Department News (7-14-15)

Brad’s wife Susan Krueger-Barber just enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago  MFA program where she is focusing on Performance Art and Tactical Urbanism as a low residency student. This means she attends an intensive summer curriculum there in person for the next 3 summers then takes Skype classes and meets with a regional professor during the rest of the academic years. Brad and their 2 sons went to Chicago with her after Spring term ended at BYU where Brad watches the boys as Susan is in classes from early morning to late at night. This year they sublet an apartment in Evanston.  Susan is really enjoying her classes in Chicago and the guest lecture series especially, where she got to present for Kira Lynn Harris and made such an impression Susan was asked to host her.  Brad says Susan is making a big impression out there and it’s been really exciting to see. Plus after his extensive travel for Peace Officer he is enjoying getting to know these 2 smaller-sized male humans that he is told are related to him in some way.


In case any of you are in New York in the next few weeks, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to see Single Wide as part of the New York Music Festival. Single Wide, written by BYU’s Theatre and Media Arts Professor George D. Nelson and Commercial Music undergraduate student Jordan Kamalu will have its world premiere at the New York Music Theatre Festival. The potential of the script and music attracted the talents of BYU alum, Director/Choreographer Jeff Whiting (Bullets Over Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys) to the helm of this production. Single Wide is an uplifting and inspiring musical about one woman’s determination to escape her tiny trailer park for a larger life. It will run at The New York Musical Theatre Festival July 17 – July 25, 2015. In SINGLE WIDE, Katy may live in a tiny trailer park, but that doesn’t stop her from having enormous dreams. As a single mother, living with her own single mother, she does all she can to get her son out of their “single wide” situation. This includes avoiding all men, especially the type who left her there in the first place. But when her son befriends the reclusive new move-in two trailers down she sees something different in him that makes her take a second look. This year SINGLE WIDE was awarded the Blanche and Irving Laurie Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Performances of SINGLE WIDE are as follows; Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:00pm; Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 9:00pm; Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 5:00pm; Friday, July 24, 2015 at 9:00pm; Saturday and July 25, 2015 at 1:00pm. Tickets are $27.50 and available or by calling 212-664-0978 x 26.



Ward Wright is enjoying his role as fight choreographer at the Hill Cumorah Pageant this year.  He oversees 84 fighters at this year’s pageant, which will perform on July 10 & 11 and 14-18.   Below is a photo of  the Nephite and Lamanite battlemen practicing their fight routines in the open field that became the HillCumorahPageant seating area. Other cast members rehearse another scene on stage. For more information about the pageant, go to, which states, “The script for the Hill Cumorah Pageant was written by award winning author Orson Scott Card.  The stages were designed by Eric Fielding, . . .  The ever changing costumes are designed by Rory Scanlon, and the entire production is directed by artistic director Brent Hanson.”




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