Stephanie Breinholt

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Stephanie Foster Breinholt graduated from Brigham Young University in 1994 with a degree in acting. In 1997, she was a national winner of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition. Breinholt then completed a masters degree at BYU in Theatre Design and Technology in 1999.

Breinholt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at BYU. In 2010, she received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence award for the year. Also in 2010, she directed BYU's production of Tartuffe, bringing a Tim Burton-esque twist to the production. Later that year, Breinholt directed Stagedoor, which was invited to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in February 2011.

Breinholt directed BYU's version of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost in 2012. The play was a great success as it changed the time period of Shakespeare's original play to about 1944, during World War II. The music, costumes, and play all accurately portrayed the 1940's and gave the audience a special taste of BYU's excellence in theatre. The following year she directed BYU's The Servant of Two Masters, an 18th-century Italian comedy written by Carlo Goldoni.

In 2013, Breinholt was selected to become vice-chair of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship events and was added to the regional KCACTF board. Breinholt also started work on her own production, Our Town.

In 2014, she received professional development funding from the College of Fine Arts and Communications for the Fitzmaurice Voicework Workshop. The same year, she played Alice More in BYU's production of A Man for All Seasons.

Brienholt was the director for BYU's production of Our Town, which was one of eight productions invited to the 2015 KCACTF held in St. George at Dixie State University in February. At the festival, she was awarded the ATHE/KCACTF Innovative Teaching Award. The award was from both the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, making it both a regional and national award, and the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF. She also received the award for Outstanding Director of a Play. Our Town received 13 National Awards at the Festival, which is an unprecedented feat for a BYU production.

Also in 2015, she was in T. C. Christensen's film The Cokeville Miracle. She also received funding from the college to attend the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Voice Speech Trainers of America Annual Conference.

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