Jan 29, 2013
Jan. 28, 2013
Michael and Nina Vought's commitment to theatre education recognized
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster College hosted the Utah Theatre Association's annual conference, with two thousand high-school students participating in more than two hundred workshops and classes on campus. The 2013 conference welcomed students from all over Utah to Westminster's unique environment for learning. The Utah Theatre Association (UTA) was formed by a group of theatre educators to connect high school theatre students with college and university representatives to learn about programs, auditions and scholarships.
"Hosting the Utah Theatre Association Festival on our campus is an honor and an opportunity," said Michael Vought, Westminster theatre professor. "We are thrilled to support high school students' pursuit of theatre in higher education. This was also a chance to share the thriving theatre program at Westminster with those unfamiliar with our incredible campus."
Each year, the Utah Theatre Association honors individuals or groups who have contributed to the success of theatre in the state of Utah. The 2013 UTA College/University Education Award was presented to Westminster's Michael and Nina Vought for their more than twenty years of commitment to theatre in higher education. The husband and wife team have expanded Westminster's theatre program to include an undergraduate degree in Theatre and another in Arts Administration.
"The award is doubly sweet coming from this association of theatre educators because they know the time and energy required to create great theatre, and they understand the reason we do it is the students," said Michael Vought. "Our students are the raw material with which we work and the reward for the work we do. They deserve this award every bit as much as Nina and I."
Westminster theatre students treated conference participants to a production of Noises Off
, for which the cast received rave reviews during the plays staging in November. The Utah Theatre Association tapped talented Westminster faculty to lead workshops in their areas of expertise. Ashley Mott, Westminster dance professor, led a workshop focused on the elements of movement and physicality as they apply to all genres of theatre. Jared Larkin, assistant theatre professor, introduced students to the training methods of Tadashi Suzuki. Assistant professor of music, Michael Chipman, taught a workshop, Beautiful Singing on Broadway: Why the Biggest Stars Are Also the Best Singers
, focused on using solid vocal technique to tell powerful stories on stage. Nina Vought, assistant theatre professor, led a class called The Fourth Threat: The Performer's Energy.
Vought explored creative ways to improve an actor's look, health and self-confidence to get the most out of a role.