Valerie Curtis-Newton

Valerie Curtis-Newton

Head of Performance, Professor
Directing, Acting


Professor in Acting and Directing and Head of Performance, Valerie is currently an Artistic Associate at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) where she oversees the Hansberry Project, an African American theatre lab. She has directed projects for professional companies, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Childrens Theatre, Northwest Asian American Theatre, and Capitol Repertory Theatre. Valerie has participated in new play development for the New York Theatre Workshop, The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and at the ACT/Hedgebrook and Seattle Rep/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festivals, working with playwrights including Kia Corthron, Caridad Svich, Gina Gionfriddo, Laurie Carols, and Valetta Anderson. In addition, she has served as Artistic Director for The Performing Ensemble of Hartford and the Ethnic Cultural Theatre at the UW and was a participant in the 1997-98 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors assisting Tina Landau, Douglas Hughes, Lisa Peterson, Gordon Edelstein, and Sharon Ott. Valerie is a recent recipient of both the Stage Directors and Choregraphers Foundation's Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship and a UW Presidential Faculty Development Fellowship and is an alumna of Holy Cross College and the University of Washington (MFA). Professor Curtis-Newton is also a Donald E. Petersen Fellow.

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UW Today article:
Valerie Curtis-Newton - Distinguished Teaching Award

UW Daily, January 25, 2012
'Pushing The Limits Of Their Own Talent' UW associate professor Valerie Curtis-Newton balances community theater with teaching
. "When she was 21, Curtis-Newton's aunt signed her up for an audition with a theater ensemble supported by Operation Push, a coalition of social activists established by Jesse Jackson that fought for civil rights and social justice. The ensemble took Curtis-Newton under its wing and catalyzed her acting, directing, and teaching careers. Today, Curtis-Newton is an associate professor of acting and directing at the UW, head of directing and of the Professional Actor Training Program, and recipient of three fellowships and the UW's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011."

American Theatre, January 2008, article:
Shaping the Independent Actor
Interview with Valerie Curtis-Newton, by Ellen Orenstein

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