Department Calendar

Events Schedule 
    September 10th: Callbacks for La Llorona
    September 11th: Callbacks for The Tell Tale Heart & Letters from Cuba
    September 12th Callbacks for An Ideal Husband & The Golem
    September 15th: Elder James B. Martino Devotional
    September 22nd: Estela Marquez Devotional
    September 24th: BIPOC Forum Lecture
    September 29th: Melody Barnes Forum


TMA BLACK LIVES INITIATIVE

Throughout Fall 2020, TMA will provide opportunities for its students, faculty, and staff to think, discuss, and learn deeply about race, equity, and inclusion, how each of us can contribute to eradicating racism and thereby prepare a more Christ-like world for all of our Heavenly Parents’ children. TMA invites each of you to join us in this initiative.

BIPOC LECTURE SERIES: Four times during the semester, we will be pleased to hear from media and theatre artist/scholars with expertise in issues of racial justice. The speakers have yet to be determined, but the tentative dates and times are listed below. This series will be made available via Zoom. The speakers are yet to be determined, but the lectures will be at 11am on these tentative dates: September 24th, October 15th, November 12th, and December 10th.

BLACK LIVES SCRIPT CLUB: Hosted by Megan Sanborn Jones and Shelley Graham, this is an informal reading group where students and faculty alike are invited to read a different play by and about African Americans each week.  Wednesday’s from 5:30-6:30 pm, the club will gather on Zoom to discuss that week’s play. Sign up here. All current TMA adjunct/full-time faculty and students are welcome!  

BLACK LIVES FILM LAB: TMA has offered a film lab series course for a few semesters previously. For Fall 2020, we have decided to offer the series again and center it on films made by and about African Americans. Although the series will be available to all students that wish to attend, there is also a course created for those who would like to receive credit for attending. TMA 315R, Section 005 (1cr.) is open to all BYU majors. Participants will watch each week’s assigned film online on their own time and then participate in discussions on Thursdays, 12:00-12:50 pm, via Zoom. All TMA faculty are also invited and encouraged to participate in the series. The schedule for the series will be posted soon. 


Fall Semester 2020 – A Message from President Worthen

This past March we saw an incredible effort take place on our campus as we moved to remote coursework. I am thankful for the work of our faculty and staff, who through innovation and determination, made sure our students continued to receive a superb education. I am also grateful to our students, who adapted almost overnight to a new and different way of learning. The swift action helped slow the pandemic’s immediate impact on our campus community and allowed us to move forward as a university.

With fall semester now approaching, safely returning to campus will be just as important and just as challenging. Thanks to the dedicated work of many BYU faculty, administrators and staff, we are now announcing plans for an in-person fall semester. This decision is subject to change depending on trends in disease prevalence and guidance from state and local governments.

Fall semester 2020 will begin, and perhaps remain, unlike any other semester at BYU. The return to campus will involve a wide range of adjustments including:

  • Phased return of students to BYU on-campus housing
  • Hybrid classes that combine in-person and remote learning
  • Expanded number of BYU Online courses
  • COVID-19 testing for sick individuals and some testing of asymptomatic individuals
  • Contact tracing in partnership with the Utah County Health Department
  • Phased approach for reintroducing activities and events
  • Required use of face coverings by students, faculty, staff and visitors
  • A shift to remote instruction and exams after Thanksgiving

We’re sharing the general plans with you today and will keep detailed updates coming as fall semester draws near.

For this to succeed, we all have to play our part. The BYU mission statement says that all relationships within the BYU community should reflect “a loving, genuine concern for the welfare of our neighbor.” Certainly that can be our motivation for wearing a face covering, washing our hands often, and staying home when we’re sick. We can react with empathy when someone we know tests positive for COVID-19. We can fight the virus of contempt with kindness even as we debate how to best respond as a society to the pandemic.

That genuine love for each other is what will make this year’s BYU experience a remarkable period of growth for each one of us. We look forward to safely gathering soon.

Kevin J Worthen
BYU President


DEPARTMENT AUDITIONS

BYU’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts is holding auditions for the virtual performances of Manual for a Desperate Crossing and Letters from Cuba by María Irene Fornés (roles for 3 women and 6 men, Latinx actors, sign-ups can be found here — please prepare a 1-minute poem, preferably in Spanish), as well as An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (roles for 6 women and 5-8 men, sign-ups can be found here — please prepare a 90-second period comedic, non-Shakespeare monologue). Details found below.

We will also be holding auditions for three short plays based on La Llorona the legend from Hispanic folklore, The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, and The Golem from Yiddish folklore. There are roles available for 9 actors in the Provo area, and sign-ups can be found here. Please prepare a 90-second monologue from a play. Details can be found below.


Change to Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for University Scholarships

The President’s Council recently approved a change to the university’s scholarship minimum credit hour requirement. Effective Fall 2020, academic, need-based, and other scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office will carry a 12-credit hour requirement instead of 14.

This change provides students greater flexibility in scheduling courses and participating in internships, student teaching, and experiential learning opportunities, while also addressing personal needs, such as health issues and family circumstances.  In addition, changing the minimum credit hour requirement creates consistency with the standards of other aid providers, including Federal Student Aid, the NCAA, and many third-party foundations and organizations.


OPPORTUNITIES

Military Chaplaincy Program
There is a paid opportunity for students on campus to act out various scenarios so the Chaplains can practice counseling. It will be held entirely over Zoom, student actors will be paid, and the average time expected will be about 4 hours a week (you must be available THursdays from 1pm – 1:50pm).

Auditions are Thursday, Sept 10th from 6pm – 9pm, and the link for sign-ups can be found here.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://byu.zoom.us/j/8012279525

Meeting ID 801 227 9525

Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s Technical Theatre Conservatory
Hello from PCPA! One of the best kept secrets in the American Theatre is PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s two year Technical Theatre Conservatory. Just about any professional theatre you visit in the country is going to have some connection to PCPA. We are actively looking for Technical Theatre students to join us in October of 2020. Find more information here.

Because the fall Young Company show has been temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19, we are excited to announce that we will be offering a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) class fall 2020 instead.  The TMA 455R class will meet from 9-11:50am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (no Saturday commitments).  In this class, students will be studying more in depth TYA curriculum as well as learning how to facilitate TYA workshops, with a plan to teach workshops in public schools. If you have questions, contact professor Julia Ashworth. She’d be happy to answer any questions you might have:  Julia Ashworth julia_ashworth@byu.edu


AUDITIONS IN THE AREA

CASTING ALERT: Compete as a “Top Chef Amateur” + More Regional Gigs
There are lots of great opportunities for talent in regions and cities across the country. The Bravo series “Top Chef Amateurs” is looking for contestants who are home and amateur cooks with serious culinary skills. Also, Netflix’s “The Circle” is seeking entertaining, confident, funny, and competitive talent, a commercial for Pillsbury Baking needs a family of four, and more! Find more information here.

Now Casting: A ‘Late Late Show’ Segment Needs Real Father-Kid Duos + 3 More Gigs
Don’t miss any of the great gigs in today’s casting roundup! Reveal your secrets on the “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” seeking talent for a new episode of its popular “Face Your Parent” segment. Plus, a national birth control campaign, an indie feature film, and a story-based online promo are all casting. Find more information and apply here.

Love ‘Stranger Things’? Apply to These Gigs to Find Your Own Upside Down
Are you eagerly awaiting the return of Netflix’s Stranger Things? We can’t wait to see what happens next after that Season 4 trailer but with no premiere date announced yet, we don’t know exactly when we’ll be returning to Hawkins and the Upside Down. The wait doesn’t mean you can’t still have a “Stranger Things” worthy adventure though. Now is the perfect time to find your own science fiction or horror production to join! More information found here.

Modeling Casting: Model for a Salsa Brand Photo Shoot + More Great Gigs
Don’t miss any of the top modeling jobs available nationwide, including a salsa brand photo shoot, a compression shirt product demo, and more! Find more information here.

Callboard
If you haven’t already, we invite you to create a profile with CallBoard. This program was created by BYU students to help you find local auditions and actors for your projects. CallBoard is now recognized as the largest database of Utah Actors and Utah Auditions. We think this will be a great resource for all of our students. Actor accounts are only $10/year. This grants you access to all of the local auditions and upload your resume/headshot so that directors can contact you directly and Director accounts are Free. Our goal is to help you as a student connect with those in the industry by finding work both in the department and outside of BYU. Create an account as soon as possible with the link below. To create account, click here. The current list of Utah auditions, click here.

For more non-departmental auditions, see auditions in the area.

For more auditions and workshops, inside and outside of Utah County, visit backstageutah.comutahactors.ning.com, and utah.my-callboard.com.


This website is provided as a service for BYU Theatre students. Organizations are not endorsed by Brigham Young University or by the Theatre and Media Arts Department.

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