Department of Theatre Faculty
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Joseph Frost is a playwright, actor and director living in Jackson, Mississippi, with his wife, Shannon and their children, Nina, Darby and Emory and Beau. He earned an MFA in Script and Screenwriting and an MA in Theatre Acting/ Directing from Regent University. Joseph's short plays have been featured around the country on university stages at Malone, Regent, Spring Arbor, Belhaven, and at Gizhou University in China. His bio-play van Gogh was produced at an exhibit of the artist's work at the Chrysler Museum of Art, and his work The Memory Trilogy has been given readings (whole or in part) in VA, MS, NC, and New York City and produced by Belhaven. Joseph's play Oz was developed into the independent feature film Before We Close, and he has penned several short films, including the Cine Award winning The Heart of Saturday Night. Joseph's farce comedy The Mayfair Affair premiered at Belhaven in 2012, and he is developing its follow-up Mayfair, Ma Chére for premiere in 2015. He's written a cycle of short plays, The Long Surrender, inspired by the music of Over the Rhine, and has twice completed the 31 Plays in 31 Days project (a short play each day for the month of August). As an actor, Joseph has performed on stage in over 50 productions, including comedies (Scapino!, Fools, Jake's Women), dramas (Betrayal, All My Sons, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Crucible, Dinner with Friends), contemporary (Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Bald Soprano), original works (Letters to John Lennon, In the Flesh, Pilate, Hymn to the Chesapeake, Holy Motion), musicals (Assassins, The Fantasticks, Gifts of the Magi) and Shakespeare (The Tempest, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and an award-winning turn as Hamlet). He appeared in the independent feature films The Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah and Endings, and was a founding member of the Slap Happy! Improvisational Comedy Troupe. Joseph's directing work has included plays by Shakespeare, Ionesco, Chekhov, Eliot, Brecht, Pinter, and world premieres of Kurt Gerstein by Paul Patton, a performance adaptation of Ecclesiastes, his own works, Braids, The Silent, The Playhouse, and the devised work Johanne d'Arc. Joseph is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a board member and head of the New Works Initiative for Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA), and is the Mississippi state representative to the board of directors of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) from the Mississippi Theatre Association (MTA). Joseph is the artistic director of the floodlight theatre company.
Rebekah Bert (2010) Specialty Instructor of Technical Theatre
B.A., Grove City College
M.A., Binghamton University
Rebekah Bert went to Grove City Collage in Pennsylvania for her Bachelors in Music and Business and a Minor in Theatre, and received her Masters in Technical Theatre from the State University of NY in Binghamton, NY. She started working at Belhaven University as the Technical Director in the fall of 2010.
Rebekah has been a guest designer for Noises Off for SUNY Binghamton, drop design and build for Ballet Magnificant's show of The Snow Queen, and several shows for Millsaps College Theatre department.
Working for Belhaven University has provided her with unique opportunities to problem solve and be creative in the build and production of many different types of theatrical productions. Rebekah looks forward to many more years of creative collaboration for the Belhaven University theatre department.
Kris Dietrich received his theatre training at the University of Missouri at Kansas City under the instruction of John Ezell. During his time there he had the opportunity to interact with and work along side some of the best theatre professionals in the industry. Their influence and teaching fostered an environment where he could not only grow in his craft, but develop into a theatre professional who values hard work, supreme effort, and constructive collaboration.
Kris enjoys all aspects of design and has been fortunate to have worked in theatre for the past 18 years. During that time he has been a part of over 80 productions, many of which he was a principle designer for some aspect of the production. He enjoys finding visual solutions in a quest to tell great stories worthy of an audience. He also enjoys teaching and mentoring his students, always working to build them up into the type of artists that he would want to collaborate with as a colleague.
On a personal note, he is a father to 4 fantastic boys who are an endless source of energy and entertainment, and a man who is lucky to have married his best friend.
Bonnie McNair, Administrative Assistant to Visual Arts & Theatre
Bonnie McNair, originally from Florida, has called Jackson, Mississippi home for almost 18 years. She graduated from Belhaven in 2006 with a B.S. in Psychology. The following year she spent time in French Camp, Mississippi as an intern at French Camp Academy where she ministered to children and teens attending the boarding school. She then enjoyed a summer working at Camp of the Rising Son, as the Registrar, before returning to Jackson and beginning work at Belhaven the fall of 2008. Bonnie is in her sixth year of serving as the Administrative Assistant to Theatre, Visual Art, Arts Administration, and Graphic Design, as well as Camp Administrator for the Summer Arts Camp. She enjoys connecting with students and helping them settle in to their school routine, while assisting the fun and diverse faculty in each department. She and her husband live in Fondren with their dogs and she loves cooking, baking and learning new crafts.
Shannon Frost (2004) Adjunct
B.A., Malone College
M.A., Regent University