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.
MFA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University
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.
MA, Interpretative Speech / Bob Jones University
Acting Certificate / Shakespeare Institute
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.
MFA Playwriting / Hollins University
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.
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.
MFA, in Classical Acting Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University
John Michael Cox is an actor, director, teacher, and acting coach keen on breaking down barriers and building bridges through the art of storytelling. His farm-boy roots and urbanite adaptability have enabled Mr. Cox to perform and/or direct for over thirty professional, community, and educational productions within the last eight years. Mr. Cox has established himself as a proficient acting coach holding countless coaching sessions and theatre workshops on acting, Shakespeare, and vocal performance which have benefited students, teachers, actors, and public speakers along the east coast from the Carolinas to New Jersey. Mr. Cox is a full-time assistant professor of theatre at BJU and an every-day adventurer with his loving wife, Allison.
In 2019 Mr. Cox was certified with recommendation in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, and Broadsword by the Society of American Fight Directors, and is a current MFA candidate at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting (ACA) at The George Washington University. During his extensive course work at the ACA, Mr. Cox and his fellow candidates, presented six different productions within eleven months collaborating with various directors such as Dan Crane, Paul Reisman, Dody DiSanto, Craig Baldwin, Timothy Douglas, and Aaron Posner.
Mr. Cox trained at the ACA under Alec Wild (Acting, Text & Rhetoric), Edward Gero (Acting & Text), Floyd King (Acting Comedy), Lisa Beley & Acacia Danielson (Voice & Speech), Dody DiSanto (Mask & Clown), Robb Hunter & Bess Kaye (Stage Combat), Chris Cherry (Alexander Technique), Roberta Stiehm (Movement & Conditioning), Lisae C. Jordan (Stretch), and Leslie Jacobsen (Topics in Theatre).
Recent credits include: As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Henry VI, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (ACA); The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Greenville Shakespeare Company); A Christmas Carol (Greenville Theatre); Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night (Classic Players).