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Faculty | B.A. in Theatre

Zachary Bortot

  • Assistant Professor, Theatre

  • M.F.A., Regent University
  • B.F.A., University of Nevada, Reno

Prior to his work at Biola, Zachary Bortot served as the director of development for the Chicago based non-profit Christian theatre company, Honest Theatre. During this time he also studied improvisational comedy at the legendary iO theatre. In his career, he has spent years working as an actor, director, writer, fight director and instructor in a variety of locales and venues in the United...


Presently teaching: Production Practicum I, Theatre Appreciation, Voice and Speech for the Actor, Theatrical Makeup, Theatre Topics: Improvisation, Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Production Practicum II, Playwriting for Performance, Communication Practicum, Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and the Business of Acting, Communication Seminar: Stage Combat, Movement for the Actor and Directed Research.

Research Interests

  • Theatre of Cruelty
  • Immersive Theater
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality in Performance
  • Faith Integration in the Performing Arts

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Ariel Fernald

  • Adjunct Professor, Theatre

    Ariel Fernald is the co-founder and president of Eastern Sky Theatre Company. Together with her husband, Trey Fernald, they have written, directed and/or produced over one hundred pieces for the stage and screen. They mobilize and disciple Christian artists to impact the world with the gospel. Their company mounts live comedies, dramas and musicals as well as faith-based films like the award...

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    Natalie Wilson

    • Adjunct Professor, Theatre

      Natalie Wilson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is a professionally trained dancer/ choreographer, and is a certified actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. Natalie serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, and is a member of the...

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      Todd Lewis

      • Professor Emeritus

      Rebekah Bortot

      • Adjunct Professor, Theatre
      • Choreographer, BYT

        Rebekah Bortot is from Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in 2012. She has taught in the arts for eleven years and currently serves as choreographer for Biola Youth Theatre. Before coming to Biola, she was a founding member of the Chicago non-profit Christian theatre company, Honest Theatre. While there, she studied improv at the iO Theater. In her spare time, she enjoys...

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        Andy Cole

        • Adjunct Professor, Theatre

          Andrew Cole received his Master of Fine Arts and began his career as an art director in film and television, working for some of Hollywood’s biggest studios and production companies. His love for its immediacy, combined with a passion for artistry, led him to the world of theatrical design where he has worked as prop master and scenic designer for over a decade. Recent shows include: Prop...

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