Staged Reading: David Veatch's Senior Project

BJU theatre arts Senior, David Veatch, successfully completed his senior project this past week. David chose to create and develop a play for his project. David worked under Faculty member David Schwingle to explore a number of playwriting styles and techniques. Faculty member Erin Naler gave one-on-one feedback during the final phases of the process. The staged reading was directed by BJU M.A. Theatre candidate Nathan Pittack. Congratulations David!

Masters Students in Theatre Produce Staged Reading

For the first half of the Masters in theatre Thesis project, Ashley Gwillim and Amy Murray produced a staged reading of two new plays. Ashley Gwillim wrote the plays while Amy Murray played the central role in each. 

The talk-backs were lively! Look for the production of Antigone that's coming next semester from Ashley and Amy. This production will complete their Thesis work.

M.A. Ensemble Create Derived Play

Under the direction of David Schwingle, the M.A. students in Theatre created a derived play. Using acting exercises, research, and historical photographs, the group created a 70 minute original play in the spirit of Grotowski and Commedia. The group researched a number of historical places and time periods, including rural America in the 1900s, the roots and early days of World War I, treason and imprisonment facts during World War I, and so on. The scenes and dialogue included historical details of place and time. 

Ensemble members include: John Cox, Kaitlyn Chisholm, Rebekah Nason, Bethany Woodfin (dramaturge), Ashley Gwillim, and Amy Murray.


The bare-bones performance was given during the final week of classes. The group hopes to continue work on the script. 

Thinking about Grad. School . . . ?

Thinking about Grad. School in Theatre? The Deadline for applying to the BJU M.A. in Theatre is April 15. Contact David Schwingle or Erin Naler if you have any questions about the program or the application process. 

Below are links to the application instructions and the online grad. school application form.

Check out the PDF for more detailed info. on the program--or ask a current M.A. student or our alumni!


David Schwingle--

—Interested in a GA position to help cover the M.A. Cost? Begin your search here:…

—Program Info:

—Application Page--click on the Grad. application section:




H.S. Festival Participants Create and Stage New Plays in 24 Hours!

During the annual H.S. Festival, high school participants worked with faculty and Theatre Arts Majors and Graduate Stduents to stage new 10 minute plays in Performance Hall. 14 conteststants submitted plays during the contest; the faculty reviewed each play, announced 6 finalists, and chose 3 winning plays for production. The playwrights saw their writing come alive as festival participants performed for an over-capacity crowd in Performance Hall. Playwrights received awards at the end; the best acting ensemble also received acting awards. This marks the 3rd-Annual Playwriting and Acting-Ensemble category in High School Festival.