Department News (6-1-15)

On Thursday, May 28,  Barta Heiner attended the premier of The Cokeville Miracle at the Jordon Commons.  The film’s writer, director, and cinematographer, T.C. Christensen, many of the cast and crew, and even many of those who survived the blast attended with their families. Barta plays the role of Verlene Bennion, a teacher’s aide at the school who helped calm the children down, tried to negotiate with the bomber, and helped the children to safety after the explosion.  Other familiar TMA faces in the film include ,Stephanie Breinholt (high school principal), Chris Clark (fire chief), Rick Macy (police chief), Kym Mellon (as the terrorist’s wife), and Shaun Stevens (Bishop).  The film, distributed by Excel Entertainment (a subsidiary of Deseret Book), will open this week onJune 5 in theaters in Utah.

Princess Academy opened this past weekend to sold out audiences!  Director Megan Sanborn Jones calls the play “a little jewel box with treasures inside.”  Audiences are enjoying the humor, the actors are creating great characters, and Megan is especially pleased with how Rory Scanlon’s lovely set, Mary Ann Ohran’s lighting, and Mary Jane Wadley’s costume designs create such a charming world for the play.  She is especially appreciative of Jennifer Reed as the stage manager.  Megan encourages everyone to bring new or gently used children’s books for the book drive.  Get your tickets now before the show sells out!

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We are sad to announce that Rory Scanlon’s father, Owen Claude Scanlon of Gooding, ID, passed away on Thursday, May 28 in Nampa.  Our condolences go to Rory,Deanna, and their family.   The Scanlon family will be in Idaho for the next few weeks, attending the funeral and being with family.


The TMA Writer’s Conference will be held this weekend, June 3 -6, at the Timpanogos Lodge. All full-time TMA faculty members are invited to attend whenever they would like. Below is a list of the guest speakers and when they are presenting. To view the full schedule, click 2015 Spring Writer’s Conference to see when our faculty members are presenting.

  • June 4: 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Karen Kirkland – Vice President of Talent Development at Nickelodeon
  • June 5: 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio – Screenwriters of Despicable Me
  • June 5: 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Carroll Ballard – Legendary American Film Writer
  • June 6: 7:00- 9:00 pm, Terryl and Fiona Givens – Authors of The Crucible of Doubt
givensTerryl and Fiona Givens


Anyone who has a faith promoting story that might make a good film, go to  Although there are no immediate needs, the site indicates that “submitted scripts and treatments are sent to the Publishing Services and Priesthood Departments.  Submissions are saved for review when scripts are needed.”  Those who submit must sign a Creative Works agreement and submit it along with an electronic copy of the work


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