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Arts, Faith and Humanities / People of SU
Written by Karen L. Bystrom
August 22, 2017
Image credit: Yosef Kalinko
Congratulations to Seattle U Theatre Professor Rosa Joshi for her Gregory Awards nomination for Outstanding Director, recognizing her work on the stunning production of Bring Down the House at Seattle Shakespeare Company presented in collaboration with upstart crow collective last winter. Rosa and Kate Wisniewski, adjunct professor in theater, adapted Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy for Bring Down the House, which was performed by an all-female ensemble, which included Kate as Margaret.
Shawn Ketchum Johnson, Seattle U resident scenic designer, also received a nomination for Outstanding Scenic Design for Ghosts at ArtsWest. Shawn was the scenic designer for Bring Down the House.
Bring Down the House received a total of seven nominations:
Seattle Shakespeare Company is also nominated for Theatre of the Year.
upstart crow collective was co-founded by Betsy Schwartz, Kate Wisniewski and Rosa Joshi in 2006 and Seattle University has played an integral role in the collective’s development. Ki Gottberg, Chair of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, was in the first two upstart crow productions (King John and Titus Andronicus). Professor Carol Wolfe Clay designed the sets and Senior Instructor Dominic CodyKramers designed sound for Titus Andronicus. Rosa has received Seattle University summer faculty fellowships for two upstart crow productions, King John in 2006 and Titus Andronicus in 2012. The collective recently completed a workshop for Richard III (funded by a Summer Provost Faculty Fellowship) which will be presented in collaboration with Seattle Shakespeare Company in their 2018-2019 season.
The 2017 Gregory Awards are Monday, October 23 at Marion McCaw Hall. Tickets are available online.
The Gregory Awards are administered, funded, and produced by Theatre Puget Sound.
Photos, Bring Down the House, by John Ulman, courtesy of Seattle Shakespeare Company.
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