The Media Arts Program and the Department of Design hosted author Mark Danielewski today. Mark’s father, Tad Danielewski, was on faculty in the BYU Department of Theatre and Cinematic Arts from 1975–89. Mark is a best-selling American fiction author, best known for award winning House of Leaves. He is known for “ multi-layered typographical variation, or page layout, sometimes known as visual writing.” (quoted from Wikipedia) Mr. Danielewski’s latest project is The Familiar, a 27-volume serial novel whose first installment was released in 2015. The fourth volume of The Familiar was released last month. Mr. Danielewski did a reading from the latest release of The Familiar and answered questions about his creative processes and form. Jeff Parkin moderated the discussion. Danielewski advised students to not just say they are open, but actually be open. He encouraged them to get out and experience the world, learn about people who are different, or who may not agree with our viewpoints, as this will enhance creativity and increase understanding of those around us. We appreciate Benjamin Thevenin and Linda Reynolds (from the Department of Design) for arranging for Mr. Danielewski’s visit.
Congratulations to Megan Sanborn Jones, whose new book has now been officially submitted to her publisher, University of Michigan Press. The book’s title is Seeking After Our Dead: Resurrecting the Past in Contemporary Mormon Pageants.
This week, twenty-six students (or very recent graduates) and nine faculty members will travel to Mesa, Arizona, to participate in the 49th Annual Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Faculty mentors include Stephanie Breinholt (who also serves as the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions Coordinator), Shelley Graham (Dramaturgy),Wade Hollingshaus, Adam Houghton, David Morgan, George Nelson (playwriting), Jennifer Reed (stage management), Rodger Sorensen (respondent’s workshop), and Dennis Wright (design-tech). We congratulate all those participating in KCACTF this year, and send best wishes to all to “Break a Leg!” Participating students include the following.
Jacob Bair, Soren Barker, Mariah Bowles, Madison Dennis, Ben Featherstone, Meg Flinders, Sariah Hopkin, Spencer Hunsicker, Peter Lambert, Stephen Moore, Taft Robinson, and Joseph Swain
Juliette Lewis, Sarah Stewart, Marnee Porter, Rachel Bowerbank, Bradlee Hager, and Alex Winder
Cali Holcombe, Julianne Francisco, Jake Fullmer, and Susan Kupferer
We congratulate Kyle Stapley on his new appointment to the Staff/Admin Funding Committee for the college for the term of three years. Kyle has been a full-time employee in TMA for the past 6 years, contributing significantly to the department, media arts program, and support for all things technical. He also earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration last year. Kudos to Kyle and the department for this recognition.
Jenn Chandler (Theatre Education graduate in 2013) received an MA from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts last year and is currently originating the role of the female banker in the 2nd National Tour of Once. Her bio in connection with the show can be found here.
Darick Pead (BFA 2013) was just nominated for a 2017 Helen Hayes Award for the Outstanding Performer in a Visiting Production for his role in Into the Woods at the Kennedy Center. Helen Hayes Awards recognize excellence in professional theatre in the Washington DC area since 1983. Winners will be announced on May 15. A list of all nominations can be found on the Washington Post. Darick’s bio in connection with Into the Woods can be found here.