David Schwingle to Join Theatre Faculty

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 9, 2024) – David Schwingle will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an associate professor in the Department of Theatre in the Division of Communication in the School of Fine Arts and Communication.

 Schwingle earned a BA and MA in interpretive speech from BJU. In 2014, he completed an MFA in Playwriting as a member of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, where he had regular instruction from acclaimed teachers Todd Ristau, Bonnie Metzgar, Jeff Goode, Kate Bredeson, Megan Gogerty, and John Bergman (of Geese Theatre).

He achieved a Speech, Voice, and Acting Teacher’s Certification (RRT) through the Patsy Rodenburg Institute for Speech and Voice, formerly housed at Michael Howard Studios, in Manhattan, New York. David is also a Patsy Rodenburg Associate (PRA), certified to teach Rodenburg’s approach to classical text and acting. Additionally, he earned a Meisner Certification with Larry Silverberg.

 A voice and acting coach, playwright, actor and director, David has been teaching and creating theatre for over 20 years. He writes original plays, acts in Shakespearean productions, and coaxes actors and new work onto the stage. He has a passion for creating new stories and sharing them with an audience and enjoys helping others do the same.

 This year, he taught Playwriting (Thr 317) at BJU. Next academic year, Schwingle will serve as head of the Theatre department and teach several courses.

 Schwingle, and his wife, April (‘00, Art + Design faculty), have three children. They are actively involved at Emmanuel Bible Church (EBC) with David serving as an elder and April as fellowship coordinator. David served as administrative pastor at EBC for four years.

 “We’re very excited that David is rejoining our faculty,” said Dr. Gary Weier, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He brings a wealth of teaching, theatre, and leadership experience and a strong commitment to BJU’s fine arts program.”