Department News (9-15-14)

Nominations for faculty and students in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (“Regional Emmys”) and for students in the regional Emmy “Student Production Awards” are as follows:

Regional Emmy nominations:
Beehive Stories: Wayne County
Brad Barber, Producer
Stephen Nelson, Director
Jesse Myrick and Stephen Nelson, Cinematographers
Micah Dahl Anderson, Composer (not a student)
“Photographer – Non-News”
Beehive Stories: Wayne County
Jesse Myrick
Stephen Nelson
Regional Emmy Student Production Awards nominations:
“College/University Student Production – Long Form: Fiction/Non-Fiction”
Ghosts on the Mountain
Jared Jakins
Carly Jakins (also a BYU student, but not in TMA)
Ricardo Quintana
Kelyn Ikegami
Without a Rope
Nick Dixon
Willem Kampenhout
“College/University Student Production – Director”
Your Cocoon and You
Dallin Cerva
“College/University Student Production – Writing”
Without a Rope
Nick Dixon



This spring, Lindsay Livingston received a grant from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies to travel to Tombstone, Arizona, during the annual Helldorado Festival in October. During this trip, she will interview several performers, visitors, and staff at the town’s tourist sites. This work will contribute to an article she is completing that explores how performance has shaped understanding of the Mythic West and how it continues to influence our conception of the contemporary West.  Within this question, she will explore out how theatrical performance, amateur reenactments, tourism, and the performance of landscape all combine to produce the imagined West, but also provide individuals a way in which to challenge those myths.


The review essay of Les Miserables that Bradley and Shawnda Moss wrote for BYU Studies was featured on their website as the Article of the Week: The abstract of the article, which is in Journal: 53:2 follows: “Two theatre specialists review several Utah productions of Les Misérables, noting how the message of this musical resonates with Latter-day Saints. Jean Valjean can represent the prodigal son, who engages in theft and deception and finds himself living in poverty and rejection. But he repents and finds freedom, as did the prodigal who is accepted into his father’s house. Some of the characters face adversity, accept God, forgive, and repent, while others fail, thus reflecting the parable of the sower. As a tale of redemption, the musical demonstrates grace received through repentance and reinforces the truth that people are ultimately responsible to each other.”



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