Randy Boothe, Artistic Director
Randy Boothe serves as associate dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communications and executive producer for performing arts at BYU. For 39 years he has served as artistic director of the world-renowned Young Ambassadors, touring to more than 65 countries.
Randy has also directed the Lamanite Generation, Curtaintime USA, and Sounds of Freedom. He has served as a director and consultant for the Disney’s Epcot Center and the Magic Kingdom. During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Randy directed Light of the World with a cast of 1,500 singers, dancers, and musicians. In 1997 he directed the sesquicentennial celebration, Faith in Every Footstep, featuring a cast of 6,000 performers.
Randy has also directed for Jackson Hole Playhouse, Young Ambassadors Singing Entertainer Workshop, and 14 main stage productions at BYU. He has also produced Christmas and summer shows for Promised Valley Playhouse in Salt Lake City.
Eric Hansen, Band Director
Eric Hansen joined the Young Ambassadors directors’ team in Fall 2011. Dr. Hansen’s journey with the Young Ambassadors started thirty years ago as a freshman bass player, who spent the summer of 1982, after his first year of college, performing at the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
His professional ensemble experience includes principal bass with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Musik Barock Ensemble, Talbot Chamber Orchestra, Great Music West Festival Orchestra, and National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
In August 2004 Eric was invited to perform at the World Bass Festival in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to teaching, he performs part-time with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and film/television recordings at LA East Studios.
Janielle Christensen, Assistant Artistic Director
Janielle Christensen became involved in professional theatre and music at an early age, co-hosting a daily television show at 12 and playing with the Musicians Union at 14. As artistic director of Living Legends, she has brought uplifting family entertainment to millions through live and televised productions.
Her responsibilities at BYU also include teaching as a member of the music dance theatre faculty and serving as artistic director for the annual Homecoming Spectacular. She has received the College of Fine Arts and Communications’ highest administrative award for excellence and was recently a recipient of the university’s Brigham Award for her contributions to BYU community and others throughout the world.
She has served as chair of the board of advisors and as producer/director for the Promised Valley Playhouse in Salt Lake City. She was the producer of Faith in Every Footstep, the Church’s sesquicentennial spectacular in 1997 and associate director for Light of the World at the Conference Center in 2002.
John Shurtleff, Technical Director
As technical director for Young Ambassadors and Living Legends for more than 25 years, John Shurtleff has traveled the world training some of the finest professionals in technical theatre anywhere. His students are working in New York, with national touring companies, and in theatres across the nation.
John has coordinated the transport of equipment, scenery, costumes, and props, interfacing with and international government agencies to assure technical support for each touring company. He is also responsible for the training of students who fill all technical positions, including stage management, sound, lighting, rigging, props, and costumes.
In 1997 John was appointed technical director for the sesquicentennial production, Faith in Every Footstep. He also served as one of the technical directors for Light of the World in the Conference Center during the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.