Department News (12-9-13)

1310-31 011KCACTF Nominations: Congratulations to the Microburst Theatre Festival production that was just invited to KCACTF! This means that the show, which was directed by George Nelson, will be performed in February at the Regional KCACTF in Los Angeles. Microburst performs seven 10-minutes plays written by BYU students, so their original work will be highlighted as well. Plays and playwrights featured include “Twenty” by Taryn Politis, “A Modest Proposal” by Amy McGreevy, “Rules” by Katie Jarvis, “Stealing Crowe” by Amberly Lourde, “Man vs. Mace” by Amanda Welch, “The Shoelace” by Chelsea Hickman, and “Mississippi Izzie’s” by Chauntel Lopez. George also mentored these students on their plays.


Extra congratulations are also in order to Amanda Nelson, whose play “Goodnight, Graham” has been selected as one of the top six 10-minute plays from the KCACTF region. This means that the play will be featured at the festival in February. The play will be assigned a faculty director from another school in the region who will work with the playwright via email in the weeks prior to the festival. At the festival, they will audition actors and cast the play. Then they will rehearse and perform a concert reading of the play on the final day of the festival. Two of the six 10-minute plays will be selected to be considered for further competition at the national level.


Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 5.15.54 PMWe regret to announce the passing of Sharon Swenson’s father, Charles C. Esplin, on November 23, 2013.  Funeral services were held this past Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Cedar City. To read his obituary, go to “Charlie” was a remarkable person and the family suggested that, “In lieu of flowers please enjoy a hamburger, steak, prime rib, or a nice roast beef in honor of Charlie and the dwindling number of cowboys in the West.”


Theatre student Adam White received the ‘Youth Innovator’ Award at the Trevor Project’s annual dinner in Los Angeles this past weekend. Past honorees at TrevorLIVE include Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, and Queen Latifah.  Adam was recognized for the work he has done here on BYU’s campus in preventing suicides.  Adam is the president of the BYU’s Understanding Same-Gender Attraction Group and was in the  “It Gets Better” video that has received more than half a million hits.  More about the award is available at


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