Department News (11-16-15)

This week TMA will be interviewing the last candidate, Adam Houghton, for the BFA Acting position. Adam graduated from BYU in Theatre and Film with a focus on Acting. He developed his interest in freelance directing and continued his education by assisting directors at some of America’s finest regional theatres, including South Coast Repertory, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, and Sundance Theatre Lab. He also received additional training including Noh training with Richard Emmert and Akira Matsui, maskmaking and movement with Bruce Marrs at Dell’Arte International, aHoughton_Photond voicework with Catherine Fitzmaurice. He was accepted into Carnegie Mellon School of Drama’s prestigious MFA Program in Directing and was the recipient of the Steven Bochco Scholarship, the Henry Boettcher Award for Directing, as well as the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education. At Carnegie Mellon, he studied with Mladen Kiselov and Gregory Lehane. Upon graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Adam was hired as an Assistant Professor of Acting at the College of St Benedict and St John’s University (CSBSJU). He is currently Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Acting for the Theatre Department at CSBSJU. He has applied for and received over a dozen grants for various training, research, and productions while at CSBSJU.


Come see some of the latest and greatest short films produced by the BYU Film program, and stick around for a Q&A afterwards. They will be screened November 16 from 9:00-11:00 pm at the Megaplex Theaters at Geneva.The short films include:

  • “Shooting Ducks” – Directed by Greg Barnes
    A shooting trip goes awry when an irresponsible student tries to sway his best friend from joining the Peace Corps.
  • “The Surface” – Directed by Willem Kampenhout
    To save the life of her dying son, Liz must venture to the desolate surface and face the monsters that drove mankind below.
  • “That Old Familiar Spirit” – Directed by Hunter Phillips
    A frontier widow faces twin horrors: a looming winter and her late husband rising from the grave.
  • “On A High Arid Plain” – Directed by Colten Ashley



The opening night of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, directed by George Nelson, will take place this Friday, November 20 in the Pardoe. BYU 4th Wall writes, “Professor Nelson’s concept for this production is centered on telling the story of Belle and Beast – looking on the heart to see the beauty within.” The production’s dramaturge, Kasey Kopp, also interviewed the costume designer, Shannon McCurdy. Read about her process for creating these non-traditional pieces at Other production members include Mark Johnson as musical director, Becky Phillips as choreographer, Lindsi Neilson as production stage manager, Benjamin Sanders as scenic and lighting designer, Valeri Day as makeup hair designer, Taylor Glad as sound designer, Lizzie Mickelson as properties designer, Travis Coyne as technical director, and Theron Christensen as illusionist.

1510-71 678 Play Beauty and the Beast publicity Mrs Potts: Alana Jeffery Madame De La Grande Bouche (Wardrobe): Cherie Kaufman Chip: Tricia Zuskind Gaston: Kooper Campbell Belle: Twyla Wilson Beast: Johnny Wilson Lumiere: Woody White Cogsworth: Scott Whipple October 27, 2015 Photography by: Mark A. Philbrick/BYU Photo Copyright BYU Photo 2015 All Rights Reserved (801)422-7322 4298


TMA Alum Mitch Davis will be screening his new movie, “Christmas Eve,” on Friday, November 20 at 2:00 pm in the Varsity Theater. Below is the trailer.


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