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  • Ph.D. Wayne State University
  • M.A., Purdue University
  • B.A., Biola University


Kate Brandon is a full-time associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre at Biola University. She takes a hands-on approach to teaching through devoted interaction and mentorship of her students. At Biola, she has taught and continues to teach a wide range of classes from Dramatic Theory to Directing for Theatre. Professionally, Brandon seeks growth through collaboration with her colleagues and through participation in various professional organizations. In addition to her 10-year Biola academic contributions, Brandon has extensive work experience in the entertainment industry as a production coordinator, a program assistant, and an executive assistant and coordinator with major companies like ABC and the Fox Family Channel. She lives in the Los Angeles area and has used her theater gifts and talents by supporting her church's drama ministries. Currently, Brandon is actively working toward publications in the area of the intersection of theatre and Christianity.


  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Arts & Entertainment Ministries (AEM)
  • Christians in Theater Arts (CITA)

Publications (Selected)

In Progress:

  • Journal article and book proposal based on dissertation research and findings
  • Object Identification in Organizations: A Multi-Faceted Interaction Process


Conference Presentations:

  • The Capstone: Models, Missteps, and Masterpieces. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Las Vegas, 2017
  • Directing by the Book: Texts for the Classroom. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Las Vegas, 2017
  • Integrating Faith in Classes and Productions. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Las Vegas, 2017
  • Directors on the Line: Meeting Programming and Production Needs Within Challenging Circumstances. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Chicago, 2016
  • Panelist: Small Christian Theatre Programs in Motion: A Panel and Discussion about Play Selection, Copyright Law, Gatekeepers, and Audience Demands. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Chicago, 2016
  • Classroom and Program Assessment in Theatre Departments. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Chicago, 2016
  • The Land of Narrative: Journey of Discovery. Paper accepted by the Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA) for the 2003 convention in San Diego
  • The Cinderella Syndrome: Fairy Tale Communication to Women. Paper competitively selected by and presented at The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Conference (OSCLG), Minneapolis, 2002
  • Panelist: Moving Forward, Looking Back--Forensics, Performance Studies and Theatre: Intersection and Convergence of Three Subcultures, Theatre Division, National Communication Association (NCA), 2004
  • Panelist: We Don’t Need No Grown-ups: A Discussion on Student-Run Forensics Programs, National Forensics Association, National Communication Association (NCA), 2003

Research Interests

  • Play Analysis
  • Advanced Theatre Directing
  • The Intersection of Christianity and Theatre
  • Sociodrama


Presently teaching: Dramatic Theory, Directing for Theatre, Theatre Appreciation, Drama for Christian Ministry and Production Practicum.

Past courses taught include: Dramatic Design and Criticism, Interpersonal Communication, Stagecraft, Reader's Theater, First Year Seminar

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