Department Calendar

Events Schedule

    October 15th: BIPOC Forum Lecture: Danor Gerald
    October 15th/17th: Pioneer Village Listening Event, Suffrage by Jenifer Nii
    October 20th: Eboo Patel Forum
                               End of 1st Term
    October 21st: Sharing our Stories through Theatre: Let’s Talk about Race! Workshop
                               Start of 2nd Term
    October 23rd: Final Cut Film Festival Entries Due Date (entry form/rules found here)
    October 29th: Illusionary Tales Digital Premiere
    October 31st: Illusionary Tales Digital Closing Night
    November 5th: Faith & Works Lecture: David Habben

BIPOC Forum Lecture Series — Danor Gerald

Our second BIPOC Forum Lecture will be held October 15th, and will feature director/filmmaker Danor Gerald.

BYU Final Cut Film Festival

The BYU Final Cut Film Festival is a student-produced, student-created film festival. Over a period of several evenings, we screen a collection of the best fiction films, documentaries, commercials, and animations that students create here at BYU. Final Cut is sponsored by the BYU Theatre and Media Arts department and the Student Film Association. The purpose of this festival is to encourage students to create and watch meaningful and creative media. Festival submissions are open to all current BYU students. Entry form and rules can be found here.

The TMA Department’s first ever virtual season starts in October! We congratulate the following students who were cast this past week in the upcoming virtual performances.  We are looking forward to exploring this new medium of live theatre and appreciate all the hard work going into these productions.

Illusionary Tales Casts
Performances will be on Oct. 29, 30, 31, 2020. Links to the performances and times will be available soon.

Balete Drive: A Ghost Story, a La Llorona adaptation by Melissa Leilani Larsen
Directed by Tony Gunn

CarolinaMalin C. Glade
FelixHunter Thomas Aro
La LloronaAlyssa Aramaki

Golem: For Such A Time As This, adaptation by James Goldberg
Directed by Adam Houghton

HadassahSage Patchin
MordecaiIan Buckley
LegendNathan Meyers

Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, adaptation by Andrew Justvig
Directed by David Morgan

ElizaSadie Veach
AnnabelleJuniper Taylor 
HenryDaniel Summerstay

Letters to Cuba/ Manuel for a Desperate Crossingby Maria Irene Fornés
Performances November 19, 20, 21, 2020
Directed by Kris Peterson

LuisMarco Vega
FranDarci Ramirez
MarcBenjamin Wright
JosephJohn Valdez
Jerry/GerardoDaniel Mesta
EnriqueMax Jennings
Balsero 1John Valdez
Balsero 2Marco Vega
Balsero 3Daniel Mesta
Balsera 4Darci Ramirez
Balsera AElisha Freitas
Balsera BMaria Carr
Balsera CJessica Mingorance Pereira
ChorusIssac Torres
ChorusBriana Caballero
ChorusDesiree Briones Ramirez

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
Performances on December 3, 4, 5, 2020
Directed by Andrea Gunoe

Sir Robert ChilternSkyler Denfeld
Lady ChilternAlyssa Aramaki
Miss Mabel ChilternAlison Taylor
Mrs. ChevelyAliyah Busselberg
Lady MarkbySophie Lewis
Earl of CavershamDaniel Summerstay
Viscount GoringIsaac Maltby
Mrs. MarchmontBethany Teames
Countess of BasildonEllie Mellen
Mr. MontfordAJ Klomp
Vicomte de NanjacClark Allen


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. 

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.

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