CASTING ALERT: Remotely Record a Commercial for a Financial Service App + More Auditions

There are lots of opportunities for talent right now, including remote work. A commercial for a financial service app is looking for talent to work from home creating testimonial-style videos while a PSA for a Celtic non-profit wants female talent to self-record a short video. Plus, a series online commercials for a security app needs talent to remotely record variations on a short spot and more! Find more information here.

Department News 04-27-20

Congratulations to all our TMA graduates, students, and faculty who made it through Winter Semester 2020! Thanks for all you did to adjust to the most unprecedented semester ever! Enjoy this Monday!


Here’s a little film Kelly Loosli made several years ago with Shane Lewis, Alan Williams (music), and Ryan Purcell (audio), which seems appropriate to our current circumstances. The film was a simple test to demonstrate age-appropriate humor using limited animation, Toonboom Animate Pro, and Adobe After FX. The piece played at multiple festivals, most notably Anima Mundi (where it participated in their traveling festival throughout Brazil for two consecutive years).


Although the premiere of George Nelson’s new play, 1820 the Musical, has been postponed indefinitely thanks to this crazy virus, George and his team continue to refine and work on the play. The set, designed and being built by Nat Reed is making progress in someone’s garage. Three of the talented Lowe family siblings have been working on writing and arranging the music, Doug, Kendra, and Kayliann. They’ve released a few of the songs, “Alive in Christ” and “I’m Forever Changed” on the musical’s Facebook page. They’ve also posted a songwriter’s version of “Sleep On, My Child,” a dark lullaby sung as Emma and Joseph bury their firstborn infant. They plan on releasing more songs in the upcoming weeks. George wrote the play in celebration of the bicentennial year of Joseph’s first vision. Originally, the play was opening on May 15, but a new premiere date will be announced later this summer.

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Personal TMA Faculty Milestones:

  • David Morgan celebrated a birthday (we aren’t saying how many!) and his 23rd wedding anniversary last week.  (And Annadee says she still loves, him, too!)

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  • Tim and Linda Threlfall became grandparents for the fifth time when their daughter Kami (MDT alum) gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Connor Douglas, on April 7 in Washington D.C.  No one could be with her, but she was able to Facetime everyone soon after the birth. Mom and baby are home safe and sound now with the rest of their family (Dad, Elena, and Graham), quarantined in their apartment.

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  • Weston Wright, son of Dennis and Kim Wright returned home from his mission in Tonga on April 4.  Weston had been out 7 ½ months, was loving his mission, and getting a good hold on the language. He has completed his at home quarantine and is adjusting well. Weston hopes to be reassigned as a missionary (wherever that may be) as soon as possible, and if circumstances allow, would like to return to Tonga.

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  • Last, but not least, from Rory Scanlon:

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Department News 04-20-20

TMA 2020 Student Awards

It is hard to believe that, except for a few days of finals, Winter Semester 2020 is almost over! No one could have predicted the “pomp and unusual circumstances” of this April’s graduation. Although we couldn’t hold the usual end-of-year student celebrations, the faculty on each side of the department discussed and identified many outstanding students for their service and exemplary work during their undergraduate careers here in TMA. Both sides of the department expressed what strong graduating seniors we had this year. We congratulate those who have earned or will earn their degrees in 2020.  Here are links to the lists of outstanding student recognitions for our graduating seniors for Theatre and Media Arts.


The Escape from Planet Death podcast has been accepted into the HEAR Now Festival. According to its website, the Festival, based in Kansas City, “is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio storytelling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances; multi-voiced, classic radio drama; experimental narrative; and much more.” While festival organizers had intended to host an in-person Festival between June 11-14, 2020, they have had to adapt and instead are hosting an on-line listening event, the Podcast Palooza, that will feature works in Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories. Escape from Plant Death has been selected for inclusion in the palooza, and now enters the next level of review to judge into which category it will be placed. Planet Death’s category will be announced on May 15. We congratulate Tom and Courtney Russell and all those students who took part in the production of the podcast.  To listen to this delightful science fiction story, go here. Next fall, the script will be performed as a stage version of the radio play.



For the past seventeen years, MDT area head Tim Threlfall has organized the New York Showcase trip, where graduating seniors in the BFA Acting and MDT BFA programs flew out to New York and performed for casting agencies in NY. Many of our seniors only bought one-way tickets. After so many years, many agents and agencies look forward to the group from BYU, and the majority of our seniors get approached with solid offers for representation. This year, however, with all travel suspended, the group will not be traveling to NY any time soon. Instead, Tim has arranged for each of the seniors who would have gone to NY to record their performances and post them on the NY Showcase website. The 1,500 flyers that usually go out to NY agencies inviting them to the showcase will go out again, but this time, professional agencies will be referred to this website. Take a moment and enjoy these performances! Betcha can’t watch just one!

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2020 New York Showcase Performers.


STUDENT NEWS

We hope you check out Cameron Cox’s #ShareYourStory on the CFAC website. Here’s a link to the articleCameron recounts many of the significant experiences he has had as an undergraduate here in the theatre department. He states, “Remotely — and in the midst of a pandemic — is not how I had planned on or would have chosen to end my BYU experience. But I would be remiss to not acknowledge how grateful I am for every professor, peer, performer, mentor and technician I have worked with to get to where I am today. As I am considering where to go to complete my graduate degree in theatre, I cannot and will not forget everything BYU provided me.”

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2020 Graduate Cameron Cox (left center) during a rehearsal of “The Magic Flute.”


One of those graduating seniors who had hoped to participate in the showcase, Calee Gardner, was interviewed by Monica Chabot from CFAC External Relations. Chabot observes that “Connection has also been a large part of Gardner’s experience in the MDT program. From the support of her professors to laughing, sweating and crying with her classmates, Gardner has built relationships and made connections throughout her collegiate career. Gardner believes that these kinds of peer and mentor interactions have helped her to identify her own priorities and become an advocate for the arts.” To read the complete article about Calee’s interview, go here.

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2020 Graduate Calee Gardner.

 

Department News 04-13-20

Today in The Sound and the Fury, we’re sharing a few examples of unexpected online class experiences that have been generously sent our way. Thanks to all who have responded! We know the end of the semester is a crazy time! However, if you haven’t had a chance to share a memorable experience you’ve had with shifting your class(es) online and would still like to, please send your experiences to Elizabeth_funk@byu.edu.


Marianne Hales Harding is an adjunct faculty member in TMA, teaching TMA 351 (Intermediate Playwriting) this semester. Since going online, Marianne had pulled one of the assignments because she felt the students had a lot going on and a smaller assignment would still accomplish the educational goals. Students were to do peer review presentations on each other’s plays. Marianne told them they could make their presentations very brief (5 minutes), looking at some aspect of the play (basic structure, images, themes, whatever). Students were going to give their presentations all in one class period last week, but the students ended up giving 20-30 minute, “deep-dive” presentations instead of the 5-minute presentations they had been assigned, so this exercise ended up taking two class periods. One thing Marianne always tries to create with this class is a culture of supportive writers. She was so touched at how much time and energy each playwright put into a play that wasn’t their own–both the students presenting and the students engaging in each vibrant discussion. She says, “It very nearly made me cry. Ok, I did cry when the webcam was off. I was really worried that moving to an online format would undercut the class culture we had created, but we have great students and they have really stuck together through a difficult time.”

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Marianne Hales Harding


Katie Bogner Hill is one of our adjunct media arts faculty who teaches TMA 384, Shooting a Script, where the class creates and shoots a script together. Katie explains the situation, “Since we were into our on-set and shooting part of the semester, the move to online learning was pretty devastating to my students and required a total re-evaluation of my course curriculum. We had spent the first half of the semester preparing for our time on set. Additionally, it is the time on set as a class where the most significant learning of the semester happens. Not being able to produce our class film was incredibly disappointing to myself, but especially for my students. “

However, Katie generally tries to bring in a few guest artists to her classes every term since her professional network is one of her greatest assets as an instructor. She says, “It’s a nice change from hearing me drone on week after week, but it’s also very satisfying when a guest reinforces the things that I’ve been teaching. With COVID-19 shutting down Hollywood, I decided to take advantage of everyone’s sudden availability. I wanted to do something that would keep my students engaged and lift their spirits while also giving them some valuable learning opportunities. I reached out to some friends and received a great response!”

Here are a few of the guests the students have heard from.

  • Ryan Little (BA in media arts, 2000), who has directed multiple features, episodic television, and commercials, including Saints and Soldiers, Age of Dragons, and Forever Strong.  Ryan and Katie were here at BYU together and have kept in touch.
  • Vessie Kasachka, a friend of Katie‘s from LA that I used to AC with. She is a 1st AC. Her credits include The Artist, Whiplash, The Voice, House, M.D. and several A-list movies and TV series.
  • Brandon Mastrippolito is a Cinematographer. His work includes TV series (Fresh Off the Boat, Modern Family, Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23, etc.), features and commercials. Brandon has also worked as Camera Operator and 1st AC on several A-list films and TV shows. Check out his website: http://brandondp.com/
  • Nick Satriano is a 1st AD. If it’s a big Hollywood action film, chances are either Nick or his sister Lisa is the 1st AD. His credits include: Pacific Rim: Uprising, Kong: Skull Island, The Fate of the Furious and many, many more.
  • Lisa Satriano, the first AD on Black Panther, Men in Black: International, Atomic Blonde and several other A-list action films. She will reach out to a few of her friends to see if they would like to join her in the discussion. Katie hopes to focus this discussion in particular on women in film.

“The class is thrilled! They are very excited to speak with these professionals and come prepared to engage and ask thoughtful questions. Last week’s discussion was fantastic. As an assignment,  I ask them each to write a brief thank you note which I send in one single batch email to the guest. I’m pretty excited about how this turned out, and feel like this has been a great way to make the best of an unfortunate situation.”

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Katie Bogner Hill


Becky Wallin is the BYU Young Company Tour Manager. When BYU went to online classes, the Young Company Hamlet production had completed almost half their tour, but they had to completely re-think the class since students usually get their credit through touring the show. Becky had the class write their end-of-tour reflection paper soon after tour was cancelled, and then we moved on to other assignments. Julia AshworthTeresa Love, and Becky worked together to create some new, TYA content for the remainder of the semester. The whole cast read the TYA play North Star by Gloria Bond-Clune and then participated in a Zoom discussion led by Julia. Other assignments included selecting a TYA play of their choice and writing a play review, and researching a TYA company and creating a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class. Becky has also been working to provide information about on-line, at-home learning content for schools and our social media followers. The BYU Young Company Instagram account is updated regularly with content from professional TYA companies and BYU related entities for at home theatre-related fun including recorded productions, creative theatre games, and craft projects. Becky also posted the Young Company 2006 production of Twelfth Night that was recorded at the LDS MOPIC to YouTube and made the link, along with a list of at-home theatre resources, available to our partner schools. Here’s some of the content links she sent out to the schools, that any parent or teacher of young people could find helpful.

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Becky Wallin


Media arts senior Alysse Clegg was the speaker for the TMA convocation on April 24.  But with all large gatherings canceled, our CFAC External Relations has highlighted Alysse and her engagement in the media arts non-fiction track in an outstanding article found here.

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Allyse Clegg

 

Zoom Security

You’ve probably seen news reports of other schools experiencing “Zoom bombing,” where uninvited guests maliciously disrupt a virtual meeting. That has not happened at BYU yet, and we’d like your help keeping it that way.

Here are three tips for preventing uninvited guests (highlighted in the image below):

  1. Generate a specific meeting ID instead of using your Personal Meeting ID (Personal Meeting ID is a meeting ID given to you to always use as a reoccurring meeting that you host. It’s best to always create a new meeting ID)
  2. Require a meeting password
  3. Use the Waiting Room so you can see who has joined before you begin (the guests in the waiting room show up in your participants list when you are hosting your zoom meeting, you will need to click “Admit” to have them join your meeting)

The Office of IT and the Academic Vice President’s office together determine the default settings for BYU’s Zoom license. Three protective measures they have taken include defaulting the host/participant video off, muting participants upon entry and host screen sharing only. Each of these default settings can be changed by the meeting host.

Thank you for the excellent work you’ve put in this semester to serve our students. OIT has created this helpful summary of Zoom security tips to keep things running smoothly.

If you have any questions about these security issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kyle, Grant, or OIT. They are happy to help guide you to find these settings.

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Department News 04-06-20

 

The TMA Office is now closed to the public until further notice. From time to time, secretaries might be in working, but the door will remain locked. Please feel free to use your keys to access the office if you need to. The HFAC is open between 7:45 am – 6:00 pm.

We also ask that if you visit the office and others are present, please respect all social distancing guidelines.

Further, because our staff is limited during this time, the best way to get in touch with us is by email. For general information, please still reach out to tma_secretary@byu.edu.  For Theatre related questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Funk at elizabeth_funk@byu.edu. For Media Arts related information, please reach out to Grant Gomm at grant_gomm@byu.edu.

When the secretaries are present, they will continue to collect the mail and distribute it to your boxes.

Please contact BYU Mail Services for any packages you are expecting.  From their website:

296 UPB

Phone: 801.422.3658
Until further notice, the UPB post office hours will be as follows:
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:15 pm
Please call if you have any questions or need pick up assistance.

Further information can be found here.


If you know of an outstanding senior who is graduating soon, encourage them to share their story in the #CFACGradCampaign. All our graduating seniors have been invited to share their stories in an email from Elizabeth Funk. However, to have a faculty member encourage them to submit something carries extra weight.  Simply encourage them to apply here. Students can submit videos, papers, designs, scripts, etc.  You know better than anyone the outstanding work students have done. Sometimes, students just need a little encouragement and which work you think they should share.

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Although it seems that our current situation is quite unprecedented, you may be aware that BYU faced similar circumstances in 1918, with the Spanish flu pandemic.   Then-president of the church, Joseph F. Smith, succumbed to complications of this illness in November, 1918. No wonder our church leaders have been so careful!  To read more about how this pandemic affected BYU, go here.

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A comic from January 1919 in the student newspaper “White and Blue,” poking fun at the masks people wore after the Spanish Flu.


We are inviting our TMA faculty to share their current experiences in wrestling with the sudden shift to online teaching and learning. Adam Houghton feels that his “experience mirrors colleagues who are also teaching acting and have said, the online format is assisted greatly by having established relationships of trust with our students during the first part of the semester. I am using video-conferencing software to coach students one at a time. We miss the communal power of a face-to-face acting class has!”


STUDENT NEWS

We want to thank and congratulate three of our office student staff who will be graduating this April.

Braxton Church, who has worked on our department newsletters, production history, and websites for the past year, is graduating in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing this month. He has a passion for theatre, having served as a TA in the Performance in Civilization Class and performed in several mask clubs and the production of Dr. Faustus. He has also dramaturged for the Covey Center’s It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play. Braxton has written four unpublished novels, a short story that appears in the “Of Fae and Fate” anthology, and several articles for Third Hour (check one out here). After graduation, Braxton plans to GET THOSE NOVELS published!!! He’ll also pursue his passion for theatre, and will be dramaturging next season’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, so this won’t be the last we see of him.

Lexie Olivares, who has served as our department graphic designer this semester, will graduate in illustration. She has been working remotely from Las Vegas since BYU shut down, enjoying her new niece. After graduation, she hopes to do more design work, adopt a cat, and someday illustrate her own graphic novel! When she isn’t working or drawing, Lexie likes to collect records and watch movies with her friends.

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Many thanks to Lexie Olivares and the work she’s done this past semester!

Brooklyn Parkinson started working for the TMA Department 4 years ago as one of our front desk secretaries. One summer, she served as Elizabeth Funk’s assistant and helped with the department newsletters, and she also worked as the assistant for Lindsi Neilson and Katie Tolman this past year. She knows the office pretty thoroughly and we will miss her! Brooklyn will be graduating in Photography and plans on growing her photography business. Her husband, Hayden, was just hired at Athlos Academy in Boise, and they will be moving there sometime this summer.

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Many thanks to Brooklyn Parkinson for everything that she’s done!

 

Department News 03-30-20

There is a new feature on the BYU.edu/coronavirus website that reports the number of confirmed cases among individuals either working on enrolled in classes on campus during winter semester. As of this morning, there are two confirmed cases.

Going forward, BYU is asking members of the campus community to self-report if they have had a positive test or are awaiting results of a test, which can be done through this link. This information will help BYU to reduce the spread of the disease by making sure the appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected. The Utah County Health Department will continue to do contact tracing and notifications for confirmed cases.


Way too short, but oh, so wicked!! Although BYU’s production of Little Shop of Horrors ran for only six performances, everyone talked about the amazing Audrey II, the mesmerizing villain of the musical. Our External Relations Office just published a story written by media arts alum Martha Duzett focusing on the behind the scenes animation of the character, voiced by MDT major Bronwyn Reed and puppeted by acting pre-major Jared Kamauu.  Find out how and why they got involved and the fun and hard work it took to create this diabolical villain here.


Looking for a way to fight cabin fever for you or your children? Or maybe new ideas for an original one-act production? Kim Poole, former office employee, has published her first book. In No Ordinary Life, the first in a set of three, Helen (Kim’s mother) tells stories about her earliest memories through junior high. Helen was born in Salt Lake City in 1916 and remembers the days when icemen made home deliveries, and horse watering troughs were commonplace on downtown streets. Many of Helen’s stories contain mischief or mistakes, like shoplifting an apple, sliding down a haystack into the lap of a convict, skinny-dipping, or being kidnapped. All of her stories contain exquisite honesty, compassion for those around her, and a sense of unquenchable adventure. Written in the style of Anne of Green Gables, or Little House in the Big Woods, each chapter is a stand-alone story and is a fun read for all ages.” The paperback is available on Amazon and a kindle version is now available for $3.99 here.


STUDENT NEWS

The Student Theatre Association (STA) had planned a wonderful service project, but then Winter Semester ground to a halt with COVID 19! Undeterred, the STA leadership decided they could proceed with some minor alterations. They contacted all theatre students and invited them to write thank you notes to their professors and other student mentors via email. Then they took those notes and “heart attacked” the doors of all the theatre faculty and many of our arts production colleagues.  Less than a week into social distancing, and we all felt more connected and loved than ever! Thanks to the STA leadership and volunteers, Cameron Cox, Emma Hansen, Paul Hintz, Freja Jorgeson, Melissa Longhurst, and Alexis Winn, who had a great time making this happen!

 

Department News 03-23-20

So much has changed since last week! Probably the biggest news is that because of COVID-19, on Thursday, March 12, all BYU classes were suspended for three days. Then, on Wednesday, March 18, our faculty began teaching those classes again in online formats only.  In addition, all performances at BYU have been canceled. You can find more information about this unprecedented situation here. If you as a TMA faculty member are experiencing difficulties with the technologies used to conduct online courses, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Information Technology (801-422-4000) or the TMA Front Desk (801-422-6645), who can route you to someone who can help.


The Association for Mormon Letters (AML) recently announced award finalists.  Among the finalists, the following works created by our alums, students and faculty were recognized. A shout out to our senior fiction capstone films, which were all finalists in the Short Films category! Winners will be announced on May 2.  All nominations are listed on the AML blog.[Braxton, there are many photos to choose from on this page.]

Drama and Film

  • Taylor Hatch’s (Theatre Arts Studies, 2016)  Project X
  • Melissa Leilani Larson’s (MA, 2004) Bitter Lemon

Narrative Feature Films

  • Garrett Batty’s (Media Arts Studies, 2000) Out of Liberty

Documentary Feature Films

  • Scott Christopherson’s (Media Arts Studies, 2007, and current faculty member) Jimmer:  The Lonely Master

Short Films

  • Father of Man, directed by Barrett Burgin (Media Arts Studies, 2019)
  • Paper Trails, directed by Heather Moser (Media Arts Studies, 2019)
  • Stickup Kid, directed by Daniel Tu (Media Arts Studies, 2019)
  • Man and Kin, directed by Max Johnson (Media Arts Studies, 2019)

Middle Grade Novel

  • Time Castaways:  #1 The Mona Lisa Key and #2 The Obsidian Compass, by Liesl Shurtliff (MDT, 2004)

Criticism

  • James Goldberg (Theatre Arts Studies, 2006). “Wrestling with God: Invoking Scriptural Mythos in LDS Literary Work.” In James GoldbergRemember the Revolution: Mormon Essays and Stories.

George Nelson’s new play, In Exchange, was selected to be part of the New Play Development Workshop at The ATHE Conference in Detroit in August. The play is one of eight selected from many national submissions. The play will be presented in a reading at the conference. Congratulations, George (and congrats on your recent 43rd wedding anniversary, too! We love Leslie!)!


Tom Russell’s Escape from Planet Death podcast was recently accepted into the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles, which will be held on June 3-4.  This will be the world premiere of the podcast in a film festival.  The New Media Film Festival “celebrates stories, technology, and platforms. They are continually implementing new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.”  Learn more about the festival and the presentation of Planet Death here.


STUDENT NEWS

A recent story from CFAC External Relations, written by Anelise Leishman reports about the recent Changemaker Film Festival Winner, ‘Cassidy: Surviving in Nine Short Films,’ which explores trauma after sexual assault. Directed by Hannah Hughes (senior in media arts studies) and produced by Nico Sanchez (senior in media arts studies), the team of student filmmakers was advised by Amy Jensen and Brad Barber.  The article tells how Hannah decided to make the film and why nine short pieces were chosen for the form of the film.  You can read the whole article here.

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Audition 2020: Hale Center Theater Orem – Little Women

Auditions for Little Women will be held March 31 by appointment only. They will be taking appointments beginning March 17th. Call 801-226-8600 to schedule an audition. The auditions will be at 537 N. 1200 W. in Orem. Prepare a 30 second sample of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided and no minus track will be used. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled audition time to fill out the necessary paperwork. You can learn more about the auditions here.

Department News 03-09-20

Little Shop of Horrors, directed by George Nelson, had a tremendous opening this past weekend. This musical tragicomedy tells the story of nervous Seymour (played by MDT Senior Noah Hartwell), a worker in a run-down flower shop who brings life back to the shop with a strange plant, which secretly eats human blood. In the show, Noah has amazing chemistry with Jamie Inouye, an MDT senior who plays Audrey, as their love blooms in this tragedy. Additionally, the three chorus girls, MDT junior Beatriz Melo as Ronnette, MDT junior Sophia Guerrero as Crystal, and pre-MDT sophomore Issa McKnight as Chiffon, pull the audience into the story with their amazing vocals and stage presence. Then one must acknowledge the puppeteer for Audrey II, pre-acting sophomore Jared Kamauu, who helped bring the puppets created by guest artist MattaMagical (Matt McGee) to life on stage. Of course, the voice of Audrey II, MDT sophomore Bronwyn Reed, helped turned the plant into a sinister force of nature. Additionally, this production of Little Shop of Horrors did something phenomenal with Audrey II’s voice, but you’ll have to come see the production to find out just what it is! The performance runs through March 21, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm. You can purchase tickets here, and can learn more about the production at 4th Wall Dramaturgy.


This past Friday, TMA faculty participated the annual Assessment Day at the Hinckley Center. Each area reviews artifacts from selected classes to assess whether or not their learning outcomes are being met. Sometimes, areas will revise their learning outcomes; other times they figure out ways to better meet those outcomes. This year’s Assessment Day, supervised by our Teaching and Learning Committee Chair, Megan Sanborn Jones, included some great food, Hrushka’s Kolaches for breakfast and Tucahnos for lunch, and excellent work from each of our areas. Areas will follow up by updating the online Learning Outcomes table and prepare for next year’s assessment. Several faculty members remarked that their favorite part of the day is simply having the chance to connect with and learn from their colleagues.


We welcome Julian White from Cal Poly, an expert in the Meisner Technique, who is a visiting faculty member this term in TMA, teaching a class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon on the Meisner technique to seventeen of our acting students. Our faculty got to meet Julian last Thursday at lunch, and our students will have an opportunity to meet him this Thursday, March 12, at the theatre forum. Julian is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Drama. He is finishing his eighth year at Cal Poly Pomona Theatre Department. He received his BFA from Webster University, MFA from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) and classical training at Oxford University (Oxford England). You can read more about his directing and acting credits here. We are looking forward to working with him this term!

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Guest Professor Julian White.


Student News

Great news for Daniel Mesta who won the LMDA/KCACTF Dramaturgy award and the Program Note Award at the regional festival in February. His work was done on BYU’s production of The Magic Flute. Last week, Daniel received an official invitation to participate in the KCACTF National Festival in Washington DC in April. Of the eight regional regions, Daniel is one of four students in the nation to have been offered this invitation to participate in the national festival. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts 125 outstanding theater students from colleges and universities across the nation as part of the annual National Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, April 6 – 10, 2020. These 125 outstanding students are chosen from thousands of student artists from eight regional festivals which take place in February and March. We congratulate Daniel for this recognition and the opportunity to represent BYU at this year’s national KCACTF Festival in dramaturgy.

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Left to right: Janine Knighton, Shelley Graham, Co-coordinators of KCACTF Region VIII Dramaturgy, and Daniel Mesta.


Alumni News

Sarah Duffin in CFAC External Relations recently interviewed Media Arts alum Scott Cook about his college experience and his current career. In the article, Scott discusses how he got started in dance film when he took the dance department’s film course with professor Karen Jensen. From there, he has made countless films with BYU’s Dance Department to combine these two art forms. You can watch one of Scott‘s many dance films below.