Erin Naler

PhD, Aesthetics / University of Texas

Program Coordinator, B.A. in Theatre


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.


Anne Nolan


MFA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University

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Lonnie Polson

EdD / Bob Jones University

Chair, Communication Division


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.



Ron Pyle


Ron Pyle

MA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University

Head, Theatre Arts Department


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.



David Schwingle

MFA, Playwriting / Hollins University

RRT / Patsy Rodenburg Institute

Program Coordinator, M.A. in Theatre Arts 


David Schwingle is a voice coach, playwright, an assistant professor of theatre, and an actor. David writes and produces new plays, acts in Shakespeare’s, and coaxes actors and new work onto the stage. David has a passion for creating new stories and sharing them with an audience, and he loves helping others do the same.  

In October, 2014, David completed his MFA in Playwriting as a member of the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University, where he had regular instruction from Todd Ristau, Bonnie Metzgar, Jeff Goode, Kate Bredeson, Megan Gogerty, and John Bergman (of Geese Theatre).

In 2013, David’s full-length play, Gramercy, was selected to be a part of the Playwright's Lab's New Works festival at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA. Gramercy went on to be independently produced in Greenville, South Carolina (September 5-8, 2013). Also in 2013, The Breakaway Project commissioned David to write monologues for a Dublin production, a show featuring a number of monologues by Irish and American playwrights. On July 12, 2014, David's 10-minute play, Winning with Shakespeare!, was produced as a part of Mill Mountain Theatre's 10-minute play festival. 

In 2015, David's short play, Separate, was produced at Tesseract Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri (April 17-25).

In 2016, David’s 10-minute play, The Match, was produced by Showtimers as a part of the celebration of the Roanoke Star.  

In April, 2017, David's 10-minute play Winning with Shakespeare! won the annual new works festival at the Atlantic Stage (Myrtle Beach, SC).

David played Hamlet with Classic Players (Greenville, SC) in April of 2016, a task that led him to begin studying with Patsy Rodenburg at the Michael Howard Studios in NYC. 

David completed a Voice and Acting certification (RRT) through the Patsy Rodenburg Institute for Voice and Speech (2017). 


Jeffrey Stegall

MA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University

Acting Certificate / Shakespeare Institute


Jeffrey Stegall has been directing, designing, and acting for over 30 years.

He has played the title character in Hamlet, Henry V, Richard II, and most recently The Merchant of Venice, as well as a dozen or more of Shakespeare’s clowns. His directing and design credits include over 50 plays and operas.

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 and thereby expand and enhance cultural opportunities in the area; and to share these works of literature with area young people through educational enrichment opportunities as a real-life complement to literature studies; and to provide young artists training/internships.

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 adult children.