Fulton funds have made possible a number of projects and experiences that have broadened and deepened the education and experience of students and faculty in the Theatre & Media Arts Department. Learn more about recent projects below that benefited from the use of dedicated funds.

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Haleh Risdana

Haleh Risdana was able to attend Comic-Con International, an annual convention showcasing comic books, to elements of pop culture, to film/television.  Haleh gave a presentation on 18th Century Makeup applications.  She had about twenty people in her panel along with the Comic-Con costume coordinator.  Haleh and her presenting partner presented historical material in their lecture, while performing a hands-on approach on a model.  Attendees included students and aspiring college students.  The panel was a success and they were invited back to Comic-Con next year.

Neidy Ayala & Sarah Cambell

PAMLA Conference Presentation: Neidy and Sarah presented a paper entitled “Fatality of Femininity: Rita Hayworth” at the PAMLA conference in Honolulu, HI.  This conference advocates the diffusion of information about ancient and modern language and culture.  Our students were the only undergraduates to attend this prestigious conference.  The grant helped cover registration and travel costs.

Shelby Luke

Shelby travelled to France, Switzerland, and Germany for two weeks to conduct interviews with local members of the LDS faith about Mormon modesty and the modern wedding dress.  Fulton funds were used to supplement travel costs.

Camee Faulk

Camee attended the Cornerstone Theater Company’s Summer Institute Program.  This was a four-week internship that took place in Pacoima, CA, a small diverse town just outside of Los Angeles.  Camee worked on a community-specific production and received instruction in the classroom and on the set.  This experience greatly enhanced her abilities as a future theatre educator.

Kody Threlfall

Kody Threlfall directed a short documentary for the Peery Foundation about the company Global Citizen Year and their efforts to promote social entrepreneurship throughout the world.


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For Robbing the Dead

For Robbing the Dead is a full–length feature film in which all of the film crew consisted of BYU Film Students.  The film was acquired with the RED camera.  The film was screened on campus at the new BYU Broadcasting Building.  The film has been picked up for distribution under a new title.


The Book of Jer3miah is a groundbreaking web series and Alternate Reality Game created by 2 professors and 30 college students at Brigham Young University, with a budget of only $6,000.  Dubbed “a spiritual thriller” by its creators, it is the first university-sponsored web series, as well as the first Latter-day Saint themed web series.  Merging short films, video blogs, social media and an interactive mystery, The Book of Jer3miah provides viewers a fully immersive transmedia experience.  All of this revolves around Mormon college student Jeremiah Whitney, who reluctantly accepts a charge to protect a mysterious Meso-American box, making him the target of a terrifying conspiracy.


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Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. The Fulton funds were directly responsible for taking around forty students to the festival in Los Angeles, California in 2010.

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Home Movies

This documentary film and multimedia project considers the intensity, trouble and tenderness of the home movie. The filmmakers—professors and students—examine home life and ways that films can be made effectively in the home space.


Historic Clothing

Dr. Mary H. Farahnakian, Professor in the Theatre and Media Arts Department, is the curator of the BYU/TMA Historic Clothing Collection. The collection consists of clothing artifacts and printed materials (magazines, historic pictures, visual documents, and historic pattern books from as early as 1900), housed in a BYU facility at 2230 N Canyon Road. Over 3000 clothing artifacts are wrapped in acid-free tissue, preserved in boxes on shelves under five main categories: Women, Men, Children, Intimate Clothing, and Accessories. Clothing artifacts date from as early as 1812 up through the 1990s. The collection is a clothing research center for both students, academians, and the larger community of learners. Visual images of the artifacts, accompanied by writted descriptions, have been electronically archived and are available online for research through the Harold B. Lee Library Scholars’ Archive. In 2010 alone, over 2833 visited the online Historic Clothing site, the first year records for site visits were kept. Rebekah Dunn, who oversees the Scholars’ Archive says, “Ever since we started keeping track, the Historical Clothing Collection has always been the most visited collection in Scholars Arhive!”

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