Department News 03-19-18

BYU’s production of the new musical Single Wide has its debut performance this Friday, March 23. Based on the book by George D. and Maclain Nelson, this musical follows the story of Katy, a girl with lofty dreams living in tiny trailer park; but she won’t let that get her down! Filled with inspiring determination, challenges, grit, and hope, this musical features a country/pop score produced by Jordan Kamalu with additional lyrics provided by the author, George D. Nelson. Directed and choreographed by Megan Sanborn Jones, with music direction by Amanda Crabb, Single Wide is a new iteration of the award winning version of the play that performed off-Broadway in New York! For additional information and easy access to purchasing tickets for the show, click here.

Michael Kraczek, Rory Scanlon, Jessica Cowden, Travis Coyne, and Ward Wright all attended the USITT Conference last week.  In addition, TMA design students Kayla Doyle and Timo Elliot also participated.  Rory Scanlon participated on a panel discussion entitled “Artist Turned Administrator,” addressing the pros and cons of being a theatre designer who is now in university administration.  Rory shared the stage with Randy Mugleston (TMA alum and Dept Chair of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University), Brian Jones (Chair, Dept of Theatre and Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Dennis Hassan (Artistic Director of The Lyric Repertory Company) and Catherine Zublin (past Associate Dean at Weber State University).  Rory ran into former students who are now just finishing up graduate school work, Graham Whipple and Melanie Lamb, as well as former students now working professionally around the United States. Catching up with former students is one of Rory’s favorite things about the conference.  Another highlight for Rory was the opportunity to meet Wiliam Ivey Long, a well-known professional costume designer the organization was honoring who signed his new book just published by USITT press.  Michael Kraczek is the chair of a working group within USITT that is documenting lighting and digital media networks.  This group coordinated a feedback session to look at the latest draft.  Eventually, their work will be published by USITT as part of their recommended practices for different design areas, including scenic, sound and lighting.  Michael also presented a session on lighting safely in an outdoor setting.  In addition, he was the co-chair for the lighting portfolio review sessions.

USITT 2018

Jessica Cowden was able to take this photo of design students Kayla Doyle and Timo Elliot at USITT last week.

Student News

Media arts student Peter Totten helped with an interdisciplinary project called Sacred Sounds:  Can Music Heal the Religious Divide? The six-minute video he created about the project is posted here:

The college has also created a page that highlights the students who worked on this project, which can be accessed here. Peter was one of five students who worked on the project, under the direction of music student, Maddie Blonquist, whose research spearheaded the project.

Peter Totten

Peter Totten


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