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David Morgan, 2008
David Morgan is the current head of the BFA Acting program at BYU.

He received his undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies from Brigham Young University. He later graduated from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and did his internship with the Denver Center Theatre Co.

Professor Morgan has completed nine seasons as Artistic Director/Manager of Gold Rush Productions. He has worked with the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, Commonwealth Theatre Co. in Minnesota, Tuacahn Theatre, Provo Theatre Company, Actors Repertory Theatre Ensemble, and the Hale Center Theatre. He has directed at the College of Eastern Utah and Utah Valley State College as well as taught with the Oswego Theatre Institute in New York.

In 1998, David was selected from nearly 1,000 professors nominated by graduating seniors to receive the Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has taught all levels of acting courses, speech and diction, vocal production, and improvisational acting. He is also an expert in dance, yoga, and stage combat.

Morgan has directed many productions in Utah, Colorado, and Alaska, such as Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Of Mice and Men, Into the Woods, A Man for all Seasons, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and he has been seen on stages in Utah, Minnesota, California, Colorado, and at Sundance, the National Theatre Conservatory, and Walt Disney. He has also performed in the Kid's Stuff Theatre Troupe and Tele-productions.

As a student of Tad Z. Danielevski and other outstanding trainers, he has shared his expertise by conducting workshops and presentations in the State University of New York, Pottsdam College, and the American Association for the Educators' National Conference in Boston. He was honored as a Direct Regional Semi-Finalist in the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival.

In 2012 Morgan directed BYU's The Elephant Man, which was then staged at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington D.C. At the festival three of Morgan's actors, Jennifer Chandler, Darick Pead, and Graham Ward, received Distinguished Performance honors. In 2014, he directed BYU's production of A Man for All Seasons. The following year, he directed the Orem Hale Center Theatre's production of Les Miserables.

In 2017, Morgan directed BYU's stage performance of The Crucible and was featured in the daily herald's ticket.

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