Department News 03-12-18

The CFAC Dean’s office has announced the reappointment of Wade Hollingshaus as chair of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts for three more years. We have been blessed by Wade’s dedication, sacrifice and thoughtful leadership. Congratulations to Wade and the TMA department!


BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts presents: MARY STUART. In a new version by Peter Oswald and directed by Stephanie Breinholt, the relationship between two formidable, yet fragile women is laid bare in this modern version of one of the greatest historical dramas ever written. Loosely based upon the events surrounding Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland’s claim to Queen Elizabeth’s throne, the heart of the play is an imagined meeting between the two rulers that surprises with its contemporary insights into the nature of power, femininity, and kinship.Front Row Reviewers Utah posted a stunning review of the production. Click here for access to that review. Click here for a link to the program. Click here for the Facebook event page.

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A regional magazine in the midwest called Inspire(d) just published a feature article about Brad Barber’s States of America series. The magazine interviewed Brad’s wife Susan and him about the three states they directed together in the area their magazine serves (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa). Here’s the link to the article, which starts on page 20. The media arts students that worked on these episodes were Stephanie Cook, Shelly Rose, and Jared Jakins.

BYU Vocal Point’s “Beauty and the Beast A Cappella Medley” ft. Lexi Walker won two of the major awards in the 2018 Contemporary A Cappella Society Video Awards: Outstanding Collaborative Video and Best Show Tunes / Soundtrack / Theme Song. Nominated in five categories, the video was also runner-up in two other categories: Outstanding Choreography / Staging and Outstanding Costume / Makeup. The CASA Awards are widely considered the Oscars of the A Cappella world.  The video currently has over 4.5 million views. Filmed at Wadley Farms Castle in Lindon, Utah, many media arts, TMA design students, and alums also participated behind the scenes. The video was directed by Jeff Parkin, and co-produced by Jeff and Jared Cardon. See the video below:

Winner – Outstanding Collaborative Video
Winner – Best Show Tunes / Soundtrack / Theme Song
Runner-up – Outstanding Choreography / Staging
Runner-up – Outstanding Costume / Makeup

Outstanding Choreography / Staging
Outstanding Collaborative Video
Outstanding Costume / Makeup
Outstanding Video Editing
Best Show Tunes / Soundtrack / Theme Song

CREW (A complete list of credits is available in the information dropdown.)
Directed and produced by Jeff Parkin
Produced and edited by Jared Cardon
Associate producer/1stAD: Babetta Kelly
2nd AC:  Colton Elzey
Camera PAs: Aaron Hinton, Ben Haskin
Gaffer:  Spencer Scanlon
MoVI Operator:  Sean Slobodan
Jib Operator:  Matt Siemers
Grips: Pepé Callejas, Jeffrey Hein
2nd 2nd AD: William Knowles
Production Designer: Kayla Doyle
Art Assistant: Isaac Wright
Wardrobe Assistant: Abbie Vance
Key Hair & Makeup: Michaela Fordham
Hair & Makeup Assistants: Sarah Bult, Marnee Porter
Assistant to the Director: Barrett Burgin
Production Assistants: Tabitha Brower, Elizabeth Elieson, Keith Grover
VP Stage Manager: Caitlin Black

For the second year in a row, Nick Mendoza has won a Gold Award and a Grand Gold Award for his designs at the District 7 CASE Awards. Both years, the awards were given for his work on the Theatre Season posters.

Congratulations to all those who participated in the LDS Film Festival which took place in Orem February 26 to March 3, 2018.  The following films were recognized during the festival.  All the feature films were made by media arts alums; all the short films and animation were made by (then) current media arts students.


◊ Best Feature Film – Not Cinderella’s Type, directed by Brian Brough
◊ 2nd Place – Instrument of War, directed by Adam Anderegg
◊ Audience Choice – Instrument of War, directed by Adam Anderegg
◊ 2nd Place – Not Cinderella’s Type, directed by Brian Brough


◊ 2nd Place – “Maggie”, written and directed by Lindsay Kampenhaut, produced by Dhane Taylor
◊ 3rd Place – “I Love My Robot Boyfriend!,” written and directed by Sariah May, produced by Elise Moulton
◊ Audience Choice – “Hey Brooklyn,” written and directed by Cameron Babock and produced by Garrett Helgesen
◊ 2nd Place – “I Love My Robot Boyfriend!,” written and directed by Sariah May, produced by Elise Moulton


◊ 3rd Place – “What Am I Doing” by Taylor Davis
◊ Audience Choice:  3rd Place – “What Am I Doing” by Taylor Davis


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