Bess Park, PhDProfessor, Theatre
Head, Theatrical Design
Unit: Theatre, College of Communication and Fine Arts
"Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you're in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer." Romans 12:12
Teaching & Education
Over 20 years in Higher Education in theatre and dance, Bess holds an MA, MFA, and a PhD. She is also a graduate and faculty member of the Haden Institute in Dreamwork and Spiritual Direction. She is a certified Somatic Movement Educator and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, a certified Yoga Alliance Advanced Practitioner and a Massage Therapist.
Bess has performed, designed, and directed/choreographed in many venues ranging from professional to educational to community theatre and dance companies. Her Focus now is on Embodied Studies with a concentration in trauma-informed practices that support creativity, imagination, and spirituality. She is the founder and artistic director of her own not-for-profit dance/theatre company Wild Hare Productions, Inc.
Bess has just completed her doctorate in 2022, published through ProQuest, and has several articles in the process. She has presented her work at multiple conferences, including Christians in Theatre Arts, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Conferences Regions II and IV, the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies, and several APA and Humanities conferences. She is currently immersed in developing a training manual, a workshop series in Embodied Dreamwork and Spirituality, and a second workshop series and book in Creativity, Imagination, and the Numinous for the Performing Artist.
Bess has won numerous awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Directing and Designing from Catawba College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and North Greenville University. She was a Marion Woodman Scholarship recipient at Pacifica Graduate Institute and was also the recipient of the first Catalyst Award from the Chamber of Commerce in Greenwood, SC, for her leadership and visionary work at the Greenwood Community Theatre. She has also been awarded excellence in direction and design by the American Association of Community Theatres at the state and regional levels.
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God has put me right where I am for a reason. I am blessed to be a part of this extraordinary university and theatre department.