2023 AATE National Conference
July 27-29, 2023

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Keynote #1

Thursday, July 27th at 5:15pm (PST)

Valerie Curtis-Newton (director): The Head of Directing and Playwriting at the University of Washington’s School of Drama, Valerie also serves as the Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project. Her recent work includes The Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, West of Lenin, ArtsWest, Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, among others. Valerie holds a BA from Holy Cross College and an MFA from the University of Washington.  She has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Grant for Directors, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Falls Award for Sustained Achievement, Seattle Times’ 13 Most Influential Citizens of the last decade, the Seattle Stranger Genius Award in Performance and the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture. 

Keynote #2

Saturday, July 29th at 9:45am

 Johamy Morales (she/her) is a 20 year veteran of Theatre for Young Audiences and is dedicated to directing and producing new works, community engagement and social justice through the arts. Johamy currently serves as the Director of Education and Engagement for Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) and a Board Member for Red Eagle Soaring. In 2020 Johamy led the development and creation of the Active Audience Guide for A Kids Play About Racism that served over 280k students and educators, nationally and worldwide, and the project was awarded the Social Impact Theatre Innovation Award from the Sheri and Les Biller Foundation. Recently she served on SCT’s Artistic Advisory Circle, Reimagine: New Plays by BIPOC in TYA, and as a Trustee for Theatre Communication Group (TCG) where she advised on the Rising Leaders of Color program and TCG’s Education Conference for four consecutive years. Prior to working with SCT, Johamy served as the Education Director for Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado and directed the Comparative Arts Department and the Junior Musical Theatre Program at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Johamy is an alumnus of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, where she studied Contemporary & Classical works. She toured with the cast of New World Jukebox where she performed in Grahamstown National Arts Festival in South Africa and with San Diego State University in, Carnaval de Calaveras, with performances in Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Mexico D.F. Johamy has collaborated on a couple projects with the US State Department, the US Embassy & Consulate, and several NGO’s to promote awareness of gender violence and global diversity in India. As an educator, artist, and stage director Johamy has worked with various schools and nonprofit organizations both nationally and internationally including Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, Colorado Creative Industries, Theatre Alliance in D.C., Child’s Play: Write Now, First Stage, Seattle’s KING FM 98.1, Arts West, Seattle Theatre Group, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Hope College, Alliance Theatre, Fort Lewis College, University of San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, Esperanza Charter School, and Columbus Refugee & Immigration Services. Johamy holds an MFA in acting from The Ohio State University, with a specialization in devising new works, and a BA in Theatre from San Diego State University. 

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