Fall 2020 Update

The UVU Department of Theatrical Arts will offer its Fall 2020 courses in a variety of teaching modes in order to maximize student learning and individual safety. These include:

  • Face-to-Face: Students are in campus classrooms that are systematically sanitized and that accommodate social distancing.
  • Face-to-Face Hybrid: Half the students are in the classroom and half are connecting through Teams, alternating face-to-face attendance by birthdate.
  • Live Stream: Class is held with the instructor and students all online in real time using video conferencing software (also known as “synchronous online”).
  • “True” Hybrid: Students attend class on campus once a week and engage with an online module on Canvas on the opposite day.
  • Live Interactive: Teacher meets with a home-room of students on campus and connects with a number of satellite classrooms throughout the state through video link.
  • Face to Face Lab: Students work in person in scenic, costume, and other labs.
  • Online Asynchronous: Students complete a “traditional” online course without a set meeting time, Students complete the work in their own space at their own pace.

These teaching modes are noted in the course catalogue. If students have questions about delivery modes about certain courses, they may email their instructor or department chair Dr. John Newman (john.newman@uvu.edu). If students are at high risk, or live with those at high risk, and do not have options to take a needed course offsite, reasonable accommodations will be made to connect the students with the on-campus course meetings.

For additional resources and the latest university updates, keep up-to-date at uvu.edu/returntocampus.

We look forward to you joining us in Fall 2020 and appreciate your support and ingenuity as we continue to learn and create during these exceptional times.

Dr. John Newman
Department of Theatrical Arts for Stage and Screen

Statement on Anti-Racism

The Department of Theatrical Arts stands in support of Black communities and acknowledges our responsibility to speak out against institutional racism, structural inequality, and anti-Black violence.

We condemn the ongoing systemic violence against people of color typified by the murders of George Floyd and countless others, and we acknowledge that Black lives matter. As professional communicators, we affirm that Black voices, Black points of view, and Black narratives matter. We stand in solidarity with all those who raise their voices to demand basic human rights and freedoms.

We acknowledge that as artists we have work to do to lift and amplify the stories of marginalized people in our community and around the world. We further acknowledge that the historical dominance of narratives that center Whiteness in our productions and curricula and an ongoing lack of diversity in our department and our field have diminished our potential as a space of expression, learning, and growth for all students but especially for students of color. These shortcomings have also lessened our ability to leverage the power of our art in effecting positive social change. These are not our problems alone; they reverberate to the highest levels of our industry and our society. However, they remain our problems to own and to continue working toward solving.

The Department of Theatrical Arts has convened a standing committee  on equity, diversity, and inclusion to explore ways in which we can be better educators and collaborators for our BIPOC students, support and be of service to marginalized communities in our region, incorporate a wider cultural lens into our teaching, and broaden the positive impact of our good intentions. We invite collaboration, critique, and dialogue in this process of becoming more “Exceptionally Accountable” in our pursuit of “Exceptional Care.”


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