Rodger Sorensen

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Rodger D. Sorensen is a professor of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University. He served as the Chair of the Theatre and Media Arts Department from 2004-2010, and then served as an Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communications from 2011 to 2015. Sorensen graduated from BYU with a master's degree in speech and dramatic arts in 1972.

Before coming to BYU in 1996, Sorensen taught at the College of Eastern Utah from 1974 to 1979 and at Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) from 1979 to 1996, serving as the Theatre Department Chair for the latter ten years. During his first years as a professor at BYU, Sorensen completed his doctorate degree at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999. His dissertation discussed Alchemy, Nature, and Time in 'Pericles' and 'The Winter's Tale'.

Sorensen has directed over a hundred theatre productions, including premieres of original scripts, adaptations of his own devised pieces, and a range of interdisciplinary projects including, operas, musicals, dramas, and comedies. He worked every summer on the Hill Cumorah Pageant near Palmyra, New York, from 1978 to 2004, where he served as Artistic Director starting in 1997. Sorensen specializes in teaching directing theory and practice for the stage. He has also taught Introduction to Theatre, Readers Theatre, Forensics, Public Speaking, and various Acting classes. As the TMA Department chair, he was invited to present a speech at one of BYU's weekly campus devotionals in 2008.

Throughout his career, Sorenson has mentored many students on their way to professional careers. One such student is Ryan Little, the celebrated filmmaker known for Saints and Soldiers. Sorenson also serves as a facilitator and teacher for workshops at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Sorensen was a 2011 recipient of the SCERA Star Award. The SCERA Star Awards are held annually and recognize those who have made significant contributions in enriching the communities and citizens of Utah Valley through the arts.

In Spring of 2013, Sorensen directed the BYU production of A Wrinkle in Time. His unique interactive and youthful approach thrilled the audience each production night. In December of 2013, Sorensen participated in Christmas Around the World: See the Wonder. At the April 2014 College of Fine Arts and Communications convocation, Sorensen delivered an address entitled I Fit For Them. The same year, he played the role of Merle Cannaday in BYU's production of the full-length film Beyond.

In 2015, Sorensen received the Dedicated Service to College/University Education Award from the Utah Theatre Association (UTA) when it was hosted at BYU. He is currently a representative of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

In 2016, Sorensen was a recipient of BYU Idaho’s Eliza R. Snow’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the Performing and Visual Arts.

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