The TMA Department has several initiatives that are tied to academic classes and are aimed at the improvement of Theatre and Media Arts education in the BYU program, in public schools, and in the family.
Divine Comedy is BYU’s premier sketch comedy troupe, sponsored by the TMA Department. Since 1994, the troupe has been writing, directing, and performing family friendly sketch comedy each semester for BYU’s student body. George Nelson is Divine Comedy’s advisor.
The Theatre and Media Arts Department sponsors two London study abroad programs for students. London has a rich history of performing arts and wide ranging opportunities in film and theatre. Study abroad programs like these offer students a breadth of experience that will enrich their lives and learning.
The Young Company serves as a training ground for both BYU actors and teaching artists wanting to work in theatre for young audiences. The group performs in front of 16,000 young people each year on topics that deal with everyday struggles encountered by people of all ages.
BYU New York Showcase
Each year, graduating seniors in the Music Dance Theatre and BFA Acting program audition for the BFA Senior Showcase. Those selected to participate in the Senior Showcase travel to New York City and audition for casting directors, agents, producers and other industry professionals. The BFA Senior Showcase is designed as a capstone experience for those planning on a career in professional theatre. It provides a valuable link between the academic and professional world.
Hands on a Camera
Hands on a Camera (HOC) is an on-going service-learning project developed by faculty and students from the Brigham Young University (BYU) Theatre and Media Arts Department.
The media literacy education project seeks to instill the basic principles of media literacy in local primary and secondary students by providing them with critical engagement and hands on experiences with a variety of digital media.
The Hands on a Camera project was founded in 2005 by Amy Petersen Jensen and is now directed by Benjamin Thevenin, an assistant professor at BYU. This project is supported through grants from the BYU Theatre and Media Arts Fulton Endowment. The program has also been supported by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts and BYU Mentored Learning Grant (MEG) monies.