Brent Hanson

  • Professor of Theatre

Education

  • Ph.D. in Theatre and Film, minor in English with emphases in Directing and Playwriting, Brigham Young University, 2013
  • M.F.A. in Set Design, University of Utah
  • B.F.A. in Theater, University of Utah

As a working theatre artist, I’m pleased to be part of Southern Virginia University, where what we put on stage is guided by standards of “virtue and good report.” In the larger world of theatre, film, and entertainment, artists sometimes settle for shock value in place of artistic merit and meaning, and what is good and decent can easily get lost in the competitive struggle for success. I challenge students in a classroom and production environment shaped by demanding excellence in scholarship and artistry and uncompromising respect for high moral standards. This is an exciting and uplifting place to study theatre!


Education


  • Ph.D. in Theatre and Film, minor in English with emphases in Directing and Playwriting, Brigham Young University, 2013
  • M.F.A. in Set Design, University of Utah
  • B.F.A. in Theater, University of Utah

Courses


  • Theatre Major: Stagecraft, Introduction to Production Design

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Joined the Southern Virginia University faculty in 2016
  • Adjunct Professor, Dixie State University, 1982-present
  • Artistic Director, Hill Cumorah Pageant, Artistic Director (Summers 2005-2018), Production Designer, Technical Director (Summers 1998-2004)
  • Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Designer (2006, 2007), Technical Director (Summer 1997, 1998)
  • Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, Dixie State University, 2012-2014

 


Scholarship & Creative Work


  • Produced playwright of “Nathan Hale,” “Timeshare,” “The Secret of the Golden Locket,” “St. George Christmas,” and “Rud’s Farm”
  • Designed sets and/or lights for over 100 productions, including “Into the Woods,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Cat on a Hot TinRoof,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Macbeth,” and “Sleuth
  • Directed over 50 productions, including “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Dames at Sea,” “The Lion in Winter,” “The Foreigner,” “Arms and the Man,” and “The Misanthrope”
  • View selections of his work

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Board member of the Utah Arts Council Theatre Panel, 1998-2002
  • President/board member of the Utah Theatre Association, 1999-2000