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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 film.byu.edu/writersconference.

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 http://www.imdb.com and Wikipedia.org.

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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 Wikipedia.org.

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 deadline.com.

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 http://www.imdb.com.

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

Hale Center Theater Orem – 2017 Season

Hale Center Theater in Orem 2017 Season

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER – By Rick Elice; Music by Wane Barker
February 18 – April 8, 2017
Who was Peter Pan before Neverland? This 5-time Tony award-winning show tells the magical story of how the “Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” came to be. Inspired by the 2004 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this creative show is sure to inspire both young and old to believe in magic.

TARZAN – Music and lyrics by Phil Collins
June 30 – August 5, 2017
Based on the Disney movie of the same name, TARZAn follows the story of a man raised by apes who discovers his human side when the English explorers come to the jungle. An epic family musical with a compelling score by rock legend Phil Collins.

PILLOW TALK – Adapted by Christopher Sergel
August 9 – September 23, 2017
The stage version of the 1959 film starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day, this charming love story of two mismatched opposites, one party phone line, and a case of mistaken identity is must see classic.

HELLO DOLLY! – Music and lyrics bu Jerry Herman
September 29 – November 18, 2017
Matchmaker Dolly Levi can find the perfect love for everyone. But can the matchmaker find herself a perfect match? One of the most beloved and enduring American musicals of all time.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – By Charles Dickens with music by Cody Hale
November 25- December 23, 2017
HCTO is pleased to invite you again to their traditional musical re-telling of Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Season tickets will go on sale to current subscribers July 15, 2016 and new subscribers August 1, 2016.