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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Paulie Jenkins - Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumna

Bachelor of Arts - 1976 - Theatre

     In 1976, when Paulie Jenkins finished her bachelor's at UW, she entered a professional world dominated by men -theatrical lighting. With no theatre contacts to help her succeed, Jenkins moved to Los Angeles and volunteered to do props, lighting, stage managing, and whatever was needed in small theatres. Her excellent and versatile work attracted the attention of Ralph Waite of The Waltons, and her professional career took off.

     Although based in Los Angeles, Jenkins has designed lighting around the world -- including, among other places, New York, Japan, Hawaii, Australia, Canada, and Saudi Arabia, where she designed and produced the royal wedding of an Arabian princess. The Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle selected her as the first recipient of the Angstrom Award "for the broad scope and professional integrity of a body of work." Jenkins supports the work of small theatres in Los Angeles and New York while continuing her work in such prestigious theatres as the Mark Taper Forum, the Alunanson, and the Hartford Stage Company. She has been involved in more than 300 stage productions, including ones in Japan, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Australia. As is common with lighting designers, she has done lighting for theme parks (Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Sanrio Puroland and Sanrio Harmonyland, both in Japan), special events, and industrial shows. Helping struggling theatre artists is another of her important contributions to the arts. Many UW theatre graduates can thank her for her efforts in making contacts for them, hiring them when appropriate, and steering them to job opportunities. She remembers fondly Dr. Richard Harper's history class. "I first saw Chartres Cathedral through Dr. Harper's eyes. Since then, I have seen Chartres and many other architectural wonders for myself. I continue to owe my appreciation of them to him."

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