Big Surprise! Sunday morning, April 29, Kyle and Laura Stapley, and their sons, Daken and Benson, welcomed baby boy #3, Holden Alta Stapley, 7 lbs. 2 oz., 19 inches long. He wasn’t expected for a few more weeks, but Mom and baby Holden are doing very well! Daken and Benson are so excited, and Kyle is thrilled. Congratulations to the whole Stapley family!
George Nelson, his wife Leslie, and seven members of the Divine Comedy cast will be traveling to London this week to attend and conduct comedy workshops from April 28 – May 5. They will be attending the Tabard Theatre, a well-known comedy theatre in London, As You Like it at the Globe, The School of Rock on the West End, as well as clown and physical comedy workshops with Orlando Seale (who starred in the Utah version of Pride and Prejudice). Cast members who will be attending include Julianne Cook, Aaron Fielding, Alena Helzer, Becca Hurley, Addison Jenkins, Dalton Johnson, and Parker Kelly.
Benjamin Thevenin presented at the Play2Learn conference (focused on educational games) and the International Media Literacy Research Symposium, both in Lisbon, Portugal on April 19 & 20. Both presentations were about a media literacy-themed, conversation-based card and mobile game that he has been developing with a group of Media Arts students this year. Both conferences provided great opportunities to connect with scholars and game designers from around the world and hear about their efforts to promote media literacy and use games to inform and enlighten. Also, Lisbon was beautiful.
Becky Wallin, BYU Young Company’s manager, reports that the cast of Romeo y Julieta finished their tour last week. They took their bilingual English/Spanish production to 20 locations – elementary schools, junior highs, libraries – and performed for about 7,000 children! The Young Company serves as a training ground for both BYU actors and teaching artists wanting to work in theatre for young audiences. Below is the awesome cast of Romeo y Julieta with their faithful van “Rhonda,” as well as one of the many thank you notes the group received for their performances.
Student & Alumni News
Jordan Peterson (media arts, 2011) and his wife Karli Hall (BFA Acting 2014) welcomed a baby boy on Friday, April 27, 2018. Jordon and Karli live in Los Angeles. Congratulations!
Jenna Rasmussen, a current student in media arts, recently received an internship with Dreamworks for the summer.