About Me

"Find the fear in the room, and face it."


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

Awards:  2016: Seattle Times Footlight Award (Best in Show) 2014: Stranger Genius Awards in Performance and the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture; 2012: Gypsy Award for Excellence in Direction 2001: Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s (SDCF) Gielgud Directing Fellowship 1997-1999: NEA/TCG Career Development Fellowship  for Directors


Valerie CUrtis-Newton


Passion Projects

(The ones I’d kill to do): 

Tracey Scott-Wilson's "The Good Negro"

Eisa Davis' "Bulrusher" (Coming summer 2019!)

August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come And Gone"

Marcus Gardley's "Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi"

Claudia Rankin’s “Citizen” ( Coming summer 2019)

Alex Dinelaris' "Red Dog Howls"

Naomi Wallace's "Things of Dry Hours" or "The Liquid Plan"

Jordan Harrison's "Maple and Vine"

Sarah Ruhl's "Clean House"

Virginia Grise's "blu"

Anything from the Federal Theatre Project  - I love those big messy plays

Recently DONE!

Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" (DONE! Intiman Theatre 2011)

Anything/Everything by Alice Childress

Guthrie Theatre 2016 - "Trouble in Mind Intiman Theatre 2016 - "Wedding Band")

A Ccontemporary Theatre , 2006 -

“Wine in the Wilderness”

Suzann-Lori Parks’ “Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1,2 &3 (Southern Repertory Theater, 2017

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