The Outstanding Student Award

Outstanding Student Award-08 (1)

This award is presented at the end of each school year to graduating students that are nominated by faculty and peers in their area of study. Finalists are then expected to create a short presentation about their contributions to the department. After these presentations, the faculty will select one student to be an Outstanding Student recipient for each award. For more information, click here.



BYU HEX Symposium

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC) at Brigham Young University is proud to invite all student researchers with an interest in the cultural aspects of the human experience to participate in the Human Experience (HEX) Research Symposium on April 7, 2017. This symposium is open to all students in all majors at BYU.

The call for submissions and presenter application are provided below. We hope you will consider presenting your current research on topics involving peoples or cultures, and take advantage of this great opportunity to refine your research, hone professional presentation skills, and enhance your resumes and graduate school applications.

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2018 INNER VOICES – Call for Scripts

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2018 National Call for Scripts. The 2018 Call for Script will explicitly focus on the theme of Social Justice as Environmental Justice. 

INNER VOICES Social Issues
Theatre addresses complex, timely and often difficult social issues that connect deeply to the university communities and beyond, through performances followed by post-performance audience dialogues.The possible topics might include such things as food deserts, environmental hazards, recycling, sustainable architecture, water and energy issues, and the impact of these on mental health and well being, etc. An award will be given to those playwrights whose scripts comply with the guidelines and are selected. Decisions of the panelists shall be final.

We are looking for scripts in two categories:
A. Ten-Minute play: up to six will be selected, $700.00 will be awarded per selected winning script
B. Forty-Minute play: up to three will be selected, $1,500.00 will be awarded per selected winning script

For further access to access to submission guidelines and requirements, click here. For further access to the application, click here.

Mary Lou Fulton Scholarship

The Mary Lou Fulton Scholarship is now accepting admissions! Mary Lou Fulton provides support in the following areas: individual scholarly and creative projects, group scholarships and projects, department initiatives, and program area support. It provides this support through a variety of scholarships, internships, dramaturgy and much more. For more information, including application forms for both students and faculty, click here.


Old Miner Children’s Playwriting Contest

Utah Valley University is seeking scripts for child audiences from Utah College student playwrights for its fourth annual Old Miner Children’s Playwriting Contest. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 25. The winning Utah college student playwright receives a $250 cash prize plus a staged reading and workshop development as well as opportunities to work with the national division winner. An additional $500 “Strike It Rich” prize may be awarded for the winning script in either division or shared between the two winners, if the play is based on the life of a real child.

For complete rules, guidelines, and the entry form, click here (it is the second contest underneath the post for Young Playwrights for Change).

FUSION’s THE SEVEN 13th Annual Short Works Festival 2018

FUSION’s THE SEVEN 13th Annual Short Works Festival announces 2018 theme: “THE REST OF THE STORY” – THE SEVEN is one of the nation’s premiere short works festivals.  It features seven fully produced world premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast.  The scripts are reads by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced.  The overall Jury Award-winner will be awarded the Andaluz Prize, and will receive transportation to/from and lodging at the festival.The performance will be held June 7 to June 11, however submission deadlines are as early as April. For important dates and submission information, click here.

Anne of Green Gables Auditions

BYU will be producing Anne of Green Gables this spring and we need your talent! The show runs from May 31 to June 16. Come audition in the HFAC on either February 1 from 4-6PM in room D-341 or February 2 from 7-10PM in room A-230. Callbacks will be February 5 from 5-7PM. More information concerning audition requirements and sign-ups will be announced at later date.


Department News 12-18-17

George Nelson received some good news about a script he has been working on, Talos, a short play about two antiterrorists trying to save Europe by bringing Talos, from Greek mythology, back to life. He received the following letter form the organizers of the New Play Lab of the William Inge Theatre Festival, which is one of the premiere playwriting workshops in the country: “Congratulations! Your play, Talos, has been recommended by our jury for presentation in the New Play Lab of the 37th Annual William Inge Theater Festival. Only 20 scripts were chosen this year, from a crowded field. Your play scored higher in most categories (i.e. original concept, compelling story and dialogue, sound structure, pacing, producing potential, etc.) than most submissions. We welcome you to the Inge Festival; our goal with this program is to help you further your work.”  George’s play will be workshopped at the conference in May.  The scripts, chosen “blind” by a panel of theater artists from across the nation, are rehearsed by top regional directors and actors, in preparation for a public reading for conference and Festival attendees.



Last week, four plays that had been workshopped all semester were presented in the WDA Readings.  Shelley Graham and George Nelson team taught the class. The plays included A Brief History of Blogging, by Marianne Hales Harding; The Ice Bear, by Chelsea Mortensen; Love in Two Ways, by Teagen Clark; and Frontier Prophet, by George NelsonShelley observed that, “The readings all went very well. We had small but thoughtful and articulate audiences, whose feedback to the playwrights each night was honest, considerate, and helpful. Those in attendance who were hearing the scripts for the first time had so many positive and encouraging thoughts to share with the playwrights that I know it buoyed their spirits after a semester full of hard work! I couldn’t be more proud of our students (and our own faculty playwright George Nelson!) for their vulnerability in sharing their writing in such an open and courageous way.”


As part of David Morgan’s TMA 425 Character Mask class, his students performed Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last weekThe script, an unusual interpretation for this story, was adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher.  In this script, Dr. Jekyll gradually deteriorates into the villain while Mr. Hyde begins to change into a good guy.  Senior Stephen Moore used his performance of Dr. Jekyll as his senior acting project, and Mr. Hyde was actually played by everyone else in the cast, a representation of his many personalities.   Interestingly, former faculty member Kim Luke Mellon was part of the first developed performance of the adaptation and brought the script to the attention of Professor Morgan.



Two Theatre Job Postings

  1. Posting for a Theatre Performance Faculty member vacancy in a K-12 private school in Honolulu, HI. “This candidates’ main duties will be to teach grades 9-12, direct, and assist the head of our department. Please post in a public area in your department, and pass along to any Masters (and even bachelor’s) students that are entering their final semester.  Feel free to pass along to anyone else in your network you feel may benefit.” The posting is available here.
  2. THEATRE EDUCATION OR VISITING THEATRE EDUCATION VACANCY at BYU- Provo. Details of vacancy available here.

To apply: Please electronically submit the following by 1 February 2018, to the BYU employment website at, job #68088: online faculty application, letter of Intent including a statement of teaching philosophy, vitae, three professional letters of recommendation, one writing sample (such as an academic paper, play review, blog post) and one curriculum development sample (such as a unit of instruction, a study guide used in a TYA setting, or a workshop developed for an educational theatre setting). Refer questions to Tim Threlfall, Search Committee Chair (


Student & Alumni News

Last year after attending KCACTF, Soren Barker and Stephen Moore started brainstorming about ways they could create more opportunities for student directors and actors.  They understood that in order to have a successful experience with inexperienced directors and actors, they needed strong scripts.  They worked on a proposal and had the scripts, actors, and directors in place by Spring 2017.  They applied for and received a Fulton grant for the project, which was presented last week. They were very gratified that about 100 people attended and loved the experience of conceiving the idea and carrying it to fruition.  They would love to see this become an annual tradition.  Stephen commented that the project taught him how difficult, but rewarding theatre can be.  It was nice to see it come together, but he realized he had little concept of how much work it takes to create theatre from the ground up.




Department News 12-11-17

Well-known Playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez visited BYU on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, and engaged with students and faculty in a full day of activities.  The morning started with Professor Gonzalez attending breakfast with playwrights and dramaturgs, where they discussed his career track as dramaturg and playwright. Later in the morning, Professor Gonzalez conducted a workshop with theatre education students and joined them for lunch.  Afterwards, Prof. Gonzalez visited two performance studies classes, before presenting a forum to about 90 faculty and students in F-201.  Gonzalez gave a presentation about his work, Dialogue/Dialogos, a project conducted in Santa Ana through the South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Latino Health Access Services.   He asked the audience to consider how theatre gives a voice to the voiceless.   Dialogue/Dialogos focused on families and individuals who are under-insured and under-served in the community.  Santa Ana is 78% Latino and one of the most densely populated communities in the United States.  Over 500 people were interviewed and the project ended up focusing on 16 stories for the play that was developed.  Mr. Gonzalez worked with 10 teaching artists and had over 60 people attended their first story circle, where they provided refreshments and babysitters.  Over 120 people came to the first audition. Interviews and rehearsals were always conducted in Spanish, English, or both.   Gonzalez advocated for Cornerstone Theatre and encouraged us to invite Cornerstone to conduct a workshop here to teach the techniques that have worked most successfully for their projects.  At the end of the day, Professor Gonzalez went to a working dinner with many of those involved in the upcoming production of Romeo y Julieta. On Saturday, he worked with Julia Ashworth, the entire cast of Romeo y Julieta, the dramaturgs, and the assistant director all day. Much appreciation to Julia Ashworth who arranged for Mr. Gonzalez’s visit.

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The “Legend for Witkacy,” a research project that is continuing to develop, directed by Adam Houghton and performed by six students, was presented last Saturday in the Nelke.  The students have been working with Adam in class all semester to develop the scenes that were performed.  This group of students and Professor Houghton will be leaving this coming Friday to attend the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) Conference in Leibnitz, Austria. IUGTE is an interdisciplinary conference, which will give those in the project an opportunity to get feedback from scholars in the field.  The project is inspired by an essay written by the Polish theatre artist, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, also known as WitkacyAdam was pleased with how the scenes have developed and will continue to develop as they explore the themes of the essay. Melonie Berriman, Calee Gardner, Ian Buckley, Emma Widtfedt, and Cooper Sutton performed, with Jake Fullmer serving as stage manager.


Professor Megan Sanborn Jones recently gave a lecture as part of the Disciple Lecture Series sponsored by the BYU Honors Program.  The title of her lecture was “WWJD: Performance, Perfection, and the End of Acting.” The lecture was given Thursday evening in 321 of the Maeser Building.



Julie Potter, Professor of Costume Design in the Theatre Department of Towson University in Maryland, visited BYU last Friday to review Dennis Wright’s costume designs in Into the Woods. Besides interviewing the director, Dallyn Bayles, costume shop head, Jessica Cowden, and several student designers and assistants, Julie attended the final Friday performance of Into the Woods.  As part of her trip here, Ms. Potter asked to see some of the pieces in the University Historic Clothing Collection, which was originally curated by retired faculty member Mary Farahnakian.  Since Mary’s retirement, the collection has been transferred to the L. Tom Perry Special Collection and the Museum of Peoples and Cultures.  Eventually the combined collections will be available online for scholars to access.  Julie was given access to about 20 items in the collection, hosted by Kayla Willey, who is currently overseeing the pieces. Julie curates a 1500-piece collection at Towson, and was extremely impressed with the quality and variety of the pieces she saw.

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Student News

We congratulate the following students who received Oscarson grants for the following proposals.

James Hall received funding for an internship in Los Angeles with television producer Marty Katz, who is helming his own production company. Katz produced well-known films such as Three Men and a Baby, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Little Mermaid, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.


Shelley Rose received funding for an internship with Evergreen Pictures, documentarian Lauren Greenfield‘s production company. This is the third intern BYU has placed with Lauren Greenfield. Lauren has a film in Sundance this year titled Generation Wealth. Both previous interns, Stephen Nelson and Sara Reed, worked on this film.