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The Department of Theatre and Media Arts
We promote literacy, spirituality, and creativity in the arts of theatre and media by emphasizing such central elements as:
- The truths of human experience;
- Generosity of soul;
- A service orientation, and focus on others;
- Commitment to developing infinite potential; and
In promoting literacy, spirituality, and creativity in theatre and media arts, we balance the skills and demands of:
- Thinking -- both creative and critical;
- Collaborative mentored processes; and
Department History and Evolution of Department Programs
The disciplines of Theatre and Media Arts have a rich history at Brigham Young University. Theatre has been taught here since 1901, with Miriam Nelke teaching literary interpretation, Shakespeare, and oral expression. BYU was one of the first universities to create a formal department for the production of motion pictures, which was founded in 1953. In 1974, the Theatre and Media Arts departments were merged into one, forming a union which has fostered a healthy collaboration between these two artistic disciplines. Today, the department services more than 450 students and has 21 full-time and 54 part-time faculty members. TMA Success
Theatre students from our department have performed in Broadway casts of Mama Mia!, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street. Additionally, students have been with the Broadway national tours of Cats, Fosse, Footloose, Titanic, Sunset Boulevard, and Annie Get Your Gun. Graduates have also worked with the Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the Sacramento Ballet.
Film students from our department have created several successful independent films, such as, Napoleon Dynamite, God's Army, Pride and Prejudice, Saints and Soldiers, The Singles Ward, Out of Step, Brigham City, and Charly. Our students have competed in prestigious film competitions such as the Sundance Film Festival and Slamdance. They've also been on the crews for national television programs, such as, Touched by an Angel and Everwood. This year a student film is receiving a Student Emmy award.
TMA graduates have gone on to pursue degrees at the Boston Conservatory, the Old Globe in San Diego, the University of California, San Diego; the University of Texas at Austin, New York University, the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Iowa; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Nottingham, and many others.
In short, the Department of Theatre and Media Arts provides its students with an enriching environment in which they can pursue their creative, scholarly, and spiritual interests.
T. Earl Pardoe (1920-1952)
Harold I. Hansen (1952-1966)
Lael Woodbury (1966- 1970)
Parley Newman (1970-1974)
Charles Metten (1974-1979)
Harold Oaks (1980-1993)
Eric Fielding (1993-1998)
Robert Nelson (1998-2004)
Rodger D. Sorensen (2004- Present)
Alumni and Students
- The Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Department Website.
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