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Play Publisher & Theatrical Rights Licensing of Plays and Musicals for and about Latter-day Saints

R. Rex Stephenson

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 1973 to 2015: Ferrum College Drama Department
    Rank: Professor since 1989
  • 1966-69: Teaching high school and junior high English, government, speech, and drama

EDUCATION

  • Ph. D., New York University, Education/Theatre, 1984
    M. A., Indiana State University, Speech/Theatre, 1973
    B. S., Ball State University, Social Science and Speech/Drama, 1964

AWARDS

  • Recipient of IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwrighting Competition award for “Excellence in Playwrighting” for Jack’s Adventures with the King’s Girl in 1996
  • Recipient of 2007 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award, Southeastern Theatre Conference

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Plays:

  • Wicca. In online journal Nantahala: A Review of Writing and Photography in Appalachia. Issue 1:01. Nov. 2001.
  • Kipling’s Just So Stories and Just So Stories—the Musical, with music Emily Rose Tucker. Venice, FL: Eldridge, 2006.
  • Grandmother Tales: Mutsmag and Ashpet, Traditional Tales from the Blue Ridge Mountains. New Plays for Children(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 2004.
  • Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. Salt Lake City, UT: Encore Performance Publishing (nowEldridge), 2004.
  • The Prince and the Pauper: Based on the Mark Twain Classic. Orem, UT: Encore(now with Eldridge), 2002.
  • My Travels with Cecil. Encore, 2002. About British ballad collector Cecil Sharp’s visit to Franklin County, VA in 1918. (now unpublished)
  • The Three Old Women’s Bet. I. E. Clark(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 2002.
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn, with music by Jon Cohn and C. Michael Perry. Adapted from Mark Twain. Encore (now with Leicester Bay Theatricals), 2002.
  • A Christmas Carol. Adapted from Charles Dickens. I. E. Clark(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 2001.
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Eldridge, 2000.
  • And the Rains Came. . . And Came. New Plays for Children(now with Leicester Bay Theatricals), 2000.
  • Glorious Son of York: A Play for Two or More People about King Richard III. Orem, UT: Encore Publishing, now with Leicester Bay Theatricals — 2000.
  • Jack’s Adventures with the King’s Girl. Encore Performance Publishing, 1999.(nowEldridge)
  • Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. New Plays for Children(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 1998.
  • Too Free for Me. Encore Publishing (nowEldridge), 1998. (award-winning play based on local history)
  • The Vision: A Play about John Wesley and the Founding of Kingswood School, with co-author Mike Trochim,1998.
  • Alice in Wonderland, with music by Jon Cohn. 1997. Revised with new music. Eldridge, 2009.
  • Galileo: Man of Science, with co-author Mike Trochim. New Plays for Children(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 1996.
  • Treasure Island. I. E. Clark(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 1995.
  • The Jack Tales. I. E. Clark(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 1991.
  • “The Jack Tales,” in Eight Plays for Youth, ed. by Christian Moe, Lang, 1991.
  • The Liberated Cinderella. I. E. Clark(bought by Dramatic Publishing), 1973.

Other Publications:

  • Mutsmag, in AppLit, 2002. An online picture book adaptation, illustrated by children in grades K-3, Franklin County, VA. Script in Crosscurrents of Children’s Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism, Oxford UP, 2006.
  • Jack and the Giants” in AppLit, 2010.
  • Jack and the King’s Girl,” in ALCA-Lines: Journal of the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia , vol. IX (2001): 14-15. Also published with guidelines for dramatizing with children, in Nellie McCaslin’s Creative Drama in the Classroom, 5th ed. (New York: Longman, 1990). Full text reprinted at this link in AppLit.
  • “Teacher Resource Guide” for Galileo: Man of Science (with Jon Cohn, Kara-Beth Oliver, Madison Williams, Donna Speidel, and Mike Trochim). In Nellie McCaslin’s Creative Drama in the Classroom, 7th ed. (NY: Longman, 2000).
  • “Jack and the Hainted House,” in Nellie McCaslin’s Creative Drama in the Classroom and Beyond(Boston: Allyn & Bacon, editions 4-8. In story form with guidelines for dramatization.)
  • Jack and his Lump of Silver,” in ALCA-Lines: Journal of the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia, vol. VI (Fall 1999): 6-7. Full text reprinted at this link in AppLit.
  • “Feedback and Follow Up” (with John Hodgson). Virginia English Bulletin, Spring 1995.
  • The Script as Story Theatre.”1994. Reprinted in AppLit.
  • “A Way to Begin: The Narrative Story Expansion.” Virginia English Bulletin, Spring 1992.
  • “Why Do I Do It.” Geriatric Nursing, Winter 1987.
  • “The Jack Tales of the Southern Appalachian Area.” Ferrum Review, Spring 1976.

ADDITIONAL THEATRICAL AND SCHOLARLY EXPERIENCE

  • Producer/Director, Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre (summer, since 1978)Producer/writer/director of Ferrum College Jack Tale Players since 1975Director of over 150 playsWriter/producer of over 25 playsActor in over 100 playsProducer/writer/director of 8 stateside USO tours for Veterans Administration Medical CentersProduced 48-minute video, The Jack Tales Performing Live, Media Link ProductionsConducted many workshops for teachers and students on drama, storytelling, and uses of folktales
  • Presentations at Virginia Humanities Conferences, 1996 and 1998; Biennial Conferences on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, 1997 and 2001; and Appalachian Teachers’ Network Conference, 2001, on dramatic adaptations of folklore and literature
  • Performances and presentations at theatre conferences since 1982

PLAYS & MUSICALS AUTHORED