Megan Sanborn Jones
Jones is currently the coordinator for the Theatre Arts Studies program at BYU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in theatre critical studies. Her work about religious performance in 19th-20th century America has been published in Theatre Journal, The State of the Art, and Theatre Topics. Her book, Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama, was published by Routledge in 2009. She is also a director/choreographer with credits including Perestroika (Loring Playhouse, MN), Great Expectations (ARTE, UT), Crazy for You, Holes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arabian Nights, and Henry V (BYU).
In the summer of 2010 Jones received the prestigious Smith-Pettit Best First Book Award from the Mormon History Association (MHA) for her work, Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama. MHA is an independent, nonprofit scholarly organization dedicated to the study and understanding of all aspects of Mormon history and is affiliated with the American Historical Association and the Western History Association.
In 2011 Jones received a creative work award from the BYU Faculty Women’s Association. Each year the Faculty Women's Association recognizes women who have made a valuable contribution at the international, national, regional, state, community levels and to the university, and their respective colleges and departments. A year later Dr. Jones received the Alcuin Fellowship.
Jones was a presenter at the June 2013 Mormon History Association conference held in Layton UT. She represented the Mormon Women's History Initiative Team.
In 2015, Jones was appointed as the Book Review Editor for Theatre Topics, an official publication of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education published by John Hopkins University Press. She will serve a two year term in this position. The same year, she was the director for BYU's adaptation of Shannon Hale's book Princess Academy. Also in 2015, she was awarded the BYU Alcuin Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding teacher-scholars whose work at the university transcends the limits of their disciplines, and who have made significant contributions to the general education and honors curriculums.
- Deseret News - "Princess power: BYU to present stage adaptation of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy" (22 May 2015)
- Daily Herald - "BYU and UVU Collaborate on New Princess Academy Adaptation" (22 May 2015)
- The Daily Herald - Women take center stage in BYU Young Company's 'Henry V' (7 Feb 2013)
- The Universe - The Y Company brings Shakespeare to a younger audience (5 Feb 2013)
- YNews - "Henry V" in theatre for young audiences production at BYU (24 Jan 2013)
- The Universe - Weekly five: BYU shows to watch for this semester (8 Jan 2013)
- The Daily Herald - Perfect date: A magic carpet ride (31 May 2012)
- The Deseret News - Tapestry of stories displayed in BYU's 'Arabian Nights' (29 May 2012)
- The Daily Herald - BYU's 'Arabian Nights' promotes understanding of Islam (24 May 2012)
- The Deseret News - In BYU's 'Arabian Nights,' the power of stories to change lives is revealed (20 May 2012)
- The Salt Lake Tribune - Stage: BYU’s Arabian nights (20 May 2012)