15, Actors, 20 Years:
Making Lives In and Out of the American Theatre
by Todd London
1995: Todd London is captivated by 15 actors: the talent-packed graduating class of Harvard's ART. London chronicles the heartbreaks and triumphs of “the 15” throughout their first year as professional actors in New York City.
2015: London tracks down “the 15” to find out what’s become of these exceptional artists. Who is still acting? Who has quit the business? And what does “making it” even mean?
Todd London's first e-book, 15 Actors, 20 Years is the fascinating professional biography of a gifted group — and a meditation on what it means to be an American theatre artist. Foreword by Robert Brustein. Click Here
UW School of Drama Announces 2016-17 Season: New Takes on Past Worlds, featuring plays by Ellen McLaughlin, Suzan-Lori Parks, Qui Nguyen, Anne Washburn, Jordan Harrison, William Shakespeare, Sarah Ruhl, Tina Howe, Maria Irene Fornes, and Jose Rivera. Click Here
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Anne Washburn
I had a friend who woke up one night upon hearing a burglar in his apartment and seeing the flickering light of a candle the burglar was carrying. My friend feigned sleep—with his wife beside him and his teenage son in the next room. He heard the burglar go through the pockets of the pants slung over a chair. He heard—felt, really—the burglar go to the dresser next to him, heard things shuffled, gone through. The next morning—in case there was any question whether he’d been asleep and dreaming—he saw a trail of dried wax on the floor around the bed, the drippings from the candle.
I think about that trail of wax when I think about Anne Washburn, who was just announced winner of this year's prestigious Herb Alpert Award for Theatre. I think about Anne Washburn, whose work I've been tracking for over fifteen years, and about whom I still have many questions. Questions like: is she afraid of the dark? Is she mocking those of us who are...
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Tim Bond Joins the UW School of Drama Faculty.
An alumnus of the School of Drama MFA Directing program, Mr. Bond will teach in both the undergraduate curriculum and the MFA directing and acting programs. For more info, click here
Mellon Foundation grants $750,000 to fund performing arts research.
The Andrew A. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Washington a three-year $750,000 grant to pilot a new Creative Fellowships Initiative that will explore the nature of creative research at a top public research university. The interdisciplinary initiative will advance the field of performing arts by supporting artists in the development of new work and by integrating the performing arts disciplines into the broader curriculum. click here
Carlos Murillo's mind-bending trilogy slips in and out of apocrypha and meta-fiction. Abundantly annotated with five essays and three plays, this beautifully intricate set of works find, lose, loosen, and reanimate, composing from the truth and lies of a deep, weird America. Plays include: Diagram of a Paper Airplane, A Thick Description of Harry Smith (Vol.1), and Your Name Will Follow You Home. Buy the book here!