Associate Professor, Department Chair
Professor James Arrington was schooled professionally at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and has earned a Masters Degree in Theatre from Brigham Young University. He has worked professionally for 30 years and became a local sensation on the Utah theatre scene when returned to create and star in his well known groundbreaking one-man show Here's Brother Brigham.
He followed this by displaying a quirky writing talent with The Farley Family Reunion and J. Golden. He starred in the former and wrote, directed and produced the latter.
He went on to write and produce numerous works including Farley Two: the Next Gyration, Wilford Woodruff: God's Fisherman, Farley Family Xmas, Tumuaki! Matthew Cowley of the Pacific, and the pioneer musical The Trail of Dreams.
He has written and produced numerous smaller works and was granted a commission by the Sesquicentennial Utah War Committee to write a new touring work entitled March of the Salt Soldiers: The Utah War. He has written for stage, screen, outdoor pageant, radio drama, and puppet shows.
Professor Arrington was the first Chairman of the Department of Theatrical Arts for Stage and Screen for UVU. He recently received both the local Star award from the SCERA and a highly sought after regional award, The Kennedy Center American Theatre College Faculty Excellence Award. Along with his teaching at UVU, Professor Arrington oversees the playwriting programs.
He also originated the annual Short Attention Span Theatre, an engaging ten-minute play festival devoted to new student works.