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Alumni from the University of Washington School of Drama are advancing the artistic conversation through their innovative and diverse work both regionally and across the globe. Our graduates, many who have gone on to become highly successful, represent the best of what the School of Drama has to offer. Whether they went on to become television stars, acclaimed film producers, exceptional costume designers, artistic directors, or theatrical entrepreneurs, the UW School of Drama was the foundation for their growth as artists.

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  • a photo of Barzin_Akhavan
    MFA, Acting, Class of 2007
  • a photo of Samer Al-Saber
    Assistant Professor, Stanford University, PhD, Theater History and Criticism, Class of 2013
  • John Aylward
    BFA, Drama (PATP) , Class of 1971
  • Tim Bond
    Artistic Director, TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley, MFA, Directing, Class of 1983
  • Linsey Bostwick headshot
    Director of Artistic Planning, The Arts Center at NYUAD, BA, Drama, Class of 2000
  • Production Designer, MFA Scenic Design, Class of 1999
  • Melanie Burgess
    Costume Designer, MFA, Costume Design, Class of 2002
  • a photo of Ken Cerniglia
    Broadway Dramaturg, Scholar & Writer, PhD, Theater History and Criticism, Class of 2001
  • a photo of Christina Chang
    MFA, Acting, Class of 1996
  • Desdemona Chiang by Steve Korn
    Stage Director, Seattle Rep, ACT, South Coast Rep, Guthrie Theater, MFA, Directing, Class of 2009
  • Mairi Chisholm
    Costume Designer and Commercial Stylist, MFA, Costume Design, Class of 2007
  • a photo of Josh Costello
    Director, 59E59, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, MFA, Directing, Class of 2003
  • Tré Cotten
    Hollywood Dialect Coach, Director, Actor, MFA, Acting, Class of 2017
  • Linda Emond
    MFA, Acting (PATP), Class of 1986
  • a photo of Trish Harnetiaux
    Playwright, Filmmaker and Podcast Creator, BA, Drama, Class of 1998
  • a photo of Bria Henderson
    MFA, Acting, Class of 2018
  • Gregg Henry Headshot
    BFA, Drama (PATP), Class of 1975
  • Marya Sea Kaminski
    Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Public Theater, MFA, Acting, Class of 2004
  • Richard Karn
    BFA, Drama (PATP), Class of 1979
  • Carl Kennedy
    MFA, Acting, Class of 2010
  • Mariana Klaveno
    BA, Drama, Class of 2009
  • a picture of Lenne Klingaman
    MFA, Acting, Class of 2007
  • Anna Lamadrid (Photo: Joanne DeGeneres)
    Playwright and Performer, MFA, Acting, Class of 2015
  • Andrew Layton
    Set Designer and member of the Art Directors Guild, Local 800, MFA, Set Design, Class of 2005
  • Allison Leach Headshot
    Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer, BA, Drama, Class of 2000
  • Andrew Lieberman Headshot
    Set Designer, MFA, Scenic Design, Class of 1998
  • Ada Limon Headshot
    Author and Guggenheim Fellow (2020), BA, Drama, Class of 1998
  • Kyle Maclachlan
    BFA, Acting (PATP), Class of 1982
  • Andrew Mannion
    Scene Designer/Lecturer, Union College, MFA, Scenic Design, Class of 2012
  • a photo of Amy Rose Marsh
    Vice President, Acquisitions and Artistic Development, Concord Theatricals, BA, Drama, Class of 2005
  • Joel McHale
    Actor, Comedian, Producer, Television Host, MFA, Acting, Class of 2000
  • Bridget McKevitt
    Actor, MFA. Acting, Class of 2018
  • Thorn Michaels
    Gregory Award-winning Lighting Designer, MFA, Lighting Design, Class of 2016
  • Rene Millan
    Actor, Director, Educator, MFA, Acting, Class of 1999
  • Leyla Modrizadeh
    Lecturer in Acting and Public Speaking, UC, Berkeley, MFA, Acting, Class of 1994
  • Michael Navarra
    Actor, Director, Producer, Educator, MFA, Acting, Class of 2002
  • a photo of Joe Ngo
    Actor, Writer, Performer, MFA, Acting, Class of 2015
  • Malika Oyetimein stands facing the camera in a maroon top
    Director and Playwright, Directors Lab at Lincoln Center, MFA, Directing, Class of 2017
  • a photo of Detra Payne
    Lecturer, Northwestern University, School of Communication, BA, Drama, Class of 1990
  • Pamela Reed
    BFA, Drama (PATP), Class of 1975
  • Peggy Shannon Headshot
    Dean, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at SDSU, MFA, Directing, Class of 1986
  • Lynn Shelton Headshot
    Director, Filmmaker, BA. Drama, Class of 1987
  • Ron Simons
    Tony Award-winning Producer, MFA, Acting, Class of 2001
  • Jean Smart
    BFA, Drama (PATP), Class of 1974
  • Harris Smith
    Dean, University of New Mexico, College of Fine Arts, MFA, Acting, Class of 1991
  • Lois Smith headshot
    BA, Drama, Class of 1951
  • Leslie Swackhamer headshot
    Stage Director, Producer, Executive Director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, MFA, Directing, Class of 1990
  • Alexandra Tavares
    MFA, Acting, Class of 2005
  • Actor, Entrepreneur, Educator, MFA, Acting, Class of 2014
  • Amy Kim Waschke Headshot
    Actor, BA, Drama, Class of 1997 and MFA, Acting, Class of 2004
  • a photo of Dawn Wells
    BA, Drama, Class of 1960
  • Jennifer Zeyl
    Scenic and Costume Designer, MFA, Scenic Design, Class of 2003

Alumni Websites

BA in Drama
Name Job Title Class Year
Arsenault, Holly Playwright 2001
Buron, Ingrid Sanai Professional Actor 1995
Harnetiaux, Trish Playwright, Filmmaker and Podcast Creator 1998
Limón, Ada Author and Guggenheim Fellow (2020) 1998
Place, Michael Founding Artistic Curator, One Coast Collaboration 2004
Ramsey, Bobbin Theatre and Film Director 2013
Shanthi, Hope Professional Actor 2012
Smith, Devon Co-founder, Measure Creative 2006
MFA in Acting (Professional Actor Training Program)
Name Job Title Class Year
Fort, Claire Professional Actor 2016
Franks, Alyssa Professional Actor 2020
Frear, Amy Actor and Filmmaker 2011
Gilliespie, Brian Director and Educator 2006
Glaser, Tamsen Professional Actor 2018
Henderson, Hailey Actor and Teaching Artist 2020
Henke, Saffron Assistant Professor of Theatre, Colorado State University 2001
Holman, Asialani Professional Actor 2021
Hutchison, Christopher Actor, Director, Member of the Resident Acting Company at The Alley Theatre 1999
Kaminiski, Marya Sea Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Public Theater 2004
Kruse, Phil Partner, Artistic Director, Bandit Filmworks 2012
Lamadrid, Anna Playwright and Performer 2015
Ludwigsen, Jennefer Professional Actor 2009
McHale, Joel Actor, Comedian, Producer, Television Host 2000
McKevitt, Bridget Actor 2018
McLeod, Katharine Professional Actor 2008
Millan, Rene Actor, Director, Educator 1999
Miller, Semaj Actor, Director, Artist 2020
Modrizadeh, Leyla Lecturer in Acting and Public Speaking, UC, Berkeley 1994
Navarra, Michael Actor, Director, Producer, Educator 2002
Ngo, Joe Actor, Writer, Performer 2015
Pavela, Tatiana Actor and Theatre Artist 2017
Raney, Colleen Traditional Irish Singer 2001
Shue, Jonathan Actor and Education Director for Dusty Strings Music Store & School 2014
Simons, Ron Tony Award-winning Producer 2001
Telesmar, Christian Actor, Entrepreneur, Educator 2014
Thorne, Jessica Director of Customer Success, Funnel Gorgeous 2020
Vetter, Erika Actor and Educator 2021
Virden, Zach Actor and Production Assistant, Blindlight 2016
von Fliss, Montana Public Speaking Trainer and Actor 2008
Waschke, Amy Kim Actor 2004
Young, Jack Head of Professional Actor Training Program, University of Houston 1986
MFA in Design
Name Job Title Class Year
Apatoff, Rachel Costume Designer 2012
Arnold, Paul Lighting Designer 2014
Bartek, Ann Scenic Designer and Assistant Art Director 2004
Bernard, John Lighting and Projection Designer 2015
Brown, Amiya Lighting and Scenic Designer, Visual Artist, Educator (Seattle U) 2010
Brown, Christopher Production Designer 1999
Buckstaff, Meleta Costume Designer and Artist 2017
Burgess, Melanie Costume Designer 2002
Chisholm, Mairi Costume Designer and Commercial Stylist 2007
Cumings, Marnie Lighting Designer 2012
Fischer, Kenrick Lighting Designer 2017
Hogue, Emily Woods Costume Designer 2018
Huang, Chun Yen Lighting Designer 2020
Layton, Andrew Set Designer and member of the Art Directors Guild, Local 800 2005
Lee, Kuan Ying Costume Designer 2021
Legate, Joshua Lighting, Projection and Scenic Designer 2021
Lieberman, Andrew Set Designer 1998
Lim, Czerton Associate Professor of Theatre, Scenic Design at SUNY Fredonia 2006
Mannion, Andrew Scene Designer/Lecturer, Union College 2012
Marcos, Lex Scenic designer and Visual storyteller 2017
Michaels, Thorn Gregory Award-winning Lighting Designer 2016
Minahan, Michael Studio and Scenic Painter/Designer 2011
Moreno Caycho, Jessica Costume Designer 2021
Ogasawara, Maya Costume and Scenic Designer 2015
Parker, Amber Lighting Designer 2018
Petrovich, Michaela Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technologies, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 2014
Roberts, Jared Scenic Designer and Technical Director 2015
Sanchez, Martin MFA in Costume Design 2021
Shao, Chih-Hung MFA Lighting Design 2021
Short, Melinda MFA Lighting Design 2007
Sipila, Jennifer MFA Scenic Design 2014
Smucker, Matthew MFA Scenic Design 2002
Soble, Kyle MFA Lighting Design 2017
TenEyck, Steve MFA Lighting Design 2001
Webb, Matthew MFA Lighting Design 2018
Weinzatl, Pamela MFA Costume Design 2018
Williams, Marion MFA Scenic Design 2003
Winterle, Alex MFA Scenic Design 2018
Zeyl, Jennifer Scenic and Costume Designer 2003
Zibello, Deanna MFA Scenic Design 2009
MFA in Directing (Professional Director Training Program)
Name Job Title Class Year
Adcock-Starr, Leah MFA Directing 2015
Bennett, Paula MFA in Directing 2011
Chiang, Desdemona Stage Director, Seattle Rep, ACT, South Coast Rep, Guthrie Theater 2009
Coopman, Andrew MFA Directing 2021
Costello, Josh Director, 59E59, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse 2003
Domski, Jude MFA Directing 2000
Haefner, Cody Holliday MFA in Directing 2019
Oyetimein, Malika Director and Playwright, Directors Lab at Lincoln Center 2017
Polzin, Tina MFA Directing 2015
Post Wallace, Kristie MFA Directing 2021
Rivas, Tlaloc MFA Directing 1999
Shannon, Peggy Dean, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at SDSU 1986
Swackhamer, Leslie Stage Director, Producer, Executive Director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 1990
PhD Program
Name Job Title Class Year
Al-Saber, Samer Assistant Professor, Stanford University 2013
Anderson, Lisa Ph.D.; now at Arizona State University 1995
Barnett, Dennis Ph.D.; now at Coe College 1998
Browne, Jyana PhD Program, now at University of Maryland 2017
Canning, Charlotte Ph.D.; now at University of Texas at Austin 1991
Cerniglia, Ken Broadway Dramaturg, Scholar & Writer 2001
Cheek O'Donnell, Sydney Ph.D.; now at University of Utah 2004
Chemers, Michael Ph.D.; now at UC Santa Cruz 2001
Cima, Gibson PhD program; now at Northern Illinois University 2012
Coen, Elizabeth PhD 2016
Cross, Lezlie PhD, now at University of Portland 2013
Donkin, Ellen Ph.D.; now at Hampshire College 1982
Douthit, Lue Ph.D.; now Director of Literary Dev. & Dramaturgy, Oregon Shakespeare Festival 1995
Finque, Susan PhD Program 2017
Goodson, Christopher PhD, Cornish College of the Arts 2017
Granshaw, Michelle Ph.D.; now at University of Pittsburgh 2012
Higgins, Jeanmarie Ph.D.; now at Penn State School of Theatre 2011
Holland, Dorothy Ph.D.; now at University of Richmond 1999
Jackson-Schebetta, Lisa Ph.D.; now at Skidmore College 2010
Johnson, Katie Ph.D.; now at Miami University 1996
Jones Cavanaugh, Jennifer Ph.D.; now at Rollins College 1995
Kammer, Mimi PhD; now at Simpson College 2011
Karlidag, Bahar PhD Program; now at Yeditepe University 2017
Lunderman, Shelby PhD program; now at Seattle Pacific University 2020
Lutterbie, John PhD program, Chair of Theatre Arts, Stony Brook University 1983
Marsh Krauter, Sarah PhD Program 2017
May, Theresa Ph.D.; now at University of Oregon 2000
Monson, Duygu PhD Program 2021
Polster, Joshua Ph.D.; now at Emerson College 2006
Read, Alan PhD Program, now at King's College London 1989
Reilly, Kara Ph.D.; now at University of Exeter, UK 2006
Russell, Susan Ph.D.; now at Gettysburg College 1993
Sieg, Katrin Ph.D.; now at Georgetown University 1991
Smith, Terry Donovan Ph.D.; now at California State University, San Bernardino 1996
Sullivan, Esther Beth Ph.D.; now at Alaska Pacific University 1989
Underiner, Tamara Ph.D.; now at Arizona State University 1997
Warner, Vessela Ph.D; now at University of Alabama at Birmingham 2002
Wilcox, Dean Ph.D.; now at University of North Carolina School of the Arts 1994
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