Department News (4-23-14)

TMA 150 Adjunct faculty member Dane Allred appears as “Underling” in the Scera Indoor Theatre production of The Drowsy Chaperone, playing April 18 – May 10.  From Wikipedia: [The play] is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors.


A week ago, Dr. Wade Hollingshaus attended and presented a paper at an international conference held in Finland. The conference centered on the concept of Nomadism and how it functions in different moments of theatre and performance. Wade’s paper was titled, “Travelling Without Moving: Peter Gabriel’s Nomadism.” This work is the beginning stages of his new book project on Peter Gabriel and theatricality. There were 31 scholars—from 16 nations—who presented research; there were only two from the USA. The conference was itself a bit “nomadic” as it took place at four locations: at the Finnish National Theatre, on a train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, at the University of Lapland (Rovaniemi), and at the Arctic Center research facility (Rovaniemi). Not only was Wade very pleased to present at this conference, he was also excited to revisit two of the cities where he served his mission: Helsinki and Rovaniemi.  The conference is associated with The Nordic Studies Journal.


Below are pictures of J. Christian Jensen accepting his award at the Full Frame Jury Award for the Best Short for White Earth, which he directed.  Jury members Brian McGinn, Rick Prelinger, and Toby Shimin stated: “Short filmmaking is the art of working within the constraints of limited resources. For its elegant images of an environmentally precarious practice, its enigmatic and often surprising characters, and its vivid depiction of a place undergoing rapid transition, we recognize White Earth with the Jury Award for Best Short.”


Last week Jeff Martin attended a three day intensive seminar in New York City on producing commercial theatre on Broadway. The workshop was organized by the Commercial Theatre Institute and Theatre Development Fund. Guest speakers during the seminar included David Stone, the producer of WickedTed Chapin, the president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization; Todd Haimes, Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company; Kevin McCollum, producer of Rent and In the Heights, and many other key industry leaders. Jeff also met with a number of general managers and theatrical attorneys while he was there and has developed a lot of important contacts in the business in New York, including Sutton Foster,who will be coming to BYU this Fall.  He also attended the opening night performance of Audra McDonald’s new play on Broadway, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and GrillJeff produces the BRAVO! series at BYU, and McDonald opened that season last fall.


Taylor Peck recently received a full-ride scholarship into the MFA program for Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California at Riverside. This is a top tier writing program, which was especially of interest to Taylor because the program also allows students enough latitude to develop another emphasis, which for Taylor includes directing.  Taylor recently directed her 536 project, The Last Train to Nibroc, and was awarded an Outstanding Directing Student Award as well as a Mayhew Playwriting Award for her One-Act Play, “Project X.”



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