Department News 04-09-18

Adam Houghton and the company of The Legend for Witkacy: Theatrical Research in Pure Form presented the devised piece on Saturday evening in the Nelke.  Three actors, Ann Lopez (Melissa), Stephen Moore (James), and graduate student Rick Curtiss (Andrew) performed the hour-long research/performance inspired by the ideas of Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (aka Witkacy), a Polish playwright, painter and philosopher active in first half of the twentieth century.  A version of the project was performed in December 2017 in Austria at the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) Conference in Leibnitz, Austria, and will be performed in August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.  The performance explored Witkacy’s ideas of “Pure Form,” which the company interpreted “to mean  the elemental concepts of space, time, and energy. The performance [was] made of a physical score based on ten baroque paintings which were manipulated in a wide variety of ways in order to emphasize the story.”  (Legend for Witkacy program)  The actors explored the themes of mortality, love, and identity with a text they devised over Winter Semester.  The result was an intensely fascinating and compelling work that was quite stunning.  Kudos to all involved.  Stage manager Jake Fullmer was able to record the work and will supply a link to the video for any faculty members interested in accessing it.

Thursday, April 12 performances include:

11 am                          Lindsay Livingston’s TMA 321 class

Thunder & Lighting is an outdoor, immersive performance                                                        that explores how we experience, and explain, the weather.                                                      Created by the Contemporary Performance Practices class,                                                        this devised performance uses physical theatre, puppetry, and                                                  endurance art to tell the stories that we tell ourselves about                                                      the natural world and our place in it.

Time: 11:00am; Date: Thursday, April 12; Location: The Duck Pond

Dress for the weather. This performance will take place outdoors, regardless of weather conditions.

1 pm                            Nat Reed’s Puppetry Class

4 pm                            StorySlam! Sponsored by Teresa Love’s Winter ’18 Storytelling Class (TMA 257)

  • Theme:  “Wow! Who would have thought…!”
  • 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, Nelke Experimental Theatre, HFAC
  • All invited! Newbies, experienced tellers, and anyone in between
  • Place your name in a hat. Who knows who will tell?!
  • Those names pulled tell a 5 min (strict time limit!) story based on the theme
  • First, second and third place competitors as well as Audience Favorite win prizes of incalculable value!
  • Bring friends and loved ones to applaud, laugh, cheer or jeer you!
  • Cookies!

Friday, April 13

5pm & 8pm                   Stranger Things – A Parody Musical

Student News

Nate Snow (BA, BYU, 2011; MA, Bristol, 2013) successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at University of Central Florida (UCF). His topic was the reality/unreality of contemporary 3D animation.

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The eighth annual Utah Film Festival Awards were announced this weekend.  Several media arts capstone films were recognized, including the following.  Congratulations to our amazing students who garnered these nominations and awards. A complete list of awards is available at

  • Nominated for Actress Under 18, Mia Bagley in Maggie
  • Nominated for Editing, Aaron Hinton for Thorn, Thank you for Coming
  • Nominated for Lead Actor, Oscar Sanchez in Socorro (Marshall Davis)
  • Nominated for Lead Actor, J.R. Cox in Thorn, Thank you for Coming (Matt Siemers)
  • Nominated for Lead Actress, Shiloh Nyce in Maggie, (Lindsay Kampenhout)
  • Nominated for Made in Utah, Maggie (Lindsay Kampenhout)
  • Nominated for Made in Utah, Thorn, Thank you for Coming (Matthew Siemers)
  • Nominated for Short Film, English Speaking, I Love My Robot Boyfriend 
  • Nominated for Short Film, Thorn, Thank you for Coming, (Matthew Siemers)
  • Nominated for Supporting Actress, Whitney Palmer in Thorn, Thank you for Coming
  • Winner of the Short Film English Speaking, Maggie (Lindsay Kampenhout)
  • Winner of the Short Film, Non-English Speaking, Socorro (Marshall Davis)
  • Winner of Short Screenplay, Thorn, Thank you for Coming, by Matthew Siemers





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