Faculty

Faculty


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Erin Naler

PhD, Aesthetics / University of Texas

Program Coordinator, B.A. in Theatre

Bio

Erin has spent the last twenty years making theatre, teaching theatre, and inspiring students to ask hard questions of reality. She teaches theatre and aesthetics at Bob Jones University and graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas with a doctorate in Aesthetic Studies. Her scholarly and creative work are concerned with place, play-cycles of the American theatre, Texas playwright Horton Foote, the relationship of food to place-making, and the American suburbs. She recently won second place in the American Prize for Directing for a production of Horton Foote’s Trip to Bountiful. She teaches courses in Theatre History, Directing, and the aesthetic affects of the Incarnation. Her most recent roles include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Gertrude in Hamlet, and Goneril in King Lear.

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Anne Nolan

MFA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University

 
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Lonnie Polson

EdD / Bob Jones University

Chair, Communication Division

Bio

Hello! I'm Lonnie Polson, chair of the Division of Communication at BJU. I grew up in New Castle, Indiana and came to BJU as a student in 1972. My wife Margaret and I have two married daughters and four grandchildren. I enjoy reading, golf, and running. I'm an ordained minister who served for ten years as pastor of Community Bible Church of Holly Springs in Inman, South Carolina. I love teaching college students!

From 1978 to 2012 and from 2016 to the present, I served as a faculty member in the Division of Speech Communication. Classes I've taught include Fundamentals of Speech, Classroom Communication, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Acting I, Acting II, Performing Literature, Public Speaking, Oral Communication for the Professions, Advanced Stage Directing, and Media and Society. I've also served in the following administrative positions in the Communication Division: chair of the Freshman Speech Department (1984-88), chair of the Theatre Department (1988-94) and chair of the Speech Education Department (1987-2006). In 2010 I oversaw the realignment of the academic program to form a new Division of Communication. The division houses the departments of Journalism and Mass Communication, Cinema, Communication Studies, Communication Disorders, and Theatre. As a member of BJU's Classic Players, I've acted in or directed over 40 productions. Some of my roles were Othello, King Lear, Henry IV, and Falstaff.

 
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Jeffrey Stegall

MA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University

Acting Certificate / Shakespeare Institute

 

Bio

Jeffrey Stegall has been directing, designing, and acting for almost 40 years.

He has played the title character in Hamlet, Henry V, Richard II, and The Merchant of Venice, as well as more than a baker's dozen of Shakespeare’s clowns. He recently sang the role of Henry Etches in Titanic: The Broadway Musical. His play and opera directing and design credits include over 60 productions.

While at The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City, he studied with James Tripp, Mark Zellar, Peter Lobdell, Mary Lou Rosato, as well other Theatre professionals. He also studied Theatre Design at The University of Oklahoma with Forrest Newlin and Michael Buchwald.

He is founder of The Greenville Shakespeare Company, a nonprofit organization that exists to provide the Upstate of South Carolina and surrounding areas with family friendly, high quality, accessible productions of Shakespeare and other classic works of literature. His most recent production of As You Like It marked GSC's 20th-Anniversary Season.

Jeffrey has performed his one-man show “An Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton” at churches in New Hampshire, Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas.

When he’s not in rehearsals, he enjoys scouring the countryside for antiques with his wife, Kim. They have two wonderful adult children.

 
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Meghan Reimers

MFA Playwriting / Hollins University

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Ron Pyle

Ron Pyle

MA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University

Head, Theatre Arts Department

Bio

Ron is an theatre educator, actor, director and designer who has worked in higher education for over twenty-five years. He has played numerous Shakespearean roles including the title role in Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Claudius in Hamlet, Gloucester in King Lear, Prospero in The Tempest, and the title role in Richard III. Ron has designed lighting, directed shows and acted in community theatre in and around Greenville for many years.

He currently serves as the head of the Theatre department at Bob Jones University.

 

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John Cox

MFA, in Classical Acting Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University

Bio

Leveraging his farm-boy roots and urbanite adaptability, John Michael Cox has been seen in a wide range of roles and performances. His most recent appearance was in the 2019 repertory season of Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting (ACA) at The George Washington University in Washington DC. For this repertory season he, along with fifteen fellow MFA candidates, presented As You Like It directed by Aaron Posner, Macbeth directed by Craig Baldwin, and Measure for Measure directed by Timothy Douglas. Each MFA candidate appeared in two of the three plays on rotation. John Michael's "marvelously comic Touchstone in As You Like It" (DC Metro Theatre Arts) starkly contrasted his performance as the conflicted Claudio in Measure for Measure. These two roles were the final performance requirements for the completion of his Master of Fine Arts degree in Classical Acting.

His ACA course work included: Acting (taught by Alec Wild, Ed Gero, and Floyd King), Text & Rhetoric (Alec Wild and Ed Gero), Voice & Speech (Lisa Beley and Acacia Danielson), Mask & Clown (Dody DiSanto), Stage Combat (Robb Hunter and Bess Kaye), Alexander Technique (Chris Cherry), Movement & Stretch (Roberta Stiehm and Lisae C. Jordan), and Topics in Theatre (Leslie Jacobsen).

Before attending the ACA John Michael and his wife, Allison, led two representative Drama Teams for Bob Jones University. Touring throughout most of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States, the teams were seen in high schools performing two new plays in rotating repertory, addressing prospective students' questions regarding the college experience, and conducting workshops on acting, Shakespeare, and vocal performance.

Previous credits include: Henry VI and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Academy for Classical Acting, Washington DC); The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Greenville Shakespeare Company, Greenville SC); A Christmas Carol (Greenville Theatre, Greenville SC); Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night (Classic Players, Greenville SC).

John Michael is certified with recommendation in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, and Broadsword by the Society of American Fight Directors (2019). He holds his BA & MA in theatre arts
from Bob Jones University, and is a current MFA candidate at Shakespeare Theatre
Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.

www.johnmichaelcox.net

 

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Meghan Reimers is an MFA playwright and professional musician working in Greenville. She’s a graduate of the Masters of Theatre Arts program at BJU and the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University.