Director, Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children and Youth;
Dr. John Newman is an assistant professor at Utah Valley University and director of the Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children and Youth. He formerly taught theatre at Highland High School in Salt Lake City and was artistic director of the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. He holds BFA and MEd degrees from the University of Utah, an MA in theatre for youth from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. His plays include The Secret School, Awakening Galatia, Puzzles (a 2001 Bonderman Award winner), DeGruchy's Mantle (an ACTF regional finalist), and published adaptations of The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. He is the co-author of Tell Your Story: The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher. Dr. Newman chairs the Playwrights In Our Schools project and serves on the board of directors of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He is a recipient of the John C. Barner Teacher of the Year Award and was the first recipient of the Reba R. Robertson Award from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.