Faculty | B.A. in Theatre

Zachary Bortot

  • Assistant Professor of 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...

View Full Profile

Courses

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

Kate Brandon

  • Associate Professor of Theatre

  • 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...

View Full Profile

Courses

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

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...

View Full Profile

Courses

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...

View Full Profile

Todd Lewis

  • Professor Emeritus

Timothy Muehlhoff

  • Author, Speaker and Research Consultant
  • 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, Tim 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, Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with...

View Full Profile

Research Interests

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

You may also be interested in

B.A. in Cinema and Media Arts

School of Fine Arts and Communication

B.A. in Communication Studies

School of Fine Arts and Communication

B.A. in English

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

B.F.A. in Studio Art

School of Fine Arts and Communication

B.M. in Music Education

School of Fine Arts and Communication

B.M. in Music Performance

School of Fine Arts and Communication

B.S. in Studio Art

School of Fine Arts and Communication

Minor in Music

School of Fine Arts and Communication

Minor in Secondary Education

School of Education

Minor in Theatre

School of Fine Arts and Communication