Our students truly need your financial support. The financial aid needs for students have increased 200% over the past ten years, which means simply pursuing a degree is costly. And for students who’ve had to rely upon loans to fund their education, the pressure to pay back these weighty loans after graduation can make it virtually impossible to pursue the career for which they are trained. Your contributions to Scholarship Funds in the School of Drama can transform lives, giving our students a fighting chance in this difficult profession to achieve their professional goals.

Scholarship funds need at least $50,000 to become endowed and to ensure that School of Drama students for years to come will receive the support they require.

* denotes funds which have not yet reached the endowment level.

  • School of Drama Scholarship: 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 and contribution to the life of the school.
  • The John Ashby Conway Memorial Scholarship*: John Conway taught design at the School of Drama for 40 years and retired in 1975. He was the original designer of the Penthouse Theater. Upon his death in 1987, the scholarship was set in his name and overseen by his widow, Dorothy. The scholarship is given to an undergraduate student in design/technical.
  • The Jack Clay Endowed Fellowship
    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.
  • Donal Harrington Memorial Scholarship*: Donal (“Dan”) F. Harrington joined the School of Drama faculty as a directing professor in 1938. A beloved teacher and director, he served the school nearly 30 years, retiring in 1967. He spent one year as the School’s Executive Director. Harrington is remembered as remarkable for keeping in touch with all of his students after they graduated. An avid traveler, he could summer almost anywhere in the world and count on spending time with former students turned friends. The Donal Harrington Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student majoring in Drama.
  • William Hill Endowed Scholarship: Established by alumnus Ron Simons, PATP '01, in honor of his grandfather, this endowment supports continued strong recruitment efforts to diversify our student body. A William Hill Scholarship is awarded each year to an African-American student entering the School of Drama's graduate acting program.
  • Glenn Hughes Memorial Scholarship: In honor of Founding School of Drama 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 Arena Group. The Arena Group members are undergraduate School of Drama alumni who preserve the early memories and activities of the School of Drama. They oversee and coordinate this Scholarship program.
  • The Robert B. Loper Memorial Scholarship*: a new scholarship in memory of Robert Loper. Loper joined the School’s faculty as a master acting teacher in 1968. As head of the School’s Directing Program from 1986 to 1990, Loper inspired and guided numerous students. This scholarship will provide a graduate student with a fully supported internship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where Robert Loper worked many years as a company member.
  • The Michael Quinn Writing Prize*: Michael Quinn, a beloved Assistant Professor of Theatre Theory and Criticism, passed away in 1994. His widow, Diane, established this award program for excellence in writing that is open to any drama student.
  • W. Duncan Ross Memorial Scholarship: 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 1979, 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.
  • Shelley & Phil Schermer Endowment Scholorship: Phil and Shelley (Henze) Shermer both graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Drama.  Phil’s MA in Scenery, Lighting Design and Technical Direction and Shelley’s BA in Drama led them both to work in the professional theatre community of Seattle.  Shelley was hired by A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) and the Seattle Rep as a scenic artist and prop master while expanding her repertoire to include scene design, interactive museum exhibits and scenic arts for film and television.  Phil was hired at the University after graduation as the School of Drama’s Theatre Production Supervisor where he oversaw the School’s scenery shop, student workers, and technical staff. Years later Phil worked as the Technical Director of ACT and eventually became the Producing Director.  Along with Shelley, Greg and Jean Falls, and Mac Perkins, Phil founded PNTA, one of the nation’s most successful theatre supply companies.  After Phil’s untimely death in 1997, Shelley has continued as a valued member of the Seattle theatre arts community and has developed this scholarship to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying in the technical and theatre design programs.
  • The Meri Wada Award*: 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 costuming student.

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The education our students receive at the UW School of Drama can only be as good as their faculty. Endowed professorships ensure our ability to attract and maintain the highest caliber faculty.

An endowed fellowship provides direct support for faculty members with the extra dollars earned as interest/dividends on a principal of at least $100,000.
An endowed professorship begins at $250,000.
An endowed chair begins at $1,000,000.

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Program support is critical to the School of Drama’s efforts. It is often the opportunities provided by these funds which sets the School of Drama apart and, by augmenting the work of its prestigious faculty, secures its place among the Top 4 Theatre Programs nationally.

Drama Graduate Student Support Fund
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.

Friends of Drama Fund
The Executive Director uses this fund for program enrichment. This fund gives the School’s Executive Director the flexibility to take advantage of timely, unexpected opportunities it might otherwise miss given the University’s 2-year budget cycle. Among other things, the fund permits the School to bring in visiting artists, to support career-development activities, to make occasional special equipment purchases, to meet special maintenance and update needs for our facilities, to offer additional classes, and to foster the creation of new works.

PATP Showcase Audition Tour Fund
At the UW School of Drama, we want to produce working actors. The craft we instill in our Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) means nothing if they do not get work after graduation. One of the ways the School helps its PATP artists is by helping them produce a Showcase performance, which they perform in their third year for entertainment industry professionals (such as casting agents, directors, artistic directors, and producers) in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles. Producing this PATP Showcase Audition Tour costs approximately $60,000 a year, and the costs are rising.

  • Donors giving to this fund at the $3,500 level or greater are eligible for participation in the School’s Adopt-an-Actor campaign, which matches donors with a final-year PATP class member. A particular benefit of Adopting an Actor is that the contributors are able to connect with their "adoptee" on an individual basis, learn about their work, and even receive updates on the actor’s progress after graduation. Donors may choose to sponsor one or more actors each year at the $3,500 level.
  • Donors giving at any level may elect to have their gift earmarked for use by a specific graduating class. We are currently accepting gifts for the Showcase Audition Tours of the Class of 2004, Class of 2005 and Class of 2006.

Gifts to this fund which are not class-specific may also be allocated for Showcase preparation and support-related expenses of the Professional Actor Training Program.

Showcase Endowment Fund
To provide support for career-entry activity for students in the Professional Actor Training Program in the School of Drama. This fund is already endowed at just more than $100,000. 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 so they can channel their time, instead, into academic and creative work.

The Agnes Haaga-Geraldine Siks Endowment for Youth Drama
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.

Visiting Artists Program Fund
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 the Visiting Artists Program will help fund:

  • Bringing guest artists of national and international stature to the School of Drama and the associated costs such as travel, per diems, housing, materials and honorariums.
  • Developing artistic exchanges, with Seattle's professional theatre companies, to bring artists from their productions to the School of Drama.
  • Formalizing events for students to attend in conjunction with local professional productions.
  • Hiring guest faculty to facilitate obtaining release time for School of Drama faculty, allowing them to pursue creative work and relieving overloads.

WPA Model Restoration
To help restore twelve architectural theatre models built by the Federal Theatre Project craftsmen in Seattle.  Examples of these historic theatres include The Theatre of Dionysus, the Roman Theatre at Orange, the Elizabethan Fortune Theatre, two Kabuki theatres and three medieval pageant wagons.

Michael J. Wurl PATP Endowment Fund
Michael J. Wurl, an alumnus and dear friend of the School of Drama, was instrumental – along with alumna Pamela Reed and Mark Levine – 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 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).



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