SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Art at Southwest Baptist University

Questions? Contact

David C. Bailey, Ph.D.
Department Chair
(417) 328-1699

Jonathan Wehmeyer
Instructor of Theatre
(417) 328-1954


David Bailey
Jordan Compton
Coleman Crenshaw
Rebecca Godsey
Ben Kilpatrick
Brett A. Miller
Jonathan Wehmeyer

Faculty Associate

Gayla Prewitt



Coleman Crenshaw
Coleman Crenshaw
Visiting Instructor of Theatre
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue, Jester Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Coleman Crenshaw is proud to join the theatre faculty at SBU. He holds an MFA in Theatre: Performance and Society from Rhode Island College. Prior to living and working on the East Coast, he spent time studying Classical Dramatic Literature at Keble College, Oxford University, and finished his undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Sterling College. Since moving back to the Midwest, he has spent the last four years working professionally in Kansas City, having appeared in over 45 productions at more than a dozen theatres. His main teaching and directing expertise lies in non-realistic acting styles and absurdist theatre, having worked with Jean-Claude van Itallie (Bread and Puppet Theatre) and Naum Panovski (Poiesis Theatre Project). He is passionate about theatre as a tool for social change and the ability of storytelling to transcend language and social boundaries. Theatre and the art of storytelling are essential and ancient tools to bolster hope and faith. His innovative early elementary education programming is being used to teach playwriting and acting to young children throughout the Midwest.