M.A. in Theatre Thesis Candidates Produce Staged Reading of a new play at the Leaf Institute

Ben Hamann and Nathan Pittack produced a staged reading of When the Bough Breaks at The Leaf Institute this past week. Playwright Nathan Pittack worked for hundreds of hours writing drafts, while Director Ben Hamann cast and directed the new play. Ben and Nathan are working together in their final year of the M.A. in Theatre program to create new plays and produce existing plays for local audiences.

Ben and Nathan patterned with The Leaf Institute, a new arts foundation exploration the intersections between art, vocation, and faith.

Mrs. Corretta Grass Plays Lead in Final Performance Hall Play of the Season


Actor Spotlight – Mrs. Corretta Grass

A Q/A with long-time faculty member and Voice Teacher, Mrs. Corretta Grass. 


Which character are you playing?

"I am playing the part of Carrie Watts, mother of Ludie Watts and mother-in-law to Jessie Mae Watts.  Her goal for 20 years has been to see her home place in Bountiful before she dies."


How is the character different or similar to you?

"The similarities in the character are that we are both older women. We both always seem to try to get things to work out with Plan B or Plan C when Plan A fails.  We both like to hold on to memories from the past!

The differences are that I would never run away, but would try very hard to find a way to get back “'Home.'”


What are some of your favorite parts of working on this production?

"My favorite parts of working on this production are many.  I love working with my former students.  Dr. Naler, the director, was my student.  So were Mr. Schwingle who plays Ludie, Kaitlyn Chisholm who plays Jessie Mae, Elizabeth Emhof who plays Thelma, Harry Miller who plays the Harrison station master and Clinton Holden who plays the Sherriff.  The assistant director, Ben Hamaan and several of the technical crew were all my students.  It is a joy to act in the same production with them!!!  I am thrilled with the opportunity to act (for the last time) with such wonderful people!!!"


Why should people come to see the show?

"Although it is a busy time of the year, I think people will identify with some of the characters in the play.  I think it will help them appreciate their heritage as they see Carrie Watts’ heritage unfold though her memories and her efforts to get home again."

Thinking about Grad. School . . . ?

Thinking about Grad. School in Theatre? The Deadline for applying to the BJU M.A. in Theatre is April 15. Contact David Schwingle or Erin Naler if you have any questions about the program or the application process. 

Below are links to the application instructions and the online grad. school application form.

Check out the PDF for more detailed info. on the program--or ask a current M.A. student or our alumni!


David Schwingle--

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—Program Info:

—Application Page--click on the Grad. application section:




H.S. Festival Participants Create and Stage New Plays in 24 Hours!

During the annual H.S. Festival, high school participants worked with faculty and Theatre Arts Majors and Graduate Stduents to stage new 10 minute plays in Performance Hall. 14 conteststants submitted plays during the contest; the faculty reviewed each play, announced 6 finalists, and chose 3 winning plays for production. The playwrights saw their writing come alive as festival participants performed for an over-capacity crowd in Performance Hall. Playwrights received awards at the end; the best acting ensemble also received acting awards. This marks the 3rd-Annual Playwriting and Acting-Ensemble category in High School Festival.