Rory R. Scanlon
Rory Scanlon completed his BA in Theatre at Brigham Young University after previously attending Idaho State University. In 1984 Scanlon received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with emphases in Set and Costume Design, Costume History, and Lighting Design.
Scanlon’s professional theatre projects include an artist-in-residency with Mark Medoff working on Stephanie Hero; scenic designer for the Utah Sesquicentennial project, Barefoot to Zion; and production designer for Michael McLean’s musical The Ark.
Scanlon’s creative team completed the historical research and construction of ancient costumes for displays at the Temple Square Visitors Centers in Salt Lake City for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also responsible for designing and maintaining the costumes for the Hill Cumorah Pageant. His research in costumes for the Old Testament and Book of Mormon continues through grants he receives both on and off BYU campus.
Scanlon served as an Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU from 2005-2010. On March 1, 2010 Scanlon became an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for the university as a whole. In this capacity he was asked to serve as the director of the university's Honor Program. He and his committee worked to improve and strengthen the honor's curriculum and also helped the Honors Student Advisory Council (HSAC) to plan Honors devotionals, guest lectures, and other educational events. The highlight of Scanlon's tenure in the Honors Program was the program's 50th Anniversary celebration, which was held in March of 2011. The jubilee celebration featured presentations and lectures by former leaders and culminated in a week-long symposium. From these beginnings he established the Honors Alumni Association. In addition to his duties as director, Scanlon was able to teach Honors 292 and also managed to complete a full curriculum review.
Awards and Recognitions
Scanlon is a regularly invited Guest Lecturer and Keynote Speaker for the Rocky Mountain section of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (RMUSITT), The Rocky Mountain Theatre Association (RMTA), the Utah Theatre Association (UTA), and the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF).
His first book with Costume Fashion Press in New York, entitled Costume Design Graphics, was released in 2001.
In 2004 Scanlon was featured in the Journal of Book of Mormon Stories with a report on the costumes of the Hill Cumorah Pageant.
As an Associate Dean Scanlon had the opportunity to address the students at BYU during one of the campus' weekly devotionals in January of 2008.
- The Daily Universe - Associate dean named (18 Feb. 2010)
- BYU News Release
- Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship: Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. Vol. 13 No. 1-2 (2004)
- Hansen, Kristine. A History of the Brigham Young University Honors Program: The First Fifty Years. Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2012. Print.