Meet the Dramaturgs

me 2014Jessa Cunningham is a senior from Charleston, South Carolina. She is majoring in Theatre Arts Studies with a minor in history. Jessa is the dramaturg on this year’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. She just finished working as the dramaturg for BYU’s production of Charlotte’s Web. Jessa plans to continue pursuing dramaturgical opportunities in the professional theatre and film industry once she graduates from BYU.

Facebook-20150114-104951Ting Chun Chang is a graduate student from Taiwan, receiving an MA in Theatre History, Theory & Criticism. BFA in playwriting from Taipei National University of Arts. Her play, “A Blossom Tree” was in Microburst Festival 2016. She is the dramaturg for Mary Poppins, which will be her first time dramaturging for musical theater. She is also into LDS church theater production. She produced theater in Taiwan for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, discussing the teachings of Jesus Christ.

imagejpeg_0Rick Curtiss. From Libby, MT. Masters student at BYU in theatre history and critical studies. Looking forward to working onTravesites in the fall and Happy Sadness in the spring.





19Haley Flanders
BYU Degrees: MA in Theatre History, Theory & Criticism. BA in Theatre Arts Studies and a minor in music. Dramaturg for the upcoming production of Argonautika. Most recent dramaturgy credit: The Taste of Sunrise (BYU 2016). Actor in Young Company’s Water Sings Blue (BYU 2015). Composer and music director for Princess Academy (BYU 2015). Region 8 winner and national fellow for the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in dramaturgy (The Fisherman and His Wife, BYU 2014). Other dramaturgy credits include Fiddler on the Roof (2014), The Last Train to Nibroc (2014), and mask club productions of Oscar (2014), and Seussical the Musical (2013). She is currently a lower elementary teacher at Walden School of Liberal Arts in Provo, pursuing her Montessori certification at Westminster College. She is also a professional development partner for the School of Education’s BYU Arts Partnership website, editing elementary theatre lesson plans.

20160801_142806Robert Fuller is a senior from Gilbert, Arizona, majoring in Theatre Arts Studies. He is excited to be dramaturg of this season’s Young Company production of Cyrano De Bergerac. His past credits include dramaturg for BYU’s Mask Club production of A Number, Assistant Stage Manager for Misalliance, and a cast member for Princess Academy.




sgrahamheadshotShelley Graham has a BA in theatre education and a MA in theatre history from Brigham Young University. She has worked as a Dramaturg and Education Director for a number of institutions, including Pioneer Theatre Company, American West Heritage Center, and Utah Lyric Opera. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Theatre and Media Arts department at BYU and is the resident dramaturg at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo.




DSC_2231Amanda Welch is a senior from Gilbert, Arizona. She is studying Theatre Arts with an emphasis in playwriting and a minor in world dance. She has served as a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois and has spent the last three years as a member of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble. She was a playwright for the first year of the Microburst Theatre Festival and had the privilege to accompany the production to KCACTF in 2014, where it received an award for its innovative structure.  She is excited to explore the behind the scenes world of theatre as a dramaturg for BYU’s production ofThe Crucible.