Spring Writing Workshops with UW

We all teach writing to one degree or another. This summer, University Writing offers two opportunities to help you get better at it:  

1. On May 18 & 19 we will offer six 50-minute Zoom workshops on effective methods in writing instruction. Participants will receive $50 (either in research money for full-time employees or supplemental salary for adjuncts). Please go here to register. *Adjuncts must be teaching in either Spring or Summer term.

2. Each summer you’re invited to read and discuss one book about teaching writing. This year’s selection is Provocations of Virtue, Notre Dame professor John Duffy’s book on how to teach ethics to college writing students. There will be a Zoom meeting for about an hour once a month from June–August to discuss Duffy’s work. Please email the University Writing secretaries at univ-writing@byu.edu to register for the summer reading group. The first 15 will get a free copy of the book.  

Matilda Auditions

Alpine Community Theater (ACT) sends out a call for AUDITIONS for Matilda The Musical. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power story about a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination and dreams of a better life. Open auditions will be held Saturday, May 22, at the new ACT Studios, 1349 South 500 East, American Fork, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. More audition information is located on our website. ACT’s Matilda The Musical will show in July 15-22, 2021. 

ACT continues in a tradition of excellence, camaraderie, and a family-friendly environment, “where everybody can get into the ACT”! There are opportunities for enthusiastic, energetic, community-minded volunteers to help us: assistant directors, stage managers, stage crew, costume designers, seamstresses, music directors, sound and lighting specialists, choreographers, hair and make-up specialists, set builders, set artists, set dressers, secretaries, audition coordinators, rehearsal supervisors, ticketing, publicity, fundraising, and much more! 

For more information call Laura Snyder at 801-404-0736 or check their website at alpinecommunitytheater.org.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

ACT Performing Arts Academy presents Kids in the ACT Teens (ages 13-18), in Thoroughly Modern Millie, the high-spirited musical, set in the bright lights of 1920s New York City. Performances run May 18 through 21 at the American Fork Amphitheater, 851 East 700 North. Seating is general admission. Show times and tickets are available at AlpineCommunityTheater.org or at the door. ACT continues in a tradition of excellence, camaraderie, and a family-friendly environment, “where everybody can get into the ACT”! For more information call Laura Snyder at 801-404-0736.

Annie, Jr.

LEAPIN LIZARDS! ACT Performing Arts Academy presents Kids in the ACT Youth Theatre, performing Annie, Jr., an adaptation of the heartwarming hit Broadway musical about the little orphan who charms everyone’s hearts and makes us grin from ear to ear! Performances run May 12 through 15 at the American Fork Amphitheater, 851 East 700 North. Seating is general admission. Show times and tickets are available at AlpineCommunityTheater.org or at the door. ACT continues in a tradition of excellence, camaraderie, and a family-friendly environment, “where everybody can get into the ACT”! For more information call Laura Snyder at 801-404-0736.

International Conference on the Constructed Environment

University of Calgary is pleased to announce their Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on The Constructed Environment in Calgary, Canada, 12 – 14 May 2021. The Constructed Environment Research Network is brought together by a common shared interest in human configurations of the environment and the interactions among the constructed, social and natural environments. More information on the conference and how to apply for presentation can be found here.

IUGTE CONFERENCE – Call for Presentations

The International Performing Arts Conference 2021 in Austria has announced the opening of Call for Presentations! The conference meeting is highly recommended for performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners. You are welcome to choose the presentation format: from practical workshop or a master class, to interactive talk/lecture/discussion, or other ways of demonstration that can be considered. The conference will be held July 26th through 29th. For more details, visit their website.

Winter 2021 Productions

Everyone, directed by Megan Sanborn Jones
Performances will be held virtually March 11th – March 13th, 2021, at 7:30pm
The 15th century morality play Everyman—one of the first plays recorded in the English language—receives an update in BYU Theatre’s new contemporary production Everyone. When Everyone is called by Death to make a final reckoning of their life, they have to say goodbye to this world and prepare for the next. At turns ridiculous and sublime, this live digital production urges us to discover what matters the most in this one precious life we have been given.

Broadway Revuestudent directed and choreographed
Performances will be held virtually March 19 & 20, 2021, at 7:30 pm
BYU’s interdisciplinary Music Dance Theatre program presents an annual showcase of beloved Broadway tunes each year. This year’s version will be virtual! This is a student directed and choreographed production.

The Pirates of Penzanceby Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert, directed by Tim Threlfall
Performances will be held virtually March 31st – April 2nd, 2021, at 7:30pm
A beloved comic opera of pirates, policemen, and paradoxes. Young Frederick believes he is free from his apprenticeship to the pirates at the age of 21, until the terrible discovery of his leap year’s birthday throws a wrench on his designs. Will Frederick be a slave of love or a slave of duty? Join us for this hour-long musical video extravaganza featuring the talents of BYU’s award-winning Music-Dance-Theatre program.

Illusionary Tales: The Turn of the Screw, adapted from Henry James’ story, adapted and directed by David Morgan
Performances will be held virtually April 8th – April 10th, 2021, at 7:30pm
A young governess accepts a job at an isolated estate only to find herself believing that the malevolent spirits of two ill-fated lovers are influencing her young charges. Featuring TMA’s ground-breaking work in the technology of the Pepper’s Ghost Effect and the innovative designs of our best theatre students, this new adaptation of the classic gothic horror story will haunt your dreams.

International Workshop with NIPAI

At New International Performing Arts Institute, students can spend three weeks in Hungary this Summer, immersed in an intensive course where they’ll learn to perform, direct, analyze plays, build rehearsals and training under the artistic direction of Sergei and Gennadiy Ostrenko. The 3-Week Physical Theatre and Directing workshop provides students with a strong foundation of acting and directing skills, with a specific focus on Russian theatre school in the interpretation of Ostrenko Brothers. For more information, visit their website

Backstage | Auditions, Casting Calls, Jobs, Talent Seeking, Advice

Backstage is a casting company that works to bring you opportunities in your area and online. To get the most current opportunities, visit their website.

Some opportunities currently include an original digital play, an immersive aural experience reminiscent of the radio plays of the 1930’s, and even availabilities as waiters/waitresses at a musical restaurant!