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Linda Britt — Author

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

LINDA BRITT is a Maine playwright who has had plays produced on both coasts. Recent works include “What If…”, “I Smile, Of Course, and Go On Drinking Tea,” and “Chosen: Adoption Stories,” along with her ten-minute play “If Only in My Dreams”. Her current project is a series of monologs focusing on immigration.   PLAYS AUTHORED: Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington I Smile, Of Course, And Go On Drinking Tea What If… Chosen: Adoption Stories Attic Memories Billionaire Vegans (MUSICAL) Let Me Count The Ways (MUSICAL) Skeleton In The School (YOUTH MUSICAL) Book, Sledgehammer, Fencepost (SHORT) Thanksgiving (SHORT) The Girl In The Mirror (SHORT) If Only In My Dreams (10 min) Who Then Will Speak For The Common Good? (10...

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Harley Marshall — author

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Authors

Harley Marshall has a long list of theater credits, stretching from the Midwest to Off-Broadway and Maine. He was nominated for Best Actor by the Kansas City theater critics, and was co-founder of a critically acclaimed avant-garde theater there. He created the Asner Showcase and directed its namesake, Ed Asner, in the first production; spearheaded the renovation of an abandoned stable in Kansas City into a performance center; and wrote and performed three one-man shows. In the past year, Marshall has written two comedies and a drama: Murray and Juliet or All’s Swell That Ends Swell, and Sammy’s The Greatest College Bar in the History of Mankind. His latest script, Billy Goes to War premiered in August of 2017. Marshall is a member of The Daytime Players, a troupe of senior actors, directors and playwrights.   Plays Authored Billy...

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Deen Ferrell — Author

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 in Authors

It all started when… Deen Ferrell  began writing in Junior High, where he wrote his first “novel,” which consisted of 59 hand-written pages about a time-traveling antagonist who has psychic abilities. He continued to churn out songs, poems, and story treatments through High School. At Brigham Young University, where he studied film, he won several awards for his plays, and had one THE ARCHER WHO WENT I KNOW NOT WHERE TO FETCH I KNOW NOT WHAT toured across the western states to over 30 performances. His other play CINNAMON STICK was also produced.  His senior film project, “More Bull than Dozer,” which he wrote and art-directed, was selected as the Western Region Finalist by the Academy of Motion Picture and Television Sciences, and competed in Los Angeles for a Student Academy Awards. “Cryptic Spaces” is his first published series,...

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Jennifer Reck — Author

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Photo soon Jennifer Reck has had plays produced for the Maine Playwrights Festival, PortFringe, and the Crowbait Club.  The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister, her first full-length production, was commissioned  and produced by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in collaboration with A Company of Girls, and premiered in April 2017. PLAYS AUTHORED The Little Mermaid’s Little...

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Alexandra Grace Gaver — Author

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Alexandra Grace Gaver studied theater at the University of Virginia and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with a focus in Shakespeare. She is a co-founder and current board member of The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads and is currently attending the William & Mary Law School.       PLAYS AUTHORED: Freedom Song — A Story of Hope (a CTHR Playscripts title) Cinderella’s Miss-Adventures (a CTHR Playscripts title) The Not-So-Scary Nightmare Adventure (a CTHR Playscripts title) Visit The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads at...

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Jenifer Nii — Author

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Jenifer Nii has had five plays produced at Plan-B Theatre Company. They include THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE, which garnered back-to-back nominations for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York, and RUFF! a play for young audiences. THE WEIRD PLAY will premier at Plan-B in 2018. PLAYS PUBLISHED: RUFF! The Scarlet Letter...

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E. Gray Simons III — AUTHOR

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in Authors

Playwright E. Gray Simons III has worked for fourteen years as an Artist-in-Residence at BTF. In 2000, he became Artistic Director of BTF PLAYS! and has since written and directed more than a dozen original plays, among them Aesop’s Network, Nursery Rhyme Café, Mystery Sideshow 2: Strange Waves, and Mystery Sideshow 3: Way Out West. Simons made his BTF directorial debut in 2000 with The Wind in the Willows and in 2001 he became director of the Summer Performance Stories, The Odyssey, The Magic Flute, Arabian Nights, and Monkey. Other directorial credits include The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver! and Peter Pan(2009) on BTF’s Main Stage, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? and Holiday Memories in the Unicorn Theatre, Robin Hood at the Berkshire Museum, The Who’s Tommy at Brandeis University with co-director Eric Hill, and Big Love...

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Joe Rosenberg

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Authors

JOSEPH ROSENBERG — Playwright, Director and Theater Scholar, Joe was the founder and Artistic Director of El Teatro Bilingue (The Bilingual Theatre Company). He established bilingual theatre programs in various school districts and founded international theatre exchanges. In 1983 the State Department sent him to South America to lecture on minority culture theatre in the United States. He also edited an anthology of Hispanic Children’s Plays entitled ¡APLAUSO! for ARTÉ PÚBLICO PRESS.   Plays El Bully El Gato Sin Amigos La Rana...

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Jim Christian

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 in Authors

Jim Christian is a Playwright, Lyricist, Director, Choreographer, Actor/Singer/Dancer, and a teacher of thousands of successful students. He is the recently retired Director of Musical Theatre Studies at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He has produced/directed/choreographed over 50 shows for that department. Plus he founded Chameleons, Utah’s original Murder Mystery group and wrote 18 productions for them to tour with. He has also written the scripts and lyrics for the musicals “Pirated!” (A whacky version of The Pirates of Penzance, set in the era of the emergence of sound pictures, debuted at the ACTF), “Sleepy Hollow” (Winner of the Kennedy Center’s ACTF Musical Theatre Playwrighting Award, with music by Tom Edward Clark), “The Plain Princess“, and two short Christmas shows, “Five Carols for Christmas“, and “JingleJacks“. When his students reminisce, what they recall are Christian’s high expectations and...

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Martin R. Collin

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Authors

Martin R. Collin is the English Department Chairman and Drama Director at Saint James School, in Hagerstown, Maryland. He has taught at Saint James for over 20 years (and before that at The Kildonan School, in Amenia, New York and before that at the University of Maryland-College Park) and has directed over 100 plays. PLAYS AUTHORED: Reindeer Games-A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde! Other published work: I Love You When It’s Raining, Roy G. Biv (Lazy Bee Scripts) The Man in Seat 24 or The Uninvited Guest (Brooklyn Publishers) You Don’t Have to Feed a Cello (Heuer Publishing) The Mistake (Heuer Publishing) Delia Dancer, Doughnut Girl (Heuer...

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Jes Marbacher

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Jes Marbacher is a writing and communications professional and freelance theater artist working in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She first came to NHTP through an artists in residence program more than 15 years ago. Jes performed with New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Youth Repertory Company for many years and served as a technical intern before earning a degree in English from Colgate University in 2013. Following graduation, Jes returned to the seacoast and to NHTP. In addition to her work with New Hampshire Theatre Project, Jes now works in market research and moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Her original script about the women’s suffragist movement, Well-Behaved Women, written for NHTP’s Junior Repertory Company, premiered in April 2016 and is now published by Leicester Bay Theatricals. PLAYS Authored Well-Behaved...

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Sheila Rinear — playwright

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Authors

Sheila Rinear is a San Antonio-based, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and teacher. Her work has been commissioned, developed and produced throughout the United States but especially in Texas where The Playhouse San Antonio, The Classic Theatre, and The Overtime Theatre are her artistic homes. Commissioned six times in the past 8 years by the City of San Antonio to produce performance pieces for Luminaria, Rinear also teaches Playwriting and Screenwriting at NESA (San Antonio Arts Magnet High School) and serves The Dramatists Guild as Regional Rep for Austin-San Antonio. ALSO VISIT HER WEBSITE: HERE Plays listed with Leicester Bay: A Day Without Palestine — A one-act Counter Intelligence — a one-act The Ransom Note (or Sweet Lily’s Peril) — a melodrama with songs Lifelines — a full-length Other plays: (some of these titles will be coming on board at Leicester...

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Carol Lynn Pearson (AUTHOR)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Carol Lynn Pearson is a well-known writer in a variety of genres. The unlikely area of poetry provided her first major success. Well over 250,000 copies of her poetry books have been sold and poems have appeared in literature books as well as Ann Lander’s column.  A book that brought major recognition in a different way is “Goodbye, I Love You”, the story of her life with her husband, a homosexual man struggling with the conflicts this brought to his life and marriage. After twelve years and four children, the couple ended their marriage and vowed to remain good friends. Six years later, in Carol Lynn’s home, where she was taking care of him, Gerald died of AIDS. Believing their story could help many others, Ms. Pearson decided to tell it. The book made her a popular guest on...

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Taylor Williams (Composer)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Authors

Taylor Ross Williams Taylor is a Utah based musician who currently works as the resident music director at Brigham’s Playhouse in Washington, Utah. He has been doing performances as a musician since he was twelve years old, including shows at the state fair in 2002 and 2003. He has two beautiful children, a girl and a boy, and a loving and supportive wife that sings his songs with him whenever he writes. MUSICALS: Joseph Smith: Praise to the Man (Zion...

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Jamie Young (Author)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Authors

Jamie Young (a.k.a. James Brigham Young) is the Executive Producer of Brigham’s Playhouse and one of its owners.  He recently left a 19 year career as a professor of Musical Theatre to pursue his dream of running a professional theatre company.  He served as the head of the theatre program at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs for twelve years, where he was responsible for producing, directing, and/or choreographing six to nine productions annually.  He also served as the Artistic & Managing Director of the college’s professional summer stock theatre company and summer theatre camp for youth. Before moving to Wyoming, Young worked in North Carolina.  While serving for four years as the creator and director of a Musical Theatre program at College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, Jamie also managed a large performing arts training studio with...

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Michael Megliola — Author

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 in Authors

Michael Megliola has spent many years contributing to progressive theater for young actors. All three of his sons appeared on stage with New Hampshire Theatre Project in Portsmouth, NH. The youngest, Leo, inspired him to write for that stage. Michael’s goal is to stress technique, support an ensemble cast, and make material accessible to young actors without diluting its message.   Plays In Publication: Galileo’s Pendulum The Sheriff of...

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Genevieve Aichele — Author

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Genevieve Aichele is Artistic Director of New Hampshire Theatre Project in Portsmouth, and has performed, directed and taught theatre arts both nationally and internationally for over 35 years, including 20 years of directing the NHTP Youth Repertory Company. Genevieve has written dozens of story theatre scripts for use both onstage and in the classroom. Her adult scripts include Neighborhoods (2001 Portsmouth Spotlight Community Arts Award); original adaptations of Lysistrata and Finding the Prince; and Dreaming Again, commissioned in 2011 by the NH Humanities Council. As a storyteller, Genevieve performs with musician Randy Armstrong in World Tales. Their two CD’s have won numerous national and international awards. Her first audiobook recording, Forest Secrets by Tracy Kane, was released in 2012. Ocean Secrets, her first novel for young readers co-written with Tracy Kane, was released in May 2014. Genevieve received the...

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J. D. Newman — Author

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Authors

Dr. John Dilworth Newman is a professor of theatre at Utah Valley University and the director of the Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth.  He lives with his family in Sandy City, Utah. Dr. Newman became the first recipient of the Reba R. Robertson Award from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.  At UVU, Dr. Newman has directed The Secret Garden, Princess Academy, and Androcles and the Lion in the Noorda Theatre.  He has also served as the director of the Noorda Theatre Summer Camp and has produced or co-produced touring productions including A Village Fable, The Princess and the Goblin, Honk!, and Pedro’s Magic Shoes.  As a playwright, he has adapted scripts for Newbery medalists including Avi, Paul Fleischman, and Richard Peck.  Newman taught and directed at Highland High School for eighteen years, from 1991 to 2010 with...

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Tim Slover

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Authors

Tim Slover, Assistant Professor, directs the playwriting and London Study Abroad programs for the University of Utah Department of Theatre, where he also teaches dramatic literature and script analysis. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and in professional regional and university theatres all over the US and in Canada. Tim’s writing awards include the Grand Prize in the 65th Annual Writers Digest Writers Awards; the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for Playwriting Excellence; a Cine Golden Eagle; a Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal; a Hopwood Award for Best Play; an American Screenwriters Association Award, three Association for Mormon Letters playwriting awards (plus an honorable mention), and he was also a finalist for a Television Arts and Sciences Community Service Emmy. His plays are published by the Samuel French Co., Encore Performance Publishing, Leicester Bay Theatricals and Zion Theatricals. More...

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Susan Mondzak

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

SUSAN MONDZAK’s works have been endorsed by numerous arts organizations, including the NYS Council on the Arts and the ASCAP Young Composer’s Competition. Susan has composed music for six original musicals and the film “The Adventures Of Mr. Enzyme.” Currently she produces “Teen Talk” on NYC radio.   PLAYS AUTHORED: COLUMBUS! A Musical Adventure (with Joe Cosentino) The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (with Joe Cosentino) (Eldridge Plays and...

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Joe Cosentino

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Authors

Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He is the author of the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll and the upcoming Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries:  Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and the upcoming Drama Cruise and Drama Luau (Lethe Press); the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (TBR Pile Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, and the upcoming Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out (NineStar Press); and the novellas: An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press). His plays Infatuation and Neighbor were performed Off-Off Broadway, and Reach for the Sky regionally. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film, and The...

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Donald Lewis

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Authors

Donald Lewis is an award-winning playwright as well as a screenwriter. Stage productions include Full Court Press, Good Girl, Third World and Alexander and the United Snakes of America. His screenplay Alcatraz Tour has been produced and eight other scripts have earned screen options. The Chicago native is a Resident Playwright Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the DGA.     Plays Authored Alexander and the United Snakes of America (TYA) Full Court Press Quiet Light High and Inside FireWater Third World Melissa Tunes In (TYA) Good Girl Junkman...

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Lori Jacobs

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Lori Jacobs was born in Detroit with a passion for all things creative and the fervor to perform them. She began writing plays and songs as a child. Always involved in music, theater, and the arts, Lori began singing professionally while teaching elementary school. Following the 1972 Capitol Records’ release of Free, her first album of original songs, Lori toured the country as a wandering troubadour at colleges and coffee houses and sang in local venues in the Detroit area for twenty years, where she was also involved in community theater. In 1998, Lori moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she became active in community theater as an actor, playwright, and theater administrator. In 2008, Lori received a Grand Award nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Golda Meier in Golda’s Balcony.. Her original children’s musical, Little Red...

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Phillip Flammer

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 in Authors

Philip Meynard Flammer had a long career in the Air Force as a pilot and, later, historian, most notably working in Saigon in1968-69 documenting the Vietnam War. The author of several books and articles on military history, he eventually joined the Brigham Young University history faculty and taught there for a number of years before his retirement and death. He influenced an entire generation of LDS thinkers and practitioners in the field of national security, especially through his writings on military ethics. Unfortunately, this legacy has largely been lost to our faith community. The adaptor first made Professor Flammer’s acquaintance when they were both graduate students at Yale University.  At BYU Phil also worked with Rogers as an assistant director of its Honors Program (1975—1976).  Flammer told Rogers that his novel-length manuscript recounts a single night’s dream about the...

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Mark Ogden

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Authors

Mark Ogden, composer, lyricist and book writer, and also founder of St. George Musical Theater, often said writing and producing a play was like having a baby. Once he conceived of an idea, it would grow and grow until he had to put it on paper and write music to accompany the dialogue. Finally, when the baby emerged on stage, it was a joy to behold as the newest member of his family. St. George Musical Theater was another of his babies. Conceived in the mid 1980’s, this tiny nursery of players rehearsed, presented, reviewed, and revised Mark’s dramatic work. In 1988, Mark’s directing abilities won him the privilege of directing It’s My Life by Carol Lynn Pearson. Sponsored by Southwest Mental Health, he and the show traveled to many Southern Utah schools and kept the dream of St. George...

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Jerry Argetsinger

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Authors

Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University), is an Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He joined NTID in 1975, where he has taught a variety of courses and chaired two departments. Argetsinger has had a distinguished career in theater and film as a scholar, playwright, director and producer. He has authored a major study on the Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg including eight comedies by this Father of Scandinavian theatre, as well as numerous articles and essays on the literary and dramatic arts. He has published a dozen scripts and directed and produced a number of major theatrical productions, He is a nationally recognized director of outdoor drama, including the Hill Cumorah Pageant (for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

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Ralph G. Rodgers, Jr.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Authors

Ralph G. Rodgers Jr., has long been associated with theater along the Wasatch Front – from teaching drama at Granite High School to operating the Pages Lane Theatre in Centerville – thousands of patrons knew Rodgers from his performances as Scrooge in a variety of “A Christmas Carol” musical adaptations, Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner of Titipu in “The Mikado.” Born August 16, 1936, in Salt Lake City, the son of Isabelle Stagg Rodgers and Ralph Gilbert Rodgers, Sr. He married Joan Williams on June 17, 1960 in the Salt Lake Temple. Rodgers served a mission for the LDS Church in Samona in 1956-59 and later spent much time in the islands as a regional representative for the church and, during the early 1970s, as president of the Samoan Mission for three...

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Pat Davis

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Pat Davis has been in show business in some form or another since she was 16 years old. A mainstay for many decades in Utah with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Promised Valley Playhouse, as director of the Triad Theatre, with the theatre department of Salt Lake Community College, and founder and Executive Director of The Grand Theatre, also a long-time member of the Church Activities Committee, Pat has excelled in all artistic and management endeavors. She is an actress, a director, producer, playwright and encourager of youth. For many seasons she directed and produced the 12 yearly productions at The Heritage School in Provo, Utah, where she was recently honored by having the 700-seat, multi-million dollar theatre, the “Pat Davis Theatre,” named after her. Pat, now a member of the Heritage School Governing...

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Doug Stewart

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 in Authors

Doug Stewart lives in St. George, Utah.  One of the most influential writers in the history of Latter-day drama, Stewart was the playwright and lyricist of the groundbreaking Latter-day Saint-themed musical Saturday’s Warrior (1974), a project staged by California college students independent of institutional Church sponsorship. He followed this up with a sequel, the musical Star Child. “Saturday’s Warrior” was adapted to a direct-to-video feature film in 1989 by director Bob Williams and producer David West, and has been widely seen by Church members. A “Star Child” video was released in 1999. Stewart also wrote the screenplay for the major Church-produced film “The Lost Manuscript” (1974), which was directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker. He wrote the screenplay for the independent family film “Where the Red Fern Grows” (1974), produced by Lyman Dayton. Doug brings with him a distinguished career...

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Matthew Ivan Bennett

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Authors

MATTHEW IVAN BENNETT …is a resident of Plan-B Theatre, listed by American Theater magazine as one of 14 companies nationwide exemplifying social action and civic engagement. At Plan-B, he’s premiered several plays, including “A/Version of Events,” “Eric(a)”—which won Best Drama at United Solo (New York)—and “Mesa Verde,” nominated for an ATCA Steinberg. In 2014, he received the Holland New Voices Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, in 2015 was a Finalist at the Austin Film Festival, and in 2016 was an O’Neill finalist. He’s worked with Chicago’s Circle Theatre, Rising Sun in New York, Monkeyman in Toronto, and Source in DC. Matt is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. Plays Represented: Different =...

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Rick Rea

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Authors

Rick was born in Gilroy California, and raised in American Fork, Utah from the age of 6. From age 4 he studied piano, and began writing songs shortly thereafter. In his junior high and high school years, he stepped away from the piano to play the acoustic and electric basses in both classical and jazz ensembles, including the Crescent Super Band. Also at this time, he started acting on stage in musicals in plays and developed a passion for musical theatre. He finally came back to the piano in high school as an accompanist for his musical theatre classes, and found that his new-found passion for theater fused with his musical abilities. In 2005, he began his schooling at Western Wyoming college as a musical theater major, both acting and music directing productions. In Fall 2006, the production of...

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Jack Weyland

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 in Authors

Jack Arnold Weyland (born 1940) is a professor of physics at BYU–Idaho,  and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a prolific and well-known author of fiction for LDS audiences, including many novels and short stories, mostly placed in contemporary settings. In fact, the modern genre of Latter-day Saint-themed popular fiction is one he is largely responsible for creating with his overwhelmingly popular novel, Charly, which was made into a feature film in 2002. Weyland was born in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Billings Senior High School and then attended Montana State University where he majored in Physics. Upon graduating he served a mission for the LDS Church in New York and Pennsylvania. After completing his mission he went to BYU and received his Ph.D. in Physics. While attending BYU, Weyland decided to...

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Elizabeth Hansen

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Ms. Hansen is a Writers Guild Award winner and an EMMY-nominated screenwriter and consultant who has had a varied writing, directing, and acting career, that has taken her from the bright lights of Broadway working with the likes of Tommy Tune and Harold Prince, to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times where she had her own “Byline,” to the classrooms of Brigham Young University where she taught screenwriting and playwriting from 1994-2000 as well as helped focus their Screenwriting Program. After graduating with honors from the University of Utah, Ms. Hansen journeyed to Los Angeles to study musical theatre performance at the highly regarded Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Musical Theatre Workshop as well as acting technique with Charles Nelson-Reilly. From Los Angeles she moved to New York where she studied with the famed acting teacher Uta Hagen....

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K. Newell Dayley

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Authors

Newell K. Dayley His parents bought a piano when he was four-years-old. Mother was determined. But Newell wasn’t, even though he kept up piano lessons through the 6th Grade. Guitar? No. Violin? No. He had a wonderful band teacher in 7th Grade who got Newell started on the cornet, and he never stopped. After receiving a B.S in Music Education from BYU, a Masters in Music from USC, he received his Doctorate of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at BYU, where he also served as an Assistant Professor and a Professor and Chairman of the Music Department and Dean & Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. He also found time along the way to direct the Entertainment Division for 5 years. He is currently the Dean of...

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Margaret Smoot

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Margaret Smoot is an Emmy award-winning writer/producer currently president of Smoot Productions, Inc. a media/communications company in Salt Lake City. She has written and produced television programs, screenplays, CD’s, videos and seminar training material for clients ranging from the LDS Church, Video West, Hallmark Cards, the First Amendment Congress, Metropolis Integrated Media and other local and national corporations. She produced the first two nationally syndicated television programs with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the 1980’s: “A Christmas Sampler” with Hal Linden and “An American Tribute” with John Schneider. During the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter games, Margaret was the Asst. General Manager for the Utah Media Center, an information/production resource to the worldwide media. The Utah Media Center included world-class production facilities, satellite uplink capability, sponsor booths and a news briefing stage. In that position, she also coordinated all...

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