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Directing student Malika Oyetimein

Second-year MFA directing student Malika Oyetimein was selected for the City Arts Magazine 2016 Future List.

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Andrew Tsao

from UW Today

by Peter Kelley

Introducing new generations of students to Shakespeare might be less daunting if begun with study of a single, intriguing line, said Andrew Tsao, UW associate professor of drama, at recent workshop for educators on the First Folio at the Seattle Public Library.

The First Folio is the common name for a 1623 volume formally titled “Mr. Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies.” It was the first to preserve such...

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Will Alvin (MFA '09) at work in LA.

Susan Champion (PATP '95) earned her law degree in 2011 and is featured in a documentary film for her work as a lawyer for The Stanford Justice Advocacy Project (formerly the Three Strikes Project). "The Return" will have its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.

J Jha (PATP '14) is currently playing in Rickshaw Girl at Bay...

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The Secretaries, show poster

Patty Johnson, a new secretary at Cooney Lumber Mill, is a little overqualified and a little concerned. What's up with this mandatory Slim Fast Diet? Where do these women get their lumberjack jackets? And what is happening to all of the attractive lumberjacks!? Discover with Patty the truth of femininity in this satirical comedy about gender norms, sexuality, and empowerment.

The Secretaries
by The Five Lesbian Brothers
directed by Alyssa Karounos
April 21–May 1

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MFA director Malika Oyetimein stages Kia Corthron’s explosive socio-political drama about three generations of African American police officers torn apart by the very organization to which they have dedicated their loyalty and working lives. Corthron tells an unflinching and deeply felt story of tragically flawed human beings trying to do the right thing in difficult circumstances and getting it very, very wrong. As timely now as it was when first produced in 2001, Force Continuum stands as a potent theatrical criticism of modern day police brutality and the relationship...

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Todd London

Executive Director Todd London delivered the keynote address at the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations conference, hosted by Theatre Puget Sound in Seattle, April 6, 2016. An edited version of that address was published on

From the address: "What if we in the arts are the people standing between the fall and survival of a civil society? And what if the only way to save that society is to disengage entirely from the economic model that brought us to this brink?"

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Katrina Ernst

Dear Readers,

We launched The Through-Line in January 2014 in an effort to share with you—our students, alumni, prospective students, and colleagues in Seattle and across the country—the excellent work being done by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Like all units at the University of Washington—and higher education institutions world-wide—we here at the School of Drama strive for academic excellence. Positioning ourselves as a hub for academic, as well as creative, excellence is the challenge we share with our fellow arts units at a top-tier research university....

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Ki Gottberg, directing her play ‘The Last Salmon’ at The Merc Playhouse. Photo by Claire Waichler.

Ki Gottberg (PATP '83) (pictured) is the artistic director of the The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, WA and recently directed The Last Salmon.

Cathy Madden (principal lecturer)contributed a chapter to Marjorie Barstow—Her Teaching and Training, just published by Moritz.

Andrew Tsao (professor) presented the keynote address for the...

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Simon Tran at the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the Civil Rights Pilgrimage with UW's Dept. of Communication.

What does research in the arts look like? Executive Director Todd London has poised this question to the students and faculty of the School of Drama—and the larger University of Washington community—since stepping into the position in August 2014. In March, the performing arts units at the University announced a three-year $750,000 grant from the Andrew A. Mellon Foundation that will fund a pilot Creative Fellowships Initiative to explore the nature of creative research at a top public research university. While planning for implementing the initiative continues, it is undergraduate...

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After 26 years on the faculty at the UW School of Drama, Judith Shahn, senior lecturer in voice and dialects, is retiring at the end of the academic year. Before she leaves for world adventures, she sat down to reflect on those 26 years.

What were you doing in your career before coming to UW Drama?

I got my BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and from there I went right to New York and started trying to get work as an actor. I got some off-off-Broadway, some extra work in film and television, and some...

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