Department News 01-04-16

Media arts student Parker Davis’s trailer for Submariners was picked to premiere on a short film website called Film Shortage.  Film Shortage is one of the biggest short film websites in the world and the only one that does trailers as well.  This is a great start for their film, and hopefully a sign of good things to come.  Click on the link to see the trailer on Film Shortage’s site:  (The Submariners trailer is now about fifth on the page.)
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Be sure to catch the first theatre forum of the semester this week on Thursday, January 7, where Shawnda Moss has arranged for Ramsi Stoker from Defying Gravity Utah to demonstrate aerial theatre.  TThe forum, which will demonstrate a cirque-style form of aerial theatre that will be used in TMA’s Spring production of Charlotte’s Web, will take place in the Pardoe instead of the Nelke.


George Nelson’s play Single Wide was picked by as one of the 10 best Broadway shows of 2015. Hypable, a website that provides news about entertainment, said the following:“The NY Musical Theatre Festival always delivers one or two outstanding shows, but rarely the expected ones. A musical about a single mom in a trailer park was nowhere near the top of our most-anticipated NYMF shows list. But the show was a revelation, an incredibly sweet and sincere story. Smashing through the Bechdel test, Single Wide was really feminist, focused on family and friendship over romance – all accompanied by beautiful music. We really hope this musical finds a life after NYMF!”  To read the entire article, go to




BYU’s third annual international theatre festival, sponsored by the BRAVO! series, takes center stage in the HFAC with performances, workshops, and a forum by two exciting, innovative contemporary theatre companies:

  • Y2D Productions [Canada/Germany] performing the award-winning Edinbugh Fringe hit, LEO
  • Out of Balanz [Denmark] performing Next Door

Tickets for the performances are now on sale at the HFAC and Marriott Center Ticket Offices as well as online at or by calling (801) 422-2981. Information about workshops will be posted outside the Nelke Theatre. Everyone is also invited to attend the free festival forum on Thursday, Jan. 21, 11:00 a.m. in the Nelke Theatre, where you can learn about the work of these two companies. Additionally, brief discussions with the artists will take place immediately following each performance during the festival.


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