Category Archives: Opportunities & Workshops

Find opportunities including paid and volunteer work around the area. Also find workshops to increase your experience and skills.

The Acting Studio, New York: Summer Acting Conservatory & 1-Year Acting for Film and Theatre Conservatory

Summer 2017: June 26 – Aug 8
Application Deadline: June 1st

Fall 2017: Sept 25 – Jun 1st
Application Deadline: September 4th

For more information or to apply, visit or contact admissions at or 212.580.6600.


REGISTRATION OPEN: 2017 Writers Conference, May 17-20

The 2017 Writers Conference will take place May 17-20. Organized by Tom and Courtney Russell, students and alumni will join Media Arts faculty and special guests at the Timpanogos Lodge at Sundance for screenings, presentations, and discussions on writing for film, TV, and media.

The conference does require a fee. Because the conference is sponsored by the Theatre and Media Arts Department, TMA students will receive a subsidized fee. There is also an optional class students may register for (TMA 315R) which will include some of the registration fees as well. The fees are:

  • TMA Students registered for TMA 315 Class: $75
  • TMA Students Not registered for TMA 315 class: $175
  • TMA Alumni: $250
  • Non-TMA students/Alumni: $300

The conference is open to all BYU students and alumni, with current Media Arts students receiving priority. Second priority is given to animation and theater students; third priority is given to TMA alumni; final priority is given to BYU students and BYU alumni.

Due to the size of the lodge, we can only accept up to 60 students for overnight lodging (only current BYU students may lodge overnight) and a total of about 65 students for each day. The price for registration is the same whether or not the registrant opts for overnight lodging. Each day’s activities run from 9am to 9pm and all meals and snacks are provided.

Details and registration (open March 4th) are available at

The weekend’s special guests include:

Michael Herbert “Mike” Schur
 (born October 29, 1975) is an American television producer and writer, best known for his work on the NBC comedy series The Office and Parks and Recreation, the latter of which he co-created along with Greg Daniels. He also co-created the FOX comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and created the NBC comedy series The Good Place. Schur is also known for his small role on The Office as Mose Schrute, the cousin of Dwight Schrute. He has been married to J.J. Philbin since October 9, 2005. They have two children. Courtesy of and

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Jonathan Krisel is an American director, producer, writer, editor, and occasional actor. He is best known for his work with the comedy duo Tim & Eric, having directed episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. Krisel has also directed and co-wrote every episode of Portlandia, as well as several SNL Digital Shorts. Courtesy of

Director Rebecca Thomas’ first short film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She went on to debut her first feature, Electrick Children, at SXSW and earned a spot on Variety’s “Top Ten New Directors to Watch in Hollywood” as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination. A graduate of Columbia University’s renowned School of the Arts Film Masters Program, Thomas is now attached to direct Looking for Alaska and the live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. She is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the youngest of 5 children. Courtesy of

Jared Hess
was born on July 18, 1979 in Glendale, Arizona. He is a writer and director, known for Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Nacho Libre (2006) and Gentlemen Broncos (2009). He is married to Jerusha Hess. Jerusha Hess was born on July 12, 1980 in Olathe, Kansas. She is a writer and producer, known for Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Nacho Libre (2006) and Austenland (2013). They have one child. Courtesy of

BYU Media Arts alum, Drew Duncan, has written for Studio C and co-written with Jared and Jerusha Hess.

Free Online Arts Management Course: DeVos Institute

The Cycle: Managing Successful Arts and Cultural Organizations introduces core strategies for artistic planning, marketing, board development, and fundraising in a fun, accessible format. The course includes lectures, case studies from around the world, and planning activities. The entire course is available on demand upon enrollment for self-paced learning.

It is a great opportunity for your classes, student groups, alumni groups, and boards to take together and organize discussion sessions. Feedback from course participants is below.

Interested learners may enroll here.

Student Innovator of the Year Competition: Final Event!

SIOY Final Event March 15th from 3-4:30p in the Varsity Theater

Come see the finalists for the Student Innovator of the Year present at the SIOY Final Event. They will be competing for $13,000 in prizes on Thursday, March 15th in the Varsity Theater in the Wilk. There will be free Jdawgs to the first 100 people that arrive as well as drawings for a 3D printer and several other amazing prizes.


AUDITION: Signature Theatre Overtures

Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre Overtures: The Musical Theatre Institute

June 19 – July 1, 2017

  • Intensive classes in music, acting and dance for college students and recent graduates
  • One-on-one instruction with industry leaders including Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Signature Associate Artistic Director Mathew Gardiner
  • Audition for professional casting directors

Audition in person or via video:

In Person Auditions MARCH 25 (sign up starts February 27)
Video Auditions Due March 31

BYU Ankle Sprain Research – Participants Needed ($30)

BYU Ankle Sprain Research – Participants Needed ($30)

Have you ever sprained your ankle?  This research study is for you!  Researchers in the BYU exercise sciences are interested in evaluating whether functional performance tests (e.g., ankle range of motion test, balance test, and multiple hop test) can predict jump-landing biomechanics.

Participant Requirements:

  • Male or female aged 18 to 35 years
  • A history of ankle sprain injury
  •        Physical activity at least 3 times/week, a total time of 90 min/week in 3 months prior
  • No previous musculoskeletal (e.g., bone, joint structures, or nerves) surgeries or fractures
  • No sports-related injuries in the previous 3 months

Participants will receive $30 upon completion of the study, and total time commitment is around 2 hours.

If you want to participate in this study, please complete our online survey at the following link:

For more information, please contact Jun Son at

MA Graduate Program – Miami University, Oxford, OH

A major part of the MA program here at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, is directing training and directing opportunities. We plan to offer 6 assistantships this upcoming fall of 2017.

The Masters of Performance, Theatre and Practice is an opportunity for students to integrate their understanding of scholarship and practice as they are determining where they will fit into the theatre professionally or if they will pursue an MFA or PhD degree. Students can complete either a research thesis or a creative portfolio.  See more information at our website.

Graduate assistantships include a full tuition waiver and a stipend for working in the department as teaching assistants, graders, production support, and research assistants. Along with the important work of assistantships, we also value professional development and frequently support students to attend conferences and workshops.

We welcome students with a variety of interests in pursuing high level research and crafting their own independent research or creative project as they discover how they fit into our discipline and the world.   Students from liberal arts institutions thrive in our small program that values the educational process, critical pedagogy, and provides funding for the entire degree program (including summer stipends).      

Our preferred deadline for applications for Graduate Assistantships is February 1, 2017, but we will continue reviewing applications until March 1, 2017.