Rory Scanlon, associate dean for the college of Fine Arts and Communications, was born and raised in Gooding, Idaho. He completed his BA in Theatre through studies at Idaho State University and Brigham Young University. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with an MFA in Costume Design. In 1984 he returned to BYU as an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, where he has continued to teach in the design and technology area. He has previously served as Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communications and as Associate Dean for BYU Undergraduate Studies, including filling the position of Director of BYU’s Honor Program from 2010 to 2012.
Rory’s professional credits include television productions with companies such as Hasbro, General Foods and Disney. Not many designers can claim that they have designed costumes for Mr. Kool-Aid! His theatre projects include a scenic design for the Utah Sesquicentennial project BAREFOOT TO ZION and design work for Tuacahn for their recent Disney series. His first book with Costume Fashion Press in New York, titled “Costume Design Graphics” was released in 2001. Rory’s research area is Old Testament and Book of Mormon clothing. His creative team completed the historical research and construction of ancient costumes for displays at the Salt Lake Temple Square Visitors’ Centers, and he has worked with the Church on new costume designs for the Hill Cumorah Pageant.
Education:BA, Brigham Young University, 1972; MFA, University of Illinois, 1984.