Megan Sanborn Jones

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Megan Sanborn Jones, 2008
Megan Sanborn Jones graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts. She went on to receive a master's degree in theatre arts in 1997 at BYU and a PhD in theatre history and criticism from the University of Minnesota.

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.

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