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Invest in an Actor

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The Invest in an Actor program provides support for the School of Drama Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) Showcase Audition Tour. The Showcase performance, which takes place in the student's third year, allows entertainment industry professionals (such as casting agents, directors, artistic directors, and producers) in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles to mass-audition the graduating class. Producing this PATP Showcase Audition Tour costs approximately $80,000 a year. Donors giving to this fund at the $50 level or greater are eligible to be matched with a PATP class member and receive other benefits. Contact the School of Drama for details, 206-221-6797.

Friends of Drama

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This fund allows us maximum flexibility to use resources where they are most needed: granting student scholarships, hiring visiting artists, introducing career entry activities for graduates, supporting faculty projects, purchasing special equipment, and enriching our curriculum with supplemental teaching. The Friends of Drama Fund allows us to meet the demands of a 21st century education.

School of Drama Scholarship and Award Fund

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In 1962, when Greg Falls was chair of the School of Drama, he felt it necessary to establish a School of Drama Scholarship. This scholarship is typically given to undergraduate students but can be given to graduate students as well. Full-time undergraduate majors may apply in early Spring for School of Drama Scholarship Awards. Annual awards are given to multiple recipients determined by a faculty committee on the basis of demonstrated merit and talent.

Drama Graduate Fellowships

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To provide academic fellowship support to MFA students in the School of Drama.

Witham Endowment for Drama Research

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To provide support to School of Drama undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in support of their academic work.

Sarah Nash Gates Endowed Graduate Student Support Fund

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To provide broad-based, direct financial support to students in the School of Drama, with a preference for graduate students studying design and the goal of encouraging careers in design, acting, directing, and scholarship.

More Funds

Agnes Haaga and Geraldine Siks Child Drama and Theatre for Youth Endowed Fund

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Agnes Haaga and Geraldine Siks, both beloved and distinguished professors emeritus, are innovators and leaders in child drama. This endowment will ensure that coursework and special speakers and events in Theatre for Youth are part of the curriculum offered to undergraduate students at the School of Drama.

Career Entry Fund

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Established by successful actor and PATP graduate, Ron Simons, this fund provides support for career-entry activity for students in the School of Drama. Funds will be used at the discretion of the Executive Director of the School to benefit students in the Professional Acting Training Program, first and foremost, and other students -- undergraduate and graduate -- as distributions are available. The School seeks to build this endowment to $750,000 to eliminate the annual fundraising pressures on third-year PATP students as they prepare for their Showcase Audition Tour.

Drama Graduate Student Support Fund

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This fund gives support to PhD and MFA students to assist in expenses related to career entry activities such as travel expenses, conference attendance and registration fees.

Duncan Ross Endowment Fund

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Duncan Ross was the first Head of the PATP and a beloved professor. Mr. Ross came to the School of Drama in 1964 with an impressive list of achievements. In 1970, he resigned his administrative duties as head of the PATP when he became full-time Artistic Director at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, which he led for a decade. Mr. Ross passed away in 1987. This annual scholarship is given to a PATP student and selected by the Head of the PATP.

Glenn Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund

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In honor of the School of Drama founding director Glenn Hughes, this scholarship was established at the time of his passing in 1964. It is an endowed program that provides up to one year of undergraduate tuition. This scholarship is given only to a BA drama student selected by the School. The Arena Group, an alumni organization consisting of BA graduates, support the health and growth of this fund.

Jack Clay Endowed Fellowship

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Professor Emeritus, Jack Clay, has generously established this fellowship to provide much needed financial assistance to MFA acting students. A distinguished member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, Professor Clay headed our nationally-ranked Professional Actors Training Program from 1986-1991. Prior to his time at UW, Professor Clay led the PATP at Southern Methodist University for twenty years, bringing that program to national prominence. In his student years, Jack trained with such luminaries as Martha Graham, Lee Strasberg, Jacques Lecog, Arthur Lessac, Kristen Linklater and Marjorie Barstow. Mastering technique, style and substance, Jack's instruction emphasizes the use of body, voice, psyche and emotional life to tap into the spirituality of performance.

Jenna Lee Ulrich Memorial Scholarship Fund

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For a deserving BA student who emulates Jenna's spirit and artistic contributions to the School of Drama.

Jones Playhouse Support

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To support the ongoing equipment and maintenance needs of the state-of-the-art Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Theatre, renovated in 2008. Gifts of $2,500 or more qualify for a seat-naming opportunity. Contact the School of Drama for details, 206-221-6797.

Michael J. Wurl PATP Showcase Endowed Fellowship

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Michael J. Wurl, and alumnus and dear friend of the School of Drama, was instrumental in establishing the annual PATP Showcase Benefit in 1999. A 1975 alumnus, Michael believed that the priority of third-year PATP students should be artistic and scholarly pursuits rather than just fundraising for their Showcase audition tour. Established in April 2002, the Michael J. Wurl PATP Endowment Fund provides support for the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP).

Producing Directors Fund

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To facilitate student artistic and professional career development for Masters of Fine Arts directing students in the School of Drama.

School of Drama Celebration & Benefit

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Funds support School of Drama presentations and educational programs.

School of Drama Design Technical Support Fund

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Supports the outfitting of the newly renovated Design Wing at Hutchinson Hall, completed in December 2010. Funds will be used to purchase equipment, furniture and computers for the new lighting and scenic design lab spaces.

The Meri Wada Award for Costuming

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Meri Wada is an amazing woman and costumer who dedicated her 46-year career to the UW School of Drama. Upon her 1997 retirement, a fund was established for an annual award to be given to an undergraduate or graduate costuming student.

Visiting Artists Program Fund

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The UW School of Drama believes that an interactive relationship between our students and working professionals in the theater deeply enriches the academic experience. By working alongside professional artists, our students are challenged, motivated, and inspired and are able to begin bridging their work into the real world. Donations to this fund will help bring guest artists to the School of Drama and will help develop artistic exchanges with local theaters (such as A Contemporary Theater in Seattle) and other venues to bring students in contact with professional artists.

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