Department News (11-9-15)

This week and next, TMA will be interviewing three candidates for the BFA Acting position. The three candidates are listed below, along with the events the faculty are invited to attend. We welcome them to campus and look forward to getting to know them!

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Adam Daveline operates his own film production company (A.A. Bar Productions) and has written/produced/directed/and acted in many short films.  Adam received his BFA in Musical Theater from Brigham Young University and his MFA in Classical Acting the The Old Globe/University of San Diego.  His favorite roles are as a husband to the greatest woman in the world and as father to the coolest kid ever.


Adrian Alita Holds a BA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University and an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine. Is a certified instructor of Eli Simon’s clowning technique (The Art of Clowning, Palgrave Macmillan), and a long time practitioner of Fitzmaurice Voicework. In addition to working at SDSU and in the local community, Adrian also teaches workshops in Lima, Peru. In the past two years, nineteen SDSU students have been able to satisfy the international experience requirement for graduation by attending these workshops.

Adam Houghton’s bio and schedule will appear in next week’s Sound and Fury.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10:  12-1 pm, faculty lunch with Adam Daveline in F-515 (Cafe Rio); 4-5 pm, Adam Daveline’s Creative Work Presentation in F-515.
  • November 11: Adrian Alita: 10-11 am, coach monologues in 1114 RB; 2-3 pm workshop on Arian Alita’s specialty
  • November 12: 12-1 pm, faculty lunch with Adrian Alita in F-550;  3-4  pm, Media Arts Faculty Meeting; individual theatre area meetings; 4-5 pm, Adrian Alita’s Creative Work Presentation in F-556


Misalliance opened this past weekend in the Margetts theatre.  The Daily Herald wrote about the production, including quotes from the play’s director, Barta Heiner. She observes that the play is ” …a comedy but it also has some really important things to think about. I love Shaw because he handles very heavy subject matter, but you’ll find yourself laughing at it; he deals with important social matters, but does it through comedy.” Ben Hess, who plays Tarleton, also comments, “To me it speaks about the generation gap and the difficulty of having an authentic relationship between parents and children.” You can read the rest of The Daily Heraldarticle by clicking here. The production’s dramaturg, Kelsee Jackson,  visited Hindshead this past summer, the town where Misalliance takes place. You can read that article hereMisalliance closesNovember 21, so get your tickets soon to see this witty, romantic comedy.

1510-16 064 Left to Right Josephe Percival (Soren Barker), Johnny Tarleton (Gabe Spencer), Lina Szczepanowska (Collette McCusker), Bentley Summerhays (Bradley Mackay) 1510-16 Play

Josephe Percival (Soren Barker), Johnny Tarleton (Gabe Spencer), Lina Szczepanowska (Collette McCusker), Bentley Summerhays (Bradley Mackay)


BYU MDT area head Tim Threlfall, adjunct faculty member Shelley Graham, TMA/BYU alum and chair of UVU Theatre department Chris Clark, and TMA alum and playwright and screenwriter  Melissa Lelani Larsen were interviewed by Julie Rose about theatre for her program, Top of Mind on BYURadio.  To hear the show, go to  They discuss how a play goes from being somebody’s vague idea of a story to lines actors present on the stage.


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