Department News (5-2-16)

Mary Farahnakian’s article “Iranian Headwear in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries“will be published in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion in the Berg Fashion Library. Mary is considered an expert international  scholar in the field of Iranian clothing. Click here  to access a copy of the article that is being published.  You might recognize Houshang FarahnakianMary, and Mary’s grandmother modeling traditional Iranian headwear.

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We have heard from both of our London Study Abroad contingencies that everyone has arrived safely!  Amy Jensen and Frank Christiansen (English) are the faculty advisors for the London Theatre Study Abroad this year, where approximately 35 students are enrolled.  Jeff Parkin and Tom Russell are the faculty advisors for the London Film Study Abroad, with approximately 42 students.  Classes begin on Wednesday, May 4.  Watch for updates from our troops in London in upcoming issues of Sound and Fury!

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Divine Comedy just returned from their annual workshop trip; this year the group went to Los Angeles.  Twelve cast members, two crew members, and three advisors, Elizabeth Funk, George and Leslie Nelson,participated. Members of the company attended three days of sketch comedy and improv workshops conducted by TMA alum Maclain Nelson(The Saratov Approach, Once I Was a Beehive, and Thrillionaires) and Groundlings member, Amy Vorpahl.  They were also able to attend a Thrillionaires performance and a Groundlings show.  Cast members’ Kevin and Kenny Baldwin’s parents hosted a Family Home Evening dinner, and another family hosted the group for a pool party.  The group even had the opportunity to go to Disneyland on the last day of trip!   A wonderful LDS couple, the Hormans, gave a backstage tour of Disneyland for our crew members.  Ashna Hormanstage manages all the outside performing groups and workshops that Disneyland sponsors.  Her husband,Preston, is a lighting designer and technician there.  He is currently finalizing a show inspired by Frozen that will open at the end of May.  The company participated in ongoing discussions about the direction of the group, and had a great time bonding and working together throughout the week!
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19 recently graduated MDT and BFA Acting students, along with Tim Threlfall, Gayle Lockwood, Mark Johnson, and Lindsi Neilson, traveled to New York to perform their BFA Showcase for over 100 agents and casting directors. They performed three different times over two days. Almost every student who performed received calls to meet with agents, and several of the students secured auditions for current Broadway and off-Broadway shows (including Elf: The Musical, The Book of Mormon Musical, andHamilton).  In between performances, meetings with agents, and auditions, they managed to fit in the time to see shows such as Something’s Rotten, Tuck Everlasting, The Waitress,Woodsman, The Crucible, and Matilda. Several students also visited the 9/11 memorial and ground zero, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Hayden Planetarium. Good luck to all the recents grads who are moving on to careers of their choice!

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