Megan Sanborn Jones – Director: Megan Sanborn Jones is an Associate Professor in the theatre and media arts department, where she coordinates the theatre arts BA program and is a women’s studies affiliate faculty member. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Her publications include work in: Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre History Studies, and Ecumenica. She has recently been appointed as the Performance Review editor for BYU Studies. Her book, Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama (Routledge 2009), won the Mormon History Association Smith-Pettit Best First Book Award. Forthcoming work includes chapters in By Our Rites of Worship from Eborn Press, Mormons and American Popular Culture from Praeger, and Faith Promoting History from UConn Press. Megan is also a director/choreographer with credits at BYU including: Crazy for You, Holes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Racine’s Berenice, and Romeo and Juliet. She is grateful to her wonderful family, Glen Jones, Cohen and Eden, for their never-ending supply of love, support, and creative dance moves.
Andrea Bytheway – Stage Manager: Andrea Bytheway is in her last year studying Theatre and Spanish Education at BYU. She is married to the love of her life, Bryce, who she met while serving as a mission in Málaga, Spain. While in Spain she fell in love with the Arabian influence in the art, architecture, and music, and she is so excited to work on this production of Arabian Nights. Her most recent credits include directing Antigone, stage managing Little Women at the Scera and Stage Door at BYU, and assistant stage managing, HMS Pinafore and Little Women as well at BYU.
Eric Fielding – Scenic Designer: Eric Fielding is professor of scenic design and resident set designer for the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University. He also taught theatre design at the Goodman School of Drama, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Utah. He received his BA in Theatre from BYU in 1974 and his MFA in Scenic Design from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976. A 30-year member of the United Scenic Artists 829 professional designers’ union, his freelance design credits include scenery and/or lighting for more than 275 plays, musicals, operas, concerts, pageants, events, films, and television productions. He is a Fellow, former Vice-President, Founders’ Award, and Lifetime Member Award recipient of USITT. He is also a 30-year member of OISTAT, the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians, where he served as vice-chair of the Scenography Commission, and for ten years as the commissioner of Publications and Communications. He was editor of Theatre Design & Technology journal from 1988-95. He served as designer for the American exhibit at the 1991 Prague Quadrennial, winning a gold medal for “Mozart in America” that featured opera designs from throughout the country. He served as the creator, project director, and catalog editor of World Stage Design, a new international theatre design exhibition that premiered in Toronto during March 2005, with subsequent events in Seoul, Korea (2009) and Cardiff, Wales (2013). Most recently, he worked as the co-editor for the newly published book, World Scenography 1975-1990.
Mary H. Farahnakian, PhD – Costume Designer: Dr. Farahnakian is currently a professor in the Theatre and Media Arts department teaching the History of Costume and Costume Design Specialty and Construction. She is also the curator and archivist of the BYU/TMA Historic Clothing Collection. In 2011, she received both the Gerrit de Jong, Jr. Gratitude Award given by the Collect of Fine Arts and the National Recognition Award from the Costume Society of America’s Annual Symposium in Boston Massachusetts. She has been the costume designer for The Magic Flute, Trial by Jory, The Telephone, Berenice, Berlin (which received the Regional Film Emmy Award), The Music Man, King Lear, and La Traviata. Mary’s most recent publication is entitled “Dress of ethnic minority immigrants and residents: Middle Eastern people in North America.” featured in the Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion, and is the co-author of A Keyhole Look at Wedding Dresses: Highlights from the Brigham Young University/Theatre and Media Arts Historical Clothing Collection.
Mallory Mackay – Makeup Designer/Assistant Costume Designer: Mallory is majoring in Theatre Art Studies with an emphasis in Costume and Make-up Design and has worked on and designed several shows, including The Elephant Man, The Women of Lockerbie, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Peter Pan. She has also worked on several films and student produced shows. She loves teaching, singing really loud, and her favorite color is green.
Michelle Ohumukini – Sound Designer: Michelle Ohumukini is a junior at BYU from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she is not doing something behind the scenes, she is usually with family and friends or reading a book. She has been engaged with sound for eight years, assisting, designing, and engineering for various and local companies. Michelle’s favorite part of theatre is watching it all come together to make a show. She is excited to design Arabian Nights at BYU, and thanks her family and friends for their continuing support.
Hannah May Kroff – Props Designer: From Carthage, Missouri, Hannah May Kroff is a Junior Theatre Arts Studies Major with an emphasis in Directing. She has worked previously on several shows with Utah Shakespeare in the Park, including Chekov’s Uncle Vanya and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and has been an employee with BYU props since January 2011. She has assisted with Peter Pan and Jane Austen’s Persuasion, worked as the props designer for Cinderella and Beatrice and Benedict and The Elephant Man, and been the set dressing designer for Anne Frank, White Christmas, and Love’s Labor’s Lost.
Sarah Porter – Music Director: Sarah Porter is currently a junior at BYU studying Music Composition with a minor in Theatre Arts. This is her first chance to be involved in one of BYU’s main stage productions and she’s really excited about it! She most recently worked as Music Director for BYU’s Experimental Theatre Company’s production of Oedipus the King, and has composed and directed music for various other student projects as well. Mostly, she just loves theatre, loves music, loves life, and is excited to see where it takes her!
Jenny Huffman – Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Jenny Huffman is a senior from Southern California majoring in Theatre Arts Studies with an emphasis in Directing and Dramaturgy and a minor in Business. She has been involved with theatre most of her life, including co-directing Yellow, assistant directing The Fantasticks, working as the Production Coordinator of Creative Development for Disney On Ice and Disney Live!, and directing Austenland and The Women of Lockerbie. She recently was awarded the 2012 LMDA/KCACTF Region VIII Student Dramaturgy Regional Recognition Award for her dramaturgical work on BYU’s production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, was a runner-up for the 2011-2012 Department of Theatre and Media Arts Outstanding Theatre Student award, and received the 2011-2012 Department of Theatre and Media Arts Outstanding Theatre Critical Studies Student Award. She is beyond thrilled to be involved with this production and hopes that she can share with the audience the beauty, majesty and magic she has found with Arabian Nights!
Erin Dinnell Bjørn – Lighting Designer: Erin Dinnell Bjørn is a member of the BYU arts production creative team working primarily in the areas of lighting design and projection illustration. With a BA in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in Lighting and an MFA in Production Design with an emphasis in Costuming from BYU, Erin is ready to work in just about any area in theatrical design. She has toured as a technician with nearly every BYU touring performing group. For the past several years, Erin has been working primarily in the BYU dance department filling assorted roles as stage manager, lighting designer, touring master electrician, touring technical director, set designer, projection designer, and/or costume designer for various BYU dance groups and productions. Selected recent design credits include: Lighting Design & Projection Illustration for BYU Theatre Ballet’s 2012 production of The Snow Queen and set design for their Cinderella in 2011, costume design for a joint production with the BYU Chamber Orchestra and Beijing Dance Academy entitled When We Encounter which debuted in Beijing in 2011, and Projection Design for White Christmas, Christmas around the World, and Homecoming Spectacular this past fall and winter at BYU. When Erin is not busy working on productions, she is busy with creative projects at home and loving time with her husband Lars and their son Thor.