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Theatre Faculty

Bob PetersonLead Theatre Instructor Bob Peterson received degrees in theatre from Emporia State University, studying under nationally respected Dr. Karl C. Bruder. His post-graduate studies have included studying with Jon Jory of the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Ron Daniels of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

An award winning director, Mr. Peterson is also a published playwright. His plays include Heaven Ajar, a historical fiction dealing with the Coolidge presidency, written in cooperation with President Coolidge’s son, John.

As an actor Mr. Peterson has toured the Orient with the USO, and in regional theatre has played “Salieri” in Amadeus, “Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol, and “Saunders” in Lend Me A Tenor.

In film, Mr. Peterson had a leading role in Miramax’s The Crude Oasis receiving “thumbs up” notices from the New York Times and Variety. Most recently, he appeared in featured roles in Casualties starring Mark Harmon, and The Good Things, winner of the Deauville Film Festival for Best Short Film.

Mr. Peterson has been nationally honored by the Kennedy Center in association with the American College Theatre Festival for his playwriting (Heaven Ajar), Design Work (Hank the Cowdog), and acting (Barbershop Quartet).

In 2006, Mr. Peterson was designated as a Kansas Master Teacher.

Peterson can be reached at (316) 322-3261 from Wichita/metro area or by e-mail at bpeterson@butlercc.edu,Office 729

Bernie WonsetlerMr. Wonsetler, a theatre graduate of Emporia State University, joined the Butler Theatre faculty in 1998 as Theatre Designer and Technical Director. In that capacity, he is responsible for the design and production work for all Fine Arts performances as well as oversight and technical direction for the theatre, dance, instrumental, and vocal programs. His teaching responsibilities include Stagecraft, Stage Makeup, and Speech.

Before coming to Butler, Mr. Wonsetler worked as a professional theatre technician for 15 years. He worked for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Vassar Play House, Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and Wichita Community Theatre. His television and film credits include the Miss USA Pageant and the made for television film, Mary White.

Wonsetler can be reached at (316) 322-6818 or 733-6818 from the Wichita/metro area or by e-mail at bwonsetl@butlercc.edu.

Ms. Austin-Fresh, holding a MFA in Theatre from Emporia State University, came to Butler in 2003 after a successful career in secondary education. In addition to directing two productions of the Butler Season, Ms. Austin-Fresh teaches Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, and Speech.gina

In addition to her teaching, she has danced and performed with several theatre companies in Wichita. She is a member of the Mary Jane Teall Board of Directors which recognizes outstanding theatre performances in the Wichita area.

She is active with Kansas Thespians, an organization promoting and supporting theatre arts programs in Kansas schools. She is a recipient of both the Mary Jane Teall Hall of Fame for 25 years of service to Wichita theatre and the Kansas Thespian Hall of Fame Award. Most recently, Ms. Austin-Fresh was presented the Butler Dewey Award.

Ms.Fresh can be reached at (316) 322-3221 from Wichita/metro area or by e-mail at gaustinfresh@butlercc.edu,Office 728