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The Christmas Chronicles
by Tim Slover
Biographies

Tim Slover
Author of The Christmas Chronicles and narrator (Episodes 1 & 8)
Tim Slover

Tim’s plays have been produced off-Broadway (Lamb’s Theatre) and in professional regional and university theaters all over the United States and Canada. In 2008 and 2009, his plays Joyful Noise and Virtue received staged readings at the Hampstead Theatre’s Michael Frayn Space and Arch 468 in London. He has developed a special relationship with the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where three of his plays have been produced, two of them commissions. He has been writer-in-residence at nearby Franklin & Marshall College and Penn State University. A curious and life-altering incident inspired Tim to begin telling his two sons the accounts of what is now the radio drama The Christmas Chronicles.

Tim’s produced screenplays include A More Perfect Union and Minerva Teichert: A Mission in Paint. KBYU-FM produced his A C.S. Lewis Valentine in 2002. Writing awards include the Grand Prize from the 65th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition; the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for playwriting excellence from the Abingdon Theatre Company; the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal; a Hopwood Award; and three drama awards from the Association for Mormon Letters. He was also a nominee for a Public and Community Service Emmy from the National Television Academy.

His plays are published by Samuel French and Encore Performance Publishing. Others of his writings have appeared in National Biography of American Theatre and Sunstone magazine and have been published by Signature Books and Silverleaf Press. With a doctorate from the University of Michigan, Tim directs the playwriting program and teaches dramatic literature at the University of Utah.

Richard Johnstone
Narrator (Episodes 2-8) of The Christmas Chronicles
Richard Johnstone

Richard was an attorney in the United Kingdom from 1969 to 1980, when he decided to leave the profession and take up writing and teaching. He has specialized mostly in children’s and young adult books, writing under the name of Richard Severy. Some of his publications include Mystery Pig, Unicorn Trap, Angel (adapted for stage), Battlefields, and Sea Change.

He won third place in the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Contest (2004) with a comedy about a garage run by female mechanics, and the following year was awarded second place for his screenplay Journey to Avalon. In 1997, after moving from England, he began teaching at Utah Valley University and later was adjunct faculty. Richard Johnstone passed away in September of 2010. He lived in Sundance, Utah with his wife, American pop artist Jann Haworth.

Robert Rowberry
Composer for The Christmas Chronicles
Robert Rowberry

Born in Pasadena, California, Rob grew up in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended Brigham Young University, studying music composition and electronic music. His musical experiences range from rock band tours to multimedia shows and piano recitals to musicals and choral work. He has a Masters Degree in Music Composition from BYU plus doctoral studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Since 1990 he has been recognized as a composer, multimedia developer, and sound designer for numerous major corporations, including MIDI composer for Yamaha Corporation’s main office in Japan. Rob has composed hundreds of music compositions, including over 35 themes and motives for The Christmas Chronicles. He and his wife, Joyce are members of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


Jacqueline Tateishi
Technical Producer for The Christmas Chronicles
Jacqueline Tateishi

Jacqueline is the producer for Highway 89--Classical 89’s LIVE music performance program. During her time at the station she has also produced ten radio documentaries with Walter Rudolph, including three UBEE award winning programs—The Christmas Chronicles (Gold 2010), Birgit Nilsson: The Swedish Sphinx (Silver 2009), and Steinbeck’s Operatic Oakies (Gold 2007).

As technical producer for The Christmas Chronicles, she was often searching for (and in some instances creating) the right sound effects. In addition to Jacqueline’s long features, she has produced several short features for Here’s Y. Of particular note are her interviews with the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History about the Greensboro Sit-ins; the Chief Producer of Tokyo Opera City about the Toru Takemistu Composition Award; the cast of Utah Festival Opera; and the President of the Birgit Nilsson Foundation about The Birgit Nilsson Prize.

Jacqueline dances ballet, loves to garden, tries to cook like Jacques Pepin, and currently lives with her husband, Isaku, in Orem, Utah.


Judith Olauson Tourney
Producer for The Christmas Chronicles
Judith Olauson Tourney

Judith is a tenured Senior Lecturer Emerita from the University of California-Santa Barbara, having taught for 30 years in the Department of Dramatic Art and Dance. She is currently an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and teaches Irish Drama for Elder Quest, Provo, Utah. In addition to academic and administrative responsibilities at UCSB, she helped found and headed the prestigious BFA Acting Training Program, served as a staff theatre director, directing over 60 productions, and, as a founding member, directed and performed with the faculty production company, Theatre Artists Group. She has been a guest artist for several theatre companies, both as a performer and director, specializing in Greek classics, Shakespeare and Irish drama. She has worked in live theatres in Scotland, the Intermountain Area, California, Texas, Minnesota and Washington DC. She received the PhD and MFA degrees in Theatre Production and Design from the University of Utah and the BA degree in Speech and English from Brigham Young University. She is the author of the book, The American Woman Playwright, a survey of selected American women dramatists. Recently, she has staged productions, readings, and lecture-demos for Brigham Young University’s Humanities Festival and the Museum of Art. She presently serves as a producer/performer for KBYU-FM Classical 89 Radio. As producer of “Christmas Chronicles,” she is experiencing, for her, an entirely new kind of theatre through radio.


Walter B. Rudolph
Executive Producer for The Christmas Chronicles
Walter B. Rudolph

Walter is tied to Christmas by his surname. Representations of his reindeer namesake are noted in his office, study, home and car. As the long-time manager of Classical 89, he always sought new Christmas programming. The old-time-radio children’s series, The Cinnamon Bear was an early sample. Christmas Teton Tales was his 1st dramatic effort, bringing Francis L. Urry into the KBYU-FM studios. Walter introduced broadcasts of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, from King’s College in Cambridge, England. He produced numerous programs on the birth of Christ; among them, The Christmas Story in Words and Music, produced with the late Max Golightly. He introduced Pierné’s Les enfants a Bethleem, The Play of Herod, La Montaine’s carol program, and broadcasts of BYU’s Celebration of Christmas. He also guided the national radio program, Glad Tidings. Recent creations include Holy Night – A German Christmas, An Art Song Christmas and A Romanian Christmas.


Tim Slover and Walter discovered each other’s passion for “things Christmas” in 2002. As Tim revealed his secret knowledge of The Green Book, Walter jumped on the idea of a dramatic, multi-part reading for Christmas. Together, they pursued converts to the idea, but found Rolf Eckhof already at work. It took until 2008 to finally firm the idea and pursue it to fruition. He praises the Tourney – Tateishi production team and the creativity of Slover, Johnstone and Rowberry. Walter embraces The Christmas Chronicles fervently. “Hope and joy. They are enough to live a life on” has become a personal adage. It also becomes the culmination of his career at BYU Broadcasting.