UW School of Drama
Hello Alumni and Friends,

Greetings from the UW School of Drama!  
 
Awards abound at the UW School of Drama this spring.  Professor of Scenic Design Thomas Lynch has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his design of Happiness directed by Susan Stroman and playing at Lincoln Center. On campus, Technical Director Alex Danilchik was awarded a Distinguished Staff Award. This award comes with a cash prize and Alex will be honored at a campus wide ceremony next month. UW seniors voted for their favorite professor and the winner is Drama's Associate Professor of Acting and Directing, Andrew Tsao.  Andrew now has the honor of giving the traditional "Who Gets the Last Word" lecture before graduation.  Watch Andrew on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3yrY-OzBo.
Congratulations all!  
 
Visit our new website with its new, easy to remember address: 
drama.washington.edu
Spring 2009  In this Issue...

* Playhouse Renovation Complete
* Floyd & Delores Jones
* Memories of the Playhouse
* Name a Seat
* On Stage This Month
* Students Travel to Edinburgh
* Alumni News and Information
* Next Season
* Support the School
Jones Playhouse Renovation Complete
Audiences had a Sneak Peek

 
 
The Jones Playhouse opened its doors in March to audiences for the first time since completing a $10M renovation. While the official re-opening will take place in October, audiences enjoyed a sneak peek at this state-of-the-art theatre with the UW Drama production of Our Town. Check out the Jones Playhouse (don't miss the slideshow!) featured in this University Week article: Read more: 
 
 
Pictured: Special event during Our Town
Who are Floyd and Delores Jones?
Socially Conscious Alums
 
The naming of the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse honors the generosity of Floyd Udell Jones (UW, 1954) who shared with his late wife Delores, (UW, 1950), a love of theatre and a belief in its importance as an agent of social justice. Floyd and Delores firmly believed in giving back to their community. They shared their success in life and became well known for their philanthropy, supporting the arts, education, health care, civil liberties, and other causes about which they cared deeply. After Delores's death in 2005, Floyd made a leadership gift in her honor to help restore the Playhouse Theatre and to continue its long tradition of socially significant theatre.

 
Our Town was the first production in the restored theatre during it "soft" opening. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama appropriately honors the history of this venue, which in 1929 became a theatre whose plays portrayed the struggles of ordinary people. The performances of Our Town also celebrate Floyd and Delores Jones, without whose remarkable generosity this theatre could not have been transformed, and would not be embarking on its new life. A formal dedication and re-opening celebration of the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse will take place on October 30, 2009.
 
Pictured top right: Floyd & Delores Jones, Photo by Team Photogenic, 2005
What Do You Remember about the Playhouse?

Submit your Memories

The School will be producing a commemorative program for the grand re-opening of the Playhouse and we want your memories! What do you remember? Being in a production or simply watching a production?  Did your husband propose? Did you? Did you learn something significant on stage or behind the scenes that changed your life or your perspective? Do you still remember a specific production, actor, costume or opening night? To submit your memories for possible inclusion in this special program, please send your thoughts to: uwdrama@u.washington.edu.  
Name a Seat and Get into the Act!

Support the Restoration of the Historic Playhouse Theatre

 
The historic Playhouse Theatre on University Way has been  transformed into the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, a premier performance venue for the city and a state-of-the-art teaching lab for students.

Nearly $10.8 million has already been committed to fund the $11.3 million renovation. However, we still need to raise nearly $300,000 to fully equip the Playhouse before the dedication and gala re-opening in October 2009.
 
This is where you can get into the act! With a gift of $1,000, you can become a Friend of the Playhouse and receive special benefits and advantages. For a gift of $2,500, you can Name-a-Seat and join the Jones Playhouse Players. Gifts of any size are valued and will bring us that much closer to reaching our goal.
 
For more information about supporting the Campaign for the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, please visit drama.washington.edu or contact Courtney Russell, Assistant  Director of Advancement, at (206) 221-6797 or crussel@u.washington.edu.
On Stage This Month

One Act Directors Showcase
 
American Century
by Murphy Guyer 
directed by Paula Bennett 
 
Set amidst the era of hope at the end of WWII, Tom returns from war to his doting wife. As they begin to celebrate, they are surprised by a stranger who claims to be from the future.

Apollo of Bellac
by Jean Giraudoux
directed by Alyson Roux

Charm and delight fill the office of the International Bureau of Inventions in Paris when timid Agnes learns the secret to a woman's success and twirls men into a twitter.
 
May 24 - June 7
Penthouse Theatre
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BA Students Off to Edinburgh (again)

 
Undergrads Present World Premiere
 
This summer Professor Andrew Tsao and 22  BA students will bring the world premiere of The Grind Show to Edinburgh, Scotland. 
The show is an original theatre piece developed and performed by undergraduate drama students known as the TBA Collaborative.  The show will run August 5-21 in the prestigious C Venues, showcasing UW students to a worldwide audience.
 
Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now the single largest performing arts festival in the world.  It consists of over 2500 performing arts events in the month of August.  UW students study drama, see plays, meet artists and participate in a range of events that most returning students describe as life-changing.
Alumni News and Information

Alumni News and Information

GRADbag has all the news! Click here for all the recent information: GRADbag Spring 2009.

If you're not listed, maybe we haven't heard from you! Send your career news to uwdrama@u.washington.edu and we'll  include your news in the next issue.
 
Next Season at UW Drama

Spirits, Magic, and Epic Tales Come to UW Drama

MFA directors take center stage next season with one thesis and two productions from this talented group.  First up, will be Alyson Roux (r) who will direct Jose Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.  Winter brings David Crowe's thesis production of Candide (the play) based on the novel by Voltaire.  In Spring, we'll travel to 19th Century Ireland with Brian Friel'sTranslations directed by Paula Bennett (l).  
 
But before these great shows, the Jones Playhouse officially opens with Shakespeare's The Tempest directed by alumnus and former faculty member, M. Burke Walker.
 
 
Throughout the Winter Quarter there will also be a series of play readings in the Jones Playhouse.  Details will be available at a later date.
 
A multi-collaborative piece will round out the year in June.  This community focused event and directed by Head of Design, Geoff Korf, Two Noble Kinsmen promises to be a very special event.
Support the School!
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MFA actors travel to NYC and LA to audition for industry professionals.
Please consider donating miles and help launch their careers.
 
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Help shape the future of the UW School of Drama.
 
 
Questions? Courtney Russell crussel@u.washington.edu