Growing up Kayti Stumpf dreamed of being a dance teacher, but as time went on her dreams evolved into a new passion. Stumpf grew up in various parts of the country. Her father, Jeff Stumpf, serves in the military coast guard. Due to her military family upbringing, she was home schooled her whole life. She is the oldest of five. She has one brother and three sisters who all grew up very close together. As a family, they love theater and game nights. The Stumpf family are very competitive with each other.
In the winter of 2014 Stumpf left her home to study at Brigham Young University-Idaho to pursue a dance major. Walking onto campus for the first time was a lot like the scene from frozen when Princess Anna sings “For the First Time in Forever”. Stumpf says, “It was overwhelming because everything was so big, but at the same time is was exhilarating because for the first time you were on your own. I was in charge of my own destiny!” Stumpf eagerly leaped into college life with as much enthusiasm as a Disney cartoon. Stumpf loves attending Brigham Young University-Idaho because “everyone is super helpful and nice, you have friends wherever you go.”
After a year of college Stumpf left for the mission field. Serving a mission was in her life plans since she was 15-years old. When the age changed for sister missionaries, making it possible to serve as soon as 19-years old, Stumpf took that opportunity to leave for the Salt Lake City East Mission April 2015.
It was in the mission field that she met a member who worked at a second chance high school. Second chance high schools are a place where teens who got kicked out of their regular high school get a second chance to finish getting their high school diploma. Stumpf learned more about what working at these second chance schools was like and was inspired by what this member did for her job.
When she returned from her mission back to Brigham Young University-Idaho she promptly changed her major to Theatre Education with a minor History Education. She hopes to teach theater at a second chance high school to at-risk youth one day. Stumpf looks forward to “changing kids lives and making them feel loved. Some of these at-risk youth may not feel loved, but I have enough love for all of them!”
One of Stumpf’s favorite classes she’s taken in her major is Theatre Tech. “It’s very hands on and I’ve learned a lot. Now I know how to set up lights, sound system, and set. These are things I never learned before.” This class, as well as most of the theater classes on campus, is held in the Eliza R. Snow building. This semester Stumpf worked backstage at the Northanger Abbey where she was able to put her new skills in tech to good use.
When Stumpf graduates from BYU-I her students will know and feel just how much she loves them because of all her hard work it took to get there. Although in her youth she didn’t know she would be pursuing theater education Stumpf trusted her inspiration and has found the path to the life she is passionate about. She is a great example of loving the life you live.
Eliza R. Snow
The Performing and Visual Arts Department building is named after the prolific historian, writer of poetry, and second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Relife Society, Eliza R. Snow.
It is the only building on BYU-I campus named after a woman and is home to the Barrus Concert Hall which holds a Rufatti Organ that has 3,833 pipes and took 21 years to complete (1983 – 2004). The Barrus Concert Hall can seat 700 people. A recital hall, Drama Theater, full costume and prop shop, practice room and a concert hall are housed in this building.
The Drama Theater – The school performs four plays a year in this theater which seats 541 people
Before the Snow building, the old gymnasium used to reside in its spot. The old gymnasium burned down and the school made new plans for the Snow to take its spot.