Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Megan Sanborn
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Institutional Affiliation
Brigham Young University
Discipline of Degree
Theatre Historiography
Biographical Sketch

I am a professor in the Theatre and Media Arts Department where I serve as the associate chair of the department and Artistic Director of BYU Theatre.  My publications include work in: Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre History Studies, and more.  My first book, Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama (Routledge, 2009) won the Smith Pettit Award for the Best First Book of the year on Mormon History from the Mormon History Association.  My second book, Contemporary Mormon Pageantry: Seeking After the Dead in forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press in October 2018.  I am also a director/choreographer with credits at BYU including:  Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Tom Stoppard’s Travesties I and my husband, Dr. Glen Jones, are the happy parents of Cohen (12) and Eden (9).

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Gender Studies, Literary Criticism, Performance Studies, Religious Studies
Chronological Focus
19th century, 21st century
Geographic Focus
United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Anti-Mormonism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cultural History, Drama, Film, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Literature, Performance, Popular Culture
Key Words

Contemporary Mormon Pageantry: Seeking After Our Dead.  University of Michigan Press, 2018.

“Profile on Mormon Playwriting,” Ecumenica. Spring 2016. Co-authored with Callie Oppedisano.

“Mormons Think They Can Dance.” Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces.  Eds. Matt Omasta and Drew Chappell.  New York: Routledge, 2015.

“Testimony in the Muscles, in the Bone: Proxy Performance at the Mesa Easter Pageant.”  Mormon Studies Review, Fall 2015.