School of Drama Dec E-news

The last week of autumn classes is upon us. As we head into the holiday season, we're all making lists - of the theatre we plan to go see, the movies we plan to watch, and the books we plan to dive into. Check out the Holiday 2013 Drama Picks and have yourself a drama-filled (hopefully not of the family kind) December!

In this issue:

UTS Presents: Woyzeck
Invest in an Actor
Sarah Nash Gates Designs Costumes for 5th Avenue's Oliver!
Drama Picks for your December
Alumni News

Upcoming Events 


Final Weekend for Woyzeck

Woyzeckbuy tickets
By Georg Büchner
Directed by Elizabeth Schiffler 
Remaining shows: Thurs-Sun, Dec 5-8 at 7:30 pm
Cabaret Theatre

Produced by the Undergraduate Theater Society, Georg Büchner's Woyzeck is the story of Franz Woyzeck, a poor soldier who struggles through life to support his mistress and child. Subject to the unjust treatment of his superiors, Woyzeck crumbles under the inability to express himself and control his life. Although Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck was left unfinished due to the author’s young death, his play is a timeless reminder of our responsibility as humans, and what we owe others and ourselves.

For more information about the Undergraduate Theater Society, check out their website and Facebook page.

Photo credit: Lauren Beck


Invest in an Actor

You've seen them grace our stages for the past three seasons. Now Brianne, Amanda, Yesenia, Pankaj, Darius, Jonathan, Christian, and Kimberly are preparing for their Showcase Audition Tour (Seattle, LA,and NY), the capstone of their education at UW.

If you laughed at their antics in The Real Inspector Hound or hoped and dreamed for them in Landscape of the Body, then please take a moment to consider investing in their future.

Donations of all sizes help to cover the considerable expense of participating in the Showcase Audition tour. Your investment will help with food, housing, and transportation, and covers the cost of resumes, headshots, film reel production, promotional material, and rehearsal and performance space fees.

DONATE TODAY and help launch successful careers for our students. Be sure to select the "Invest in an Actor" fund when making your donation.

Photo credit Joanna Brooks.

5th Avenue's Oliver!

Sarah Nash Gates Designs Costumes for Oliver!

buy ticketsOliver!
Directed by David Armstrong
Choreography by Bob Richard
Based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist
Book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart
Through December 31
5th Avenue Theatre 

Oliver! returns to the 5th Avenue Theatre's stage for the first time in 20 years and our very own, esteemed Executive Director Sarah Nash Gates took on the herculean task of designing the costumes for the massive production. 5th Avenue Artistic Director David Armstrong called on Sarah to tackle the task and 250 costumes later, we all get to see it come alive. Check out City Arts Magazine's behind-the-scenes photo essay with the "master designer."

Photo credit: Mark Kitaoka


Drama Picks for your December!

Our faculty, students, and staff are here to help keep your December drama filled. All month long, we'll be posting our December Drama Picks on Facebook. Be sure to like us and follow along. Here's a sampling of the theatre we'll be seeing, the movies we'll be watching, and the books and plays we'll be reading. Happy December!

The Actor and the Target American Wee-Pie 12 Years a Slave

Jonathan Shue, PATP '14: Reading The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan

Tina Polzin, MFA Directing Candidate: Play to see: American Wee-Pie at Seattle Public Theater. Play to read: The Hostage by Brendan Behan

Eric Uthus: Will be seeing The Hound of the Baskervilles at Seattle Rep. And The Wolf of Wall Street this Christmas.

Professor Jeffrey Fracé: Going to see The Clay Duke at On the Boards and Next Fest NW at Velocity Dance Center, and watching as many films by Andrei Tarkovsky as possible.

Professor Zane Jones: Movies to watch: Blue is the Warmest Color and 12 Years a Slave. Books to read: Conversations With Anne - Twenty Two Interviews by Anne Bogart and Home by Toni Morrison.

Professor Andrew Tsao: Reading T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land in preparation for developing a theatre piece based on it and Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky because it is a rare gem about the great Russian director's thoughts on filmmaking, cinema, art.

Azeotrope, 25 Saints

Alumni News

It's a family affair as four School of Drama alums take to the stage this month in ACT Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol. You can catch Justin Alley (BA '04) as Bob Cratchit, Kurt Beattie as Scrooge, Robert Bergin (PATP '12) as Middle Scrooge, and Jocelyn Maher (BA '13) as Mrs. Fezziwig. 

We are also so proud to be able to congratulate director Desdemona Chiang (MFA '09) on the successful run of two shows at ACT's Central Heating Lab in November. Red Light Winter and 25 Saints were produced by Seattle theatre company Azeotrope, founded by Chiang and fellow UW alum Richard Nguyen Sloniker, PATP '09. Sloniker also starred in both shows alongside James Lapan, PATP '89.

Our alums are also enjoying great success beyond Seattle. Monique Robinson, PATP '12, was just cast for the 2014 season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Tony nominee Linda Emond, PATP '86, was just cast in the new Broadway production of Cabaret. And Ron Simons, PATP '01, has added another producing credit to his success with A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Photo credit Todd Hobert. Libby Barnard and Richard Nguyen Sloniker in 25 Saints.

Upcoming Events

Through December 8
Undergraduate Theater Society: Woyzeck

Wednesday, January 22
Theatre from the Inside Out: Andrew McMasters & Jet City Improv

January 23-February 2
Undergraduate Theater Society: Reefer Madness 

January 29-February 9
World Premiere: Reading to Vegetables

For a full list of upcoming shows and events, visit



Katrina Ernst

School of Drama Address:
Hutchinson Hall
Box 353950
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA 98195-3950

(206) 685-0600 phone
(206) 543-8512 fax

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