Department News

We wanted to let our students, alumni, faculty and staff know that Mary Lou Fulton passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1.   She and her husband, Ira, were extremely generous donors to BYU and to TMA particularly.  In 2004, the Fultons established the five million dollar Mary Lou Fulton Chair in Theatre and Media Arts.  The chair has funded hundreds of student projects and scholarships, provided support for outside artists and guests, and supported faculty in numerous ways.  As a gesture of love and appreciation, and in recognition of Mary Lou’s love of birds, we would like to invite students, alumni, faculty, and staff members who have been touched by the Fulton’s generosity to write short notes to them on origami paper.  Then our front desk secretaries will fold the papers into cranes.  TMA will be providing oragami paper at the TMA front desk.  Just stop by, write a note and sign your name, and we will take care of the rest.  Or, you may send an email to with your message and the front desk will put your note on an origami crane.

The papers will be available MondayThursday, Oct. 5-8, in D-581 HFAC. We invite everyone and anyone who would like to send positive messages to the Fultons to participate.  We are so grateful to the Fultons and the legacy of creative scholarship they have provided for our department.



Peace Officer will be playing for a week starting on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Gateway Megaplex in SLC. Scott and Brad will be doing Q&A with Dub Lawrence again on Monday night there.  The screenings at the Tower and Gateway Megaplex are part of a nationwide rollout, for the national distribution of the film.  In addition to SLC, the film comes out in 6 new cities today, then 12 more next weekend (all cities listed here:  )  Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber will also be on RadioWest this Monday to talk about Peace Officer at 11am and 7pm.  Two more great reviews came out recently in The Washington Post and The Boston Globe: 
Last Friday, Oct. 2, in F-201, the student capstone project, “That Old Familiar Spirit” premiered.  The 14 min. film was directed by Hunter Phillips and produced by Sam Reimer.  Shot in Winter 2015, the story is set in 1912 and involves a frontier woman (Karli Hall) who must face the coming winter while also confronting her late husband (Ruel Brown) who has risen from the dead.  Hunter was very pleased with the screening and wanted to especially thank Tom Lefler, Tom Russell, and Kyle Stapley who were his advisers.
Only two more weeks to see some very fun musicals at Tuacahn:  Beauty and the Beast, When You Wish, and Sister Act.  Here is a link to their website:  Several MDT alums are part of the company, including Shea Robins, Cameron Anderson, and Brandon Roach.  Our own Janet Swenson is the costume designer on When you Wish and Beauty and the Beast, and the costumes are fabulous!  When You Wish is a concept that has been developed by Tuacahn and Disney and is filled with many of the most popular songs from animated and filmed fairy tale. And the weather in St. George is lovely this time of year!

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