About BYU Performing Arts Management
Performing Arts Management is the managing agency for BYU’s performing companies and functions in professional as well as educational circles. The touring program typically reaches 140 cities in 20 countries annually. With more than 400 performances each year, these professional-level ensembles delight and uplift hundreds of thousands worldwide and appear before millions on foreign and domestic television.
Studying with faculty from the Departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre and Film, the members of these performing ensembles are selected through rigorous auditions and are professionally trained to provide quality programs in the performing arts.
For booking information contact:
Performing Arts Management
306 Hinckley Center
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602-8500
Toll-free number: 1-800-432-3576
Fax: (801) 422-0546
BYU Performing Arts Management Staff
Rex L. Barrington, Director
Rex lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and has been working at BYU since 1980, serving as Assistant Director until 2015, when he became Director of Performing Arts Management. With a Master’s Degree in administrative management and a bachelors degree in accounting, he has worked with most of the BYU performing groups and has traveled to many parts of the world in their behalf. Currently, he is the Artist Manager for the International Folk Dance Ensemble, and BYU Singers.
Rex is married to the former Dixie Porter and they are the parents of 7 children and the happy grandparents of 16 grandchildren. Rex is involved in community service through work with the Boy Scouts of America as well as in a number of church assignments.
While at BYU, Rex served as adjunct faculty for Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) teaching in the Office Technology and Administration area. Before coming to BYU he was the administrative and financial manager for a thrift store in Portland, Oregon.
Shane W. Wright, Assistant Director
Shane W. Wright has been with Brigham Young University (BYU) Performing Arts Management Since 2001. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast. He also has a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Management from the Marriott School of Management at BYU.
Shane’s appreciation for the arts started in his childhood with training in piano, voice, acting and dance. Shane has performed and been involved in the arts extensively throughout his life. While at BYU, Shane was a performer in the Young Ambassadors and the International Folk Dance Ensemble.
While at Performing Arts Management Shane has trained, managed, marketed, created marketing materials, worked with high level VIP’s, throughout the U.S., and internationally. He has also worked with all of the performing group directors in the School of Music and Department of Dance, and has thoroughly enjoyed every minute. For the past 15 years, Shane has booked 1,000’s of concerts in the U.S. and around the world. Shane is currently the Artist Manager for the following groups: Contemporary Dance Theatre, Young Ambassadors, Vocal Point, and Noteworthy. He also manages BYU’s Winterfest in the small theater at the LDS Conference Center.
Shane and his wife Emilee are the proud parents of 4 children.
Karson Denney, Artist Manager
Karson B. Denney joined BYU’s Performing Arts Management in January 2017. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with an emphasis in Global Studies from BYU.
Karson has been involved in the performing arts since he started ballroom dancing at the age of 10. As an amateur competitor, Karson held 6 United States National titles. He had the opportunity to dance with BYU’s Ballroom Dance Touring Company for 4 years where he traveled and competed internationally. Karson competed professionally throughout the United States. He is dual-licentiate certified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and a certified dance teacher, adjudicator and emcee for the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). Karson has been an artistic director in the BYU Youth Dancesport program since 2003, and taught ballroom dance classes for BYU’s department of dance for 9 years. He is the owner and operator of the retail store, Star Dance Provo. Karson is also a volunteer for Families Supporting Adoption and the Miss America Organization.
For years, Karson has enjoyed his association with BYU. He is excited to be a part of the team at Performing Arts Management and looks forward to working with the performing groups. Karson is currently the Artist Manager for the Ballroom Dance Company and the Wind Symphony.
Karson and his wife, Betsy, have 3 children and live in Provo, UT.
Justin Smith, Artist Manager
Justin Smith joined BYU’s Performing Arts Management team in the Fall of 2015. He has worked in higher education for nine years within the areas of advancement, communications, and student life. He has more than 10 years of experience managing international and domestic student programs throughout North American, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Pacific Islands.
Justin has a unique background as both a recording artist and group manager. His experience began at BYU (Men’s Chorus, Young Ambassadors, Showtime Company) then moved into the music industry as both a business manager and singer for the popular, Christian singing group Jericho Road. Working in this field has given him a strong knowledge in marketing strategies, branding, booking venues, auditions, contract negotiations, cross-cultural issues, and problem solving. He has booked groups into Carnegie Hall, Yankee Stadium, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the Beijing Arts Festival, and more. Whether on stage as a musician or leading a university program overseas, Justin brings a fresh and unique perspective to a team that is committed to using the performing arts to promote the values and standards of Brigham Young University.
Justin and his wife, Kristie, have three children. They are thrilled to be a part of BYU after living in Virginia and Hawaii for several years. Justin has a bachelor’s in communications/public relations from Brigham Young University and a minor in music. He also holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.
Karla J. Schmidt, Office Manager
Karla began working at BYU Performing Arts Management as the Office Manager in 1986. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, where she majored in business. She is a native of Star Valley, Wyoming.
Prior to her employment at Performing Arts Management, Karla worked at the Education Advisement and Certification Office, and Department of Home Economics Education at BYU. She also worked as a secretary in San Francisco, California; Laconia, New Hampshire; and Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Karla and her husband Stan have three children and four grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, traveling, and photography. Favorite places to visit are Hawaii, Florida, Washington, D.C., the Oregon Coast, and Europe.
BYU Performing Arts Management
306 Hinckley Center
Provo, UT 84602