Department of Theatre, Dance, and Arts Administration

Department of Theatre, Dance, and Arts Administration (TDAA) classrooms encompass the studio, the stage, and the production laboratory to provide students ample opportunity to choreograph, design, create, and perform. Faculty, of national and international renown, pride themselves on creating deeply-personalized learning experiences dedicated to the development and future success of all our students. TDAA offers liberal arts Bachelor degrees (BA/BS) in theatre and dance, professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre with emphases in Design & Technology, Classical Acting, and Musical Theatre, and graduate degrees (MA/MFA) in Arts Administration. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).





On September 2, the 2020-2021 season of Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank (C3T), in its first year of collaboration between UC Davis and Southern Utah University, will be previewed in a special webinar hosted by stage, television and Broadway actor Sharon Lawrence, best known for her Emmy Award-nominated role in "NYPD Blues." Joining Lawrence are Catalyst's co-artistic directors Mindy Cooper, UC Davis professor of theatre and dance and a Broadway veteran, and Dr. Lisa Quoresimo, assistant professor of theatre and dance at Southern Utah University, who will discuss the season.

Also participating are Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon ("Jane Eyre") and Emmy Award-nominated composer and lyricist Curtis Moore ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), who will discuss their new musical "Juliet and Romeo," which will be presented by C3T in May 2021.

Andrew Nicholls, head writer for Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show will also appear, discussing his new play “Bee In A Jar”, with Director/Broadway performer Laura Hall.

Other participants include Sacramento playwright/actor Anthony D'Juan and Director Lyndsay Burch, who will discuss D’Juan’s new play, "This Is How It Happened”. C3T will produce the play with companion video “Hoodies On, Hands Up” in October, 2020.

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Catalyst is presented in conjunction with the UC Davis College of Letters and Science's Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Our Faculty & Students:

Zac Trotter was awarded the Cedar High School Teacher of the Year Award for 2019-2020. Zac graduated in May 2013 with a BS in Theatre Arts: Directing Emphasis

Prof. Nick Blaylock’s dance piece Slog Dreams was selected for the 2019 American College Dance Association’s West Gala Concert and performed by SUU dance majors. This makes five times in the past seven years that SUU has been selected for the Gala Concert by ACDA.

Prof. Russ Benton played the Pharaoh in USF’s 2019 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and William Jaggard and Sir Edward Dering in the Book of Will.

SUU Technical/Production Fellows for USF’s 2019 Season: Ada Lauren Taylor, Spencer Boren, McKenzie Wixom, Tanah Hislop, Jessica Hughes

SUU Acting Fellows for USF’s 2019 Season: Lena Conatser, Kenna Funk, Isabella Giordano, Maxwell Kunz, Quinn D. Osborne

Recent Alumni performing in USF’s 2019 Acting Company: Alex Allred, Reuben, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) and Marcellius/Priest in Hamlet; Ian Allred (currently a student), Issachar, Joseph and Featured Performer in The Greenshow; Samae Allred, Narrator in Joseph, Ben Cano, Benjamin in Joseph, Trent Dahlin Feste in Twelfth Night and Zebulon in Joseph, Luke Sidney Johnson, Simon in Joseph and Soldier/Pallbearer in Hamlet, Tatem Trotter, Leah in Joseph and Featured Performer in The Greenshow, Recent Alumni in USF Artistic Company: Briannia Howe, Director/Playwright, The Greenshow; Brandon Scott Grayson, Music Director

Isabella Able Suarez – Acting Intern for Milwaukee Rep’s production of West Side Story; Tony Carter- most recently at Oregon Cabaret and Paramount Theatre now at Indiana Actors Theatre; Ruben Pina- Lighting Intern Seattle Children's Theatre; Teeq Hill- scenic artist Alliance Theatre, and freelance actor;Amanda Dayton - received an MFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida; Natalia Castilia- promoted to the head position of Makeup at Cirque Beatle Love; Noel Perry- hired the Parowan High School Theatre Educator; Matthew Ainsworth – hired as the drama/history teacher at Lava Ridge Intermediate School; Emily Smith- moved from freelancing as scenic artist and working at Lookingglass Theatre Company and other theatres in Chicago to Ravenswood Studio; Halie (Merrill) Robinson- just finished the production of My Name is Rachel Corrie with Jacaranda Collective.