Department News 11-14-16

In connection with the Bravo Series performance of selected shorts, Jeff Martin has arranged a master class for BYU students on Friday, Nov. 18 12 – 2 pm in the Nelke Theatre. Be sure to let your students know about this free master class. “Selected Shorts” will be performed that evening.  BYU News reports that, “Public radio’s beloved program, one of the premier short story reading series in America, comes to Provo with a very special theme: Modern Fairy Tales. Utah author Shannon Hale (Princess AcademyGoose Girl) hosts the performance and will guide the audience through an evening of contemporary spins on classic fairy tales, while some of the best actors from stage and screen bring to life feisty princesses, vengeful lackeys, and other fun and familiar characters.  ‘We look forward to presenting NPR’s celebrated storytelling program at BYU,’ said Jeffrey Martin, presenter of the BRAVO! performances. ‘Not only will it allow us to showcase these entertaining stories read by esteemed actors, but the program will be recorded for future broadcast on National Public Radio.’ Stories will be read by Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), René Auberjonois (BensonStar Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Zach Grenier (The Good Wife24).”



Wade Hollingshaus attended the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) on November 3-6. This year the conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the conference, Wade co-chaired a career session sponsored by both ASTR and also the Theatre Library Association: “Transforming Research Literacies: Improving Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Research.” The discussion centered on ways to help undergraduate students have meaningful encounters with libraries and other archives. He also participated in a working group, where scholars shared their research with other group members, in an attempt to draw some broader conclusions around a theme. The working group was titled: “Transfigured Performance.” Wade’s paper was titled: “Transfiguring Consciousness: Erkki Kurenniemi, Performance, and Aesthetics.”

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Michael Kraczek’s ongoing research project, Theatre Engine, recently presented at the 2016 National Dance Education Organization Conference in Washington DC.  Theatre Engine is investigating the use of mobile technology (phones and tablets) to facilitate audience/performer interaction.  A reduced version of this phase of the project was also performed at the Utah Dance Education Organization Conference at UVU on Nov. 4.   The audience is given opportunities to direct performers, change lighting, create sound, etc., during the performance.  For this version of Theatre Engine, eventually audience members join performers on stage in a final “Flash Mob” dance.  Faculty member Cory Wakamatsuand TMA student Kallea Crapo (Michael Kraczek’s assistant) attended the Washington performances.  Several student dancers (including Tim Threlfall’s daughterKyla Threlfall) also participated.  Michael has been involved with the project for over two years and is working with the group to develop the next phase of the production,Theatre Engine Puzzle.   This version will be performed in May.  A version of Theatre Engine is also being developed for Elementary Schools.  Michael reports that, “Technology facilitates interaction between the audience and the performers, but the important element of the project is the communication between them.  The most successful performances are when the audience and performers are listening to and reacting to each other.  Our goal is to create a process where the audience is fully engaged and involved in the performances.”  To learn more about the Theatre Engine project go here:



Rory Scanlon attended the John A. Widstoe Foundation Conference on Nov. 3 & 4, which took place at the University of Southern California.  Rory was an invited speaker on “Symbolism of Ancient Clothing: Conviction in Covering Oneself.”  The conference was streamed live with over 1,000 people in 10 different countries participating.  Rory felt this was a great experience with religious leaders from all over the country speaking. The Widstoe Foundation describes its mission “to become the leading voice for LDS perspectives on religious and spiritual issues and doctrine in the global ecumenical community.”  At this year’s conference, “religious scholars and theologians [joined] faith leaders from diverse faith traditions to explore the power, purpose and meaning of sacred spaces and sacred clothing in everyday life and worship.”  Information about the conference can be found here:



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