SORENSEN, RODGER

    Name: Rodger Sorensen

    Title: Professor

    Email: rodger_sorensen@byu.edu

    Division:Theatre Arts Studies

    Office: F-362 HFAC

    Phone: (801) 422-8132

    Education
    BA, BYU, 1972
    MA, BYU, 1974
    PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, 1999

    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.

    Among his many directing projects, Professor Sorensen’s favorite include Peter and the Starcatcher at the Hale Center Theatre, A Wrinkle in Time and The Importance of Being Earnest at BYU, Fiddler on the Roof at the University of Alaska Anchorage – Mat-Su campus, 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 Theatre, and  Taking Steps at Interplayers Professional Theatre in Spokane, WA.

    Courses Taught
    TMA 101 Introduction to Theatre
    TMA 115 Introduction to Performance Studies
    TMA 236 Script Analysis and Fundamentals of Directing
    TMA 302 Studies in British Theatre Performance Readers Theatre
    TMA 330R Assistant Directing
    TMA 331 Readers Theatre
    TMA 336 Directing Principles and Practices
    TMA 436 Theatre Directing Practicum (Mask Club)
    TMA 536R Directing Workshop
    TMA 316/616 Pedagogy for Teaching Assistants

    Curriculum Vitae Rodger Sorensen