Eric Samuelsen

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Eric Samuelsen, 2008.
Eric Samuelsen taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio before joining the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1992. He became head of the Playwriting program at BYU in 1999. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Religion department.

As a playwright, Samuelsen has had seventeen plays professionally produced in Utah, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, and California. Some of his plays include Gadianton, which has seen three professional productions across the country, A Love Affair with Electrons, Family, The Plan,' and The Way We're Wired, which was most recently produced by the Nauvoo Theatrical Society as part of their inaugural season.

He is a member of the Playwrights' Circle, and the Dramatists Guild. He is three-time winner of the Annual Award in Playwriting offered by the Association for Mormon Letters (AML) and he became president of AML in 2007. In 2013 the organization awarded him the Smith Pettit Award for his lifetime work as a playwright and revered him as a Mormon Henrik Ibsen or Charles Dickens.

His novel, Singled Out, was published by Cornerstone Publishing in 2000. He is also a staff writer for the on-line satirical magazine The Sugarbeet. He was also featured in the book Conversations with Mormon Authors, edited by Chris Bigelow. He has also published scholarly articles on 19th and 20th century Scandanavian Theatre, and more recently, on LDS film.

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