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Valerie Curtis-Newton

Currently the Head of Directing and Playwriting at the University of Washington School of Drama, I also serve as the Founding Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project, an African American theatre lab. I have worked with professional theatre's across the country including: The Guthrie Theatre, Steppenwolfe, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Rep, Playmakers Repertory Comany, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, and Southern Repertory Theatre among others.

Awards: 2020: Seattle Times Most Influential People of the Last Decade; 2019: Theatre Puget Sound - Gregory Falls Award for Sustained Achievement; 2016: Seattle Times Footlight Award (Best in Show) 2014: Stranger Genius Awards in Performance and the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture; 2012: Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Direction; 2001: Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s (SDCF) Gielgud Directing Fellowship 1997-1999: NEA/TCG Career Development Fellowship for DirectorsChoreographers (SDC).

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Welcome to Teaching Theatre

Welcome to Teaching Theatre

19 March 2024

Host Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder talks with Valerie Curtis-Newton (University of Washington) and Cynthia Henderson (Ithaca College) about the changes and challenges university theatre training programs are facing in this moment, as well as some strategies to address these issues. This premiere episode touches on many of the topics we will discuss throughout the season: work ethic, teaching difficult material, and reinventing the canon, and more.

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Emerging from the Crucible

Emerging from the Crucible

11 March 2013

Valerie Curtis-Newton writes about her experience at The Hansberry project, and the neccessity of producing black artists.