Rory R. Scanlon

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Rory R. Scanlon graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts studies, after previously attending Idaho State University. In 1984 Scanlon received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with emphases in set and costume design, costume history, and lighting design.

Scanlon is currently an Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU. He previously served in this position from 2004 to 2010. Scanlon has also served as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for the University from 2010 to 2012. In that capacity, he served as the director of the University's Honor Program, and during his time there, the program celebrated its 50th Anniversary in March of 2011. He also established the Honors Alumni Association.

Scanlon’s professional theatre projects include being an artist-in-residence with Mark Medoff, working on Stephanie Hero; scenic designer for the Utah Sesquicentennial project, Barefoot to Zion; and production designer for Michael McLean’s musical The Ark. His professional media credits include television productions with Hasbro, General Foods, and Disney. His creative team completed historical research and construction of ancient costumes for displays at the Temple Square Visitors Centers in Salt Lake City for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also responsible for designing and maintaining the 1500 costumes for the Hill Cumorah Pageant. In 2004 Scanlon was featured in the Journal of Book of Mormon Stories with a report on the costumes of the Hill Cumorah Pageant. His research in costumes for the Old Testament and Book of Mormon continues through grants he receives from both on and off BYU campus.

In 2014, Scanlon presented a workshop at the annual Utah Theatre Association Conference. The following year, he served as the scenic designer for BYU's productions of The Count of Monte Cristo and Princess Academy.

Scanlon was the president of the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association (RMTA), was the Utah Representative to RMTA, and sat on the Provo City Arts Council for three years. He is a regularly invited Guest Lecturer and Keynote Speaker for RMTA, as well as the Rocky Mountain section of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (RMUSITT), the Utah Theatre Association (UTA), and the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF). In January 2008, he also had the opportunity to address the students at BYU during one of the university's weekly devotionals.

His first book, Costume Design Graphics was released by Costume Fashion Press in New York in 2001.

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