opportunity to see Tré and other current graduate students immerse themselves work by a playwright who helped to shape American theatre. 
On Saturday, October 15th at 1:00pm UW PhD, MFA, and PATP students will present an afternoon of dialogue and excerpts from The Sign in Sidney...
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Anders Peterson in rehearsal for DEBATE

Anders Peterson is here to make politics fun, and funny, again. Anders, who is a BA earning his degree in English and Political Science, is directing the first show of the UTS season, Debate (an Improvised Comedy). This full-length improvised performance takes the structure of the presidental debates we know so well, and turns them on their head. Two fictionalized presidential candidates go head to head on issues, and at the end of the performance, the audience has to elect the next leader of the United States of America.  As someone who follows politics closely, Anders couldn't...

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Professor L. Zane Jones is staying busy this year. Before she directs Sarah Ruhl's Orlando for the School of Drama mainstage this spring, she is directing the revolutionary new opera As One. As One tells the story of a transwoman's journey to self-understanding. With only two singers, and performing at Washington Hall in Seattle's central district, this intimate experience will be an entirely new type of opera for many. 

BR: Tell me a little bit more the origin of this project.

ZJ: As One the opera was developed at [...

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As One Promo Photo

We are so excited to learn that Professor L Zane Jones will be directing for the Seattle Opera this fall on a new, and revolutionary piece. AS ONE is the story of a Hannah, a transwoman, on her journey to self-understanding. The production will  also feature the work of Professor Skip Mercier and MFA alum Melanie Taylor Burgess. The opera was written in 2014 and premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). This production is one of a series in the Opera's community...

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