Department News (7-14-14)

The new CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit opened Friday, July 11, at BYU’s Museum of Art with a Hollywood Red Carpet Event. The opening celebration included red carpet photos, a self-guided exhibition tour, an outdoor movie showing of Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in the MOA Sculpture Garden, and refreshments. The CUT! Costume and the Cinema collection, which showcases the work of London costume house Cosprop Ltd, features 40 exquisite period costumes from popular Hollywood films. The films and paintings represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama and comedy with period costumes worn by famous film stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, Uma Thurman, Anjelica Huston, and many others. In all, more than 30 actors will be represented from 25 films, including the new release, Sherlock Holmes, Academy Award winner The Duchess and perennial favorites Pirates of the CaribbeanSense and Sensibility and The Phantom of the Opera. The exhibit could provide a unique teaching opportunity during Fall Semester classes because the historically accurate and intricately constructed pieces can be used as an impactful educational supplement in many disciplines such as history, media, English, arts and more. Any faculty and staff who are interested in learning how to incorporate this exhibit into curriculum this fall can contact Kalisha Grimsman directly. She will work with you one-on-one to create tailored tours that meet specific class objectives. “This exhibition can inspire university students to think critically as they consider how the costumes were produced, how fashion is changing and how fashion reflects history,” said Grimsman. Students can also compare the historical portraiture with the contemporary costumes and contemplate how the costumes affect the way the subjects think, move and act. Click here to read more.



Janine Sobeck and two theatre students were able to attend The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) annual conference in Boston, MA June 26-29.The conference’s focus was “Building the Future” of dramaturgy and literary management and included highlights such as a keynote speech by Pulitzer Prize critic Wesley Morris and several panel conversations with some of the leaders in the field. Janine said “I was able to participate in a panel about the future of literary management, pulling from my experiences working at Arena Stage. I was also a part of the unveiling of the New Play Exchange, a new website that is working to revolutionize the ways plays are connected with producers.” Abram Yarbro, an undergraduate who attended the conference, said,”The conference was an informative, enlightening, and enthralling experience. One of my favorite moments of the conference was listening to the University Caucus Plenary Sessions. Dramaturgs from varying institutions gave very brief presentations of a project they’re undertaking. It was exciting to catch a glimpse of extraordinary projects premiering in this field. The conference taught me the importance of creativity, collaboration, and passion not only in dramaturgy, but in every aspect of my life. I am grateful for the funding provided by the TMA department and their commitment to providing their students with every opportunity to be successful and influential.” Haley Flanders, a graduate student, also explained some highlights of the conference:  “One of the most influential and informative parts of the conference was the lecture and tutorial on the new theatre websites that strive to build digital networks worldwide. This conference taught me the importance of networking, showing passion and creativity, being a problem-solver, staying informed, and learning how to use the resources that are becoming available to theatre practitioners, especially dramaturgs and literary managers.”


Condolences got to Elizabeth Funk, whose mother, Margaret Jane Maeser Cannon, passed away on June 27, 2014. Her funeral services were held last Monday, July 7.  Her obituary can be found at  Elizabeth says, “Thank you to the college and the department for the thoughtful cards that were sent. The basket of plants and flowers from the faculty was beautiful and much appreciated. My mother was such a great person, and I have so appreciated your support during these last few years when things were so difficult for her.”

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