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Welcome to 4th Wall Dramaturgy

A dramaturgy website for audience engagement with
BYU Theatre productions.

Behind the Scenes of Adapting Swan Lake

By Belle Frahm June 15, 2023 08:24 PM
With a show as universal as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Ballet, one would think that there wouldn’t be many unknowns to staging a production. However, director Ashley Parov had a vision to make this classic ballet more accessible to ballerinas of all ages. Instead of producing a typical 3-hour-long ballet, Ashley imagined an hour-long family-friendly piece. How then, do you fill in the gaps of the story? Read Full Story

Godspell Graffiti

By Andrew Elijah Schindler March 13, 2023 08:25 PM
I used to vandalize property now I evangelize properly.- Gospel Graffiti Read Full Story

Designing the Realism of 12 Angry Jurors

By Olivia Little March 03, 2023 09:54 PM
Before a show opens its doors to audiences, before there are costumes and props, before sets are built and actors are cast, it starts simply as an idea. This idea is known as the ‘director’s concept,’ which a director presents to the designers at the show’s first production meeting. After that, it is the designers’ job to transform that concept from an abstract idea to a physical manifestation that can be seen onstage. Read Full Story

Actor Help: Dramaturgy Website for 12 Angry Jurors

By Shelley Graham February 23, 2023 11:35 PM
One of the great things about working as a production dramaturg is the time spent in rehearsal working with the actors. For this production of 12 Angry Jurors, we spent quite a bit of time exploring the world of the play. To help the actors interact with the courtroom drama world of Boston in 1953, we created a dramaturgical website for the actors. We put a link to this website on QR codes that were printed and hung throughout the rehearsal space, so that the actors could have access to the website at any time. Read Full Story

Behind the Scenes of Go, Dog. Go!

By Isabella Beals November 09, 2022 07:34 PM
While bringing a show to life is always an exciting challenge, BYU’s recent production of Go, Dog. Go! has provided many unique opportunities for our design team to prove that their bark is just as big as their bite! Read on to learn about the behind-the-scenes process of putting up this show for young audiences. Read Full Story

Merry Widow – Company Bios

By Pollyanna Eyler October 18, 2022 04:44 PM
Cast and Crew(listed alphabetically by first name) Read Full Story

The Merry Widow Dramaturgy Note

By Pollyanna Eyler October 18, 2022 04:32 PM
Opera productions are three parts passion, passion, and passion! Passion for the libretto! Passion for the music! Passion for the theatre makers! – Pollyanna Eyler Read Full Story

Merry Widow – Online Program

By Pollyanna Eyler October 18, 2022 04:24 PM
View the online program at the link below: Read Full Story

Remembering the HFAC

By Lillian Bills March 22, 2022 02:46 PM
Letters, pictures, voice recordings, journals, videos. There are so many ways to remember and communicate our experiences long after we or the people and the places we made the memories with are gone. Jane Austen wrote not only novels and poems, but also many letters and journals. Unfortunately for us, most of her personal writings were burned by her sister Cassandra upon Jane Austen’s death to keep Jane’s personal life private. Additionally, throughout Pride and Prejudice, letters are used as confessions of love, anger, and sadness. Read Full Story

Dancing Through the Ages and Adaptations of Jane Austen

By Emma Rollins March 14, 2022 10:49 AM
What kind of person are you at a dance? Are you more like Lydia, who loves to dance and be the center of attention? Or are you more like Mr. Darcy, who sticks to the walls and maybe eats a few refreshments. Or are you somewhere in between? Read Full Story


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