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Poster for "Blood Wedding." Directed by Tina Polzin (MFA '15).

Newly minted alums Hannah Schwendeman andSimon Tran were gonfalonieres at the UW Commencement on June 11.

David Morden (PATP '93) is the voice/text coach for Santa Cruz Shakespeare this summer, as well as directing the intern production of Orlando.

Tina Polzin (MFA '15) is producing and directing ...

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Tre Cotten in "Force Continuum" at UW Drama. Photo by Mike Hipple.

Students, facutly, and staff keep busy in the summer months too! Check out the work being done outside of Hutchinson Hall.

Tré Cotten (PATP) can be seen in the world premiere of Daisy at ACT Theatre, originating the role of Clifford Lewis.

Matt Webb (MFA Lighting) is assisting Robert Aguilar on Wedding Band and is the lighting designer for ...

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Catherine Cole, newly appointed Divisional Dean of the Arts and Professor of Drama

From the College of Arts & Sciences news release:

May 5, 2016 Seattle— Robert Stacey, Dean of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences, announced that Catherine Cole, formerly professor and chair of the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California Berkeley, is joining the College of Arts & Sciences as Divisional Dean for the Arts and Professor of Drama.

“Catherine will be a wonderful addition to our leadership in the College,” stated Dean Stacey. “She has an impressive record as a...

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 Darragh Kennan and Andrew McGinn in Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Andrew McGinn (MFA '13) (pictured, right) is Dr. John Watson in Seattle Rep's Sherlock Holmes and The American Problem, with costumes by faculty member Deb Trout, running through May 22.

Javonna Arriaga (BA '13) can be seen in eSe Teatro's production of Bernie's Apt, running at ACT Theatre through May 28....

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Over 150 alumni, current students, faculty and staff, past and present, and friends of the School of Drama celebrated its 75th Anniversary during an all-class reunion weekend at Hutchinson Hall.

On Saturday, May 7, we met and partied in rooms 202 and 201. Present were students from the 1940s to the 2000s, as well as emeritus faculty, including Aurora Valentinetti, Betty Comtois, and Barry Witham.

In one of the most beautiful moments of the evening, Senior Lecturer Judith Shahn, the voice of the School of Drama for the past 26 years, led us all...

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"Skies Over Seattle" runs June 3-5

Skies Over Seattle examines the nature of the tiny American individual under a vast shared sky—specifically, the sky over the U-District in Seattle. Three world-premiere, student generated performances have evolved out of a year of collaboration and conversation between UW Drama students and three U-District community groups: ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, and Elizabeth Gregory Home.

The performances built for and about these communities are woven together into one installation performance.


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Poster for "Hamlet"

A father murdered. A murderer crowned. After being summoned home for his father's funeral—and his mother's marriage to the new king, Claudius—Prince Hamlet learns there may be foul play involved in the death of the previous king and feigns madness in an effort to delve into the deception shrouding Denmark's throne. However, his quest for truth calls into question two polar identities, leaving him forced to make a choice. Is he the noble prince who does what is best for his country, or the dutiful son who stops at nothing to exact revenge upon his father's killer? Stuck in the center...

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"...And Hilarity Ensues..." cast members. Photo by Mike Hipple.

Plays from the School of Drama’s inaugural 1940-41 season are reimagined in an immersive, multi-media theatre experience. The audience is invited to walk freely through time and space as the historic Penthouse Theatre comes alive.

The Horse in Motion ensemble and UW School of Drama undergraduates have devised an original performance that allows the audience to come face to face with the turbulent past of 20th Century America and how we have taught ourselves to escape. From the Great Depression and Pearl Harbor to the fractured cultural landscape of today, …...

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Nathan Wornian, AJ Friday, and Hazel Lozano discuss logistics for performing their theater piece in a U-District alley.

Skies Over Seattle—a collaborative, student-driven theatre project with community partners in the University Disctrict—is featured in this month's issue of the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives newsletter. Led by PearlDamour duo Lisa D'Amour and Katie Pearl (BA '96) and Engagement Strategist Ashley Sparks, School of Drama undergraduate and graduate students have been volunteering at three community organizations in the U-District since October 2015: ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The People's Harm Reduction Alliance, and Elizabeth Gregory Home.

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Desdemona Chiang

Desdemona Chiang (MFA Directing 2009) is featured in the May edition of City Arts Magazine, talking about her theatre roots and upcoming project at this summer's Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she sets Shakespeare's Winter's Tale in both old-world China and new-world America.

From the article: “For me this play is profoundly spiritual,” she says. “To feel healed, to feel restored, to feel complete and whole, not in that happily-ever-after way, but in a way that brings us some degree of peace in a world of suffering. These are things that all people seek, and I think...

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