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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

NEWS: Director, Composer, Actor Brad Carroll to Serve as Artist-in-Residence for SUU's Department of Theatre Arts & Dance


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: A man of many theatrical talents whose gifts have entertained audiences across the US, Europe, Japan and in London’s West End, Brad Carroll is a master craftsman whether he is acting, composing or directing for the stage. Shauna Mendini, Dean of SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Carroll as Artist-in-Residence for SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.

Having served as a guest artist for several SUU productions including the recent production of Little Women: the Broadway MusicalBrad Carroll composed the music for Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical, which premiered at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2007 and went on to receive its international premiere in London’s West End in 2011. The production was co-written with Peter Sham, Associate Chair of SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Acclaimed as a director, actor, composer, writer, and musical director, Carroll’s numerous regional credits include productions for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Festival Opera, PCPA Theaterfest, Idaho Shakespeare, and Great Lakes Theatre Festival; as well as various universities including SUU, University of Nevada -- Las Vegas, UC Santa Barbara and many more. His affiliations have also included Walt Disney Entertainment International as well as such prestigious orchestras as the Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony. This summer Carroll directed Les Miserables for Utah Shakespeare Festival.   

On making this appointment, Dean Mendini commented, “Brad has guided our students either as a director or musical director to great success in the past. He brings a high level of professionalism to everything he does. With this appointment, Brad has the opportunity to nurture students’ abilities not just through a single production but in intensive class work as well.”

Brad Carroll’s appointment commences with the start of SUU’s fall 2012 semester.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at 

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