Faculty | Theatre, B.A.

Zachary Bortot

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Theater)

    Zachary Bortot, assistant professor of theater, comes to Biola from Chicago, where he served as a founding member of the Christian non-profit theatre company, Honest Theatre. While starring in and producing several productions, Bortot also studied and performed improv comedy at the legendary iO theatre. While he still serves as the director of development for Honest Theatre, Bortot is thrilled...

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    Kate Brandon

    • Associate Professor of Theatre

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

    Dr. 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 First Year Seminar. Professionally, Dr. Brandon seeks growth through...

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

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

    Research Interests

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

    Dorothy Alston Calley

    • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

    • Ph.D., Loughborough University (2019)
    • M.A., School for International Training
    • B.A., Biola University

    Dorothy Alston Calley serves at Biola as an assistant professor of communication studies. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, has a masters degree in social justice in intercultural relations from the School for International Training and a B.A. in communication studies from Biola University. Professor Calley has served as an AmeriCorps member...

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    Communication and Diversity, Interpersonal Communication, Oral Interpretation, Introduction to Public Communication, First Year Seminar

    Research Interests

    • Birth Communication
    • Third Culture Learners
    • Gender
    • Diversity

    Daniel Elliott

    • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    • Director of Forensics

    • M.A., Biola University
    • B.A., Biola University

    Daniel began his preaching in Christian ministry at the age of 15. He worked as a summer missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with children in the greater Whittier area. His passion for evangelism led him to study at Biola University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Bible in 1998. After college, he became a teacher...

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    Todd Lewis

    • Professor Emeritus

    Timothy Muehlhoff

    • Professor of Communication Studies

    • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • B.A., Eastern Michigan University

    While teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Muehlhoff received his department's highest award for teaching and has been recognized by the International Communication Association for outstanding teaching. In his M.A. thesis Dr. Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed...

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    Research Interests

    • Interpersonal communication
    • persuasion
    • cultural analysis
    • rhetoric
    • hate speech
    • social justice
    • marital communication
    • gender