Visiting Professor of Theatre, English and Communication Arts
M.F.A., Acting, Regent University
M.A., Performance Studies, Bob Jones University
B.A., Interpretative Speech, Bob Jones University
Honors and Awards
Excellence in Teaching, Bob Jones University, 2010
Society of American Fight Directors, Member
Introduction to Theatre
Basic Acting 2
Movement Techniques for the Actor, the Role of Theatre in the Local Community
Theatre is a uniquely powerful art form. It confronts its audience with the combined powers of several other art forms and adds to them the dynamism of living, thinking, feeling human beings making themselves publicly vulnerable. When practiced skillfully, it has the power to touch, hammer, and even revolutionize hearts. Little wonder it has often been considered dangerous. But this is no cause for anyone—particularly the Christian—to avoid it. On the contrary, audience members and participants must actively engage theatre (and the related art of film). To do so, they must understand how the art has developed and functions so that they can handle its power responsibly.
That said, there are moral aspects of theatre that are difficult to navigate. In the classroom, they should be addressed thoughtfully and examined carefully in the true, revealing light of Scripture. As each student thinks and raises questions, it is imperative that both teachers and fellow students meet their thoughts with grace, kindness, and a challenge to continually dig deeper. Likewise, as they grow in their skills and seek to practice them in educational, community, and professional settings, their teachers must both encourage them to pursue their passion and hold themselves to high professional and moral (Biblical) standards.
Marji Peters was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Her interest in theatre began in middle school, but didn't take formal shape until high school where she took drama classes and participated in her first full-blown productions. By her junior year, she had decided to pursue it as her major course of study in college. In 2008, she graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Interpretative Speech, a type of theatre degree with an emphasis on solo performance. She went on to pursue her Masters degree there in the same field (the degree name changed part way through her studies) and graduated two years later. While working on her M..A, she taught introductory public speaking classes as a graduate assistant and found that she loves teaching almost as much as she loves acting. Consequently, pursuing a terminal degree—an M.F.A.—at Regent University was a natural choice for furthering both passions. She currently has over thirty productions to her credit as an actor, including the lead in an original musical, The Disorientation of Butterflies, which was selected for performance and favorably received at The New York International Fringe Festival.
Outside of the theatre world, her interests are somewhat eclectic. Like her mother, she enjoys music and reading a wide variety of literature. Like her father, she enjoys technology and weaponry, both modern and antique. There are few foods she won't at least try, but when stage managing a show, she subsists primarily on ice cream.