Rodger Sorensen came to Brigham Young University in 1996. He is a Professor of Theatre and Media Arts, and is the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Before coming to BYU, he taught at College of Eastern Utah, 1974-1979; and at Ricks College (BYU-Idaho), 1979-96, serving as Department Chair for ten years. He completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999. His dissertation is entitled “Alchemy, Nature, and Time in ‘Pericles’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’.”
Professor Sorensen has directed over a hundred theatre productions, including premieres of original scripts, adaptations of his own devised pieces, a range of interdisciplinary projects, many operas, musicals, dramas, and comedies. He worked every summer on the Hill Cumorah Pageant near Palmyra, New York, from 1978 to 2004, serving as Artistic Director from 1997. Professor Sorensen specializes in teaching and directing theory and practice for the stage. His research interests include directing, new plays, Shakespeare, alchemy, and chaos theory. He serves as the Focus Group Representative: Playwrights and Creative Teams for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.
His recent directing projects include Long Walk Home (an opera about the 1849 handcart companies), The Book of Gold (a new opera about Joseph Smith), Secret Garden at Provo Theatre Company, The Sound of Music and Singin’ in the Rain at Tuacahn, and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.