Denny Berry Retires from the U Department of Theatre

October 12 2021

With a combination of happiness for her and sadness for us, we announce that last month Associate Professor Denny Berry retired from the University of Utah Department of Theatre.

Denny has been an incredibly valuable member of this community since 2012, when she joined the department to head up our newly-established Musical Theatre Program. For ten years, Denny has worked tirelessly to advance the Musical Theatre Program and to prepare the next generation of performers. During her time at the U, she has created, delivered, and revised the Musical Theatre curriculum, recruited students from all over the country, and directed and choreographed many wonderful productions for the department. Meanwhile, she also continued to work as the Associate Choreographer for Phantom of the Opera on four continents.

We are deeply grateful to Denny for a decade of passionate service to the Department of Theatre, and we wish her well as she embarks on the next chapter of her life journey!

We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor David Schmidt, who started the Musical Theatre Program, has agreed to take the reins as Area Head of MTP once again. Thank you, David!