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Directors

March 19, 2020 10:36 AM
Nathan Balser is an associate professor of dance at Brigham Young University and the new artistic director of the Young Ambassadors. He completed his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and his Master’s of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Utah.

Nathan’s professional career includes performing on Broadway in the revival cast of Promises, Promises with Kristen Chenoweth, 9 to 5: The Musical with Allyson Janney, Damn Yankees with Cheyenne Jackson,
and Legally Blonde. He also appeared on CBS’s Tony Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nathan danced professionally with choreographers and groups including Repertory Dance Theatre, Odyssey Dance, Molissa Fenley, John Malashock, Scott Rink, and Utah Regional Ballet.

Prior to his assignment as director of the Young Ambassadors, Nathan had multiple opportunities to set choreography on the group, travelling twice with them to China. Nathan also directed BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre and choreographed at Sundance, Hale Center Theatre Orem, Lagoon Entertainment, Nauvoo, IL, and Utah COPA. He readily teaches workshops on dance, music, choreography and performance. He is married and has four beautiful kids.

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March 19, 2020 10:40 AM
From Albany, Oregon, David Allen graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music with an emphasis in Media and Film Composition. As a student, David worked for four years as the Assistant to the Band Director, Eric Hansen, and arranged the majority of Randy Boothe’s final show, Souvenirs. During his time as the band assistant and trombone player, he was fortunate to tour to Brazil, China, and various surrounding states in the US.

He also was the founder and acted as artistic director for 1AChord, a BYU A Cappella Club group, from 2015-2019. In addition to Young Ambassadors and 1AChord, he performed with BYU Synthesis (Brazil Tour), Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Cougar Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Combos, and Trombone Choir.

David served a mission for the LDS church to Sierra Leone Freetown and Ghana Cape Coast from 2013-15.

David is also a freelance studio performer and media composer, most recently recording for Blomberg Music Productions and Bobby St. Mute. davidjallenmusic.com

In addition to directing the Young Ambassadors Show Band, David teaches private lessons to low brass students through Miles Ahead Music, centered in American Fork.

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March 19, 2020 10:42 AM
March 19, 2020 10:44 AM
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. More
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