Name: Rodger Sorensen
Division: Theatre Arts Studies
Office: F-362 HFAC
Phone: (801) 422-8132
Profile: Rodger Sorensen came to Brigham Young University in 1996. Before becoming a professor at BYU, he taught at College of Eastern Utah 1974-1979 (where he also served as the Assistant Dean of Students) and Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) 1979-96 where he served as Department Chair for ten years. He completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999. His dissertation is entitled “Alchemy, Nature, and Time in ‘Pericles’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’.”
Professor Sorensen has directed over a hundred theatre productions, including premieres of original scripts, his own original adaptations, devised pieces, a range of interdisciplinary projects, many operas, musicals, dramas, and comedies. He worked on the Hill Cumorah Pageant near Palmyra, New York from 1978 to 2004, serving as Artistic Director from 1997. Professor Sorensen specializes in teaching directing theory and practice for the stage. His research interests include directing, new play development, Shakespeare, alchemy and chaos theory. He serves as the Focus Group Representative: Playwrights and Creative Teams for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.
His favorite directing projects include “Long Walk Home” (an opera about the 1849 handcart companies), “Secret Garden” at Provo Theatre Company, “Singin’ in the Rain” at Tuacahn, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” at the Scera, “Taking Steps” at Interplayers Professional Theatre in Spokane, WA, and “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “MicroBurst Theatre Festival 2016” at BYU.
BA, BYU, 1972; MA, BYU, 1974; PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, 1999.
- TMA 101 Introduction to Theatre
- TMA 115 Introduction to Performance Studies
- TMA 330R Assistant Directing
- TMA 336 Directing Principles and Practices
- TMA 436 Theatre Directing Practicum (Mask Club)
- TMA 536R Directing Workshop
- TMA 316/616 Pedagogy for Teaching Assistants