Walter O. Williams, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication & Theatre

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

Educational Experience
  • MA 2008, UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television: Critical Studies
  • MA 2005, San Diego State University: Theatre
  • PhD 2000, Regent University: Rhetoric
  • MA 1992, Regent University: Journalism & Professional Writing
  • Graduate Study 1988-89, Yale School of Drama
  • BA 1987, UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television: Theater

Teaching Experience

2000 ---- Professor, Communication & Theatre

Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California


  • COM 100 Principles of Human Communication
  • TRE 101 Introduction to Theatre
  • TRE 270 Acting I
  • TRE 307 Theatre History
  • TRE 370 Acting II
  • TRE 436 Stagecraft Techniques
  • COM 460 Rhetorical Theories
  • COM 485 Communication, Values, and Society

1998 - 2000 Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia


  • INT 309 Interdisciplinary Research Methodologies
  • INT 310 Rhetoric & Society
  • INT 410 Approaches to Critical Analysis

1998-2000 Adjunct Professor, Department of Speech and Theatre

Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, Virginia


  • SPD 100 Public Speaking
  • SPD 105 Communication Theory

1995 - 1998 Assistant Professor of Speech & Drama

Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia


  • SPD 103 Oral Communication
  • SPD 237 Rhetorical Theory
  • SPD 323 Argumentation & Debate
  • SPD 350 Research Methods in Speech & Theatre
  • SPD 368 Theories of Communication
  • SPD 422 Senior Thesis in Speech & Theatre

1992 - 1995 Adjunct Professor (Fellow)

Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA


  • COM 500 Comm. Research and Writing (TA)
  • JRN 402 Introduction to Journalism
  • JRN 510 Newswriting and Reporting (TA)
  • JRN 514 Craft of Good Writing (TA)
  • JRN 516 Short Story Writing (team-taught)
  • JRN 522 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing
  • JRN 520 Writing for Children and Adolescents
  • JRN 556 The Literature of Journalists


Publications, Conferences & Colloquia


  • “The Performance of Pain and the Evocation of the Sublime: The Suffering Artist as Phenomenological Prophet.” Accepted for presentation at the 2007 Comparative Drama Conference at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
  • “Setting the World on Fire Merely to See it Burn: The Censoring of Bernard Shaw’s Testimony in the 1909 Parliamentary Hearings on Censorship.” Presented at the 2006 Conference of the International Shaw Society at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • "Sehnsucht and the Imagination: Mythopoeia as a signpost to the Divine." Presented at the 2000 National Communication Association Convention in Seattle, Washington.
  • “Batman as Mythical Expression through Comic Technique.” Co-authored with Alex Wainer. 1998 Popular Culture Convention, Orlando, Florida.
  • "Spectacular Transcendence: Abundant Means in the Cinematic Representation of African-American Christianity," co-authored with Terry Lindvall and Artie Terry. Howard Journal of Communications, 7:205-220, 1996. (Won the 1997 Best Article Award from the National Communication Association’s RSCA division).
  • “Word of Life, Word of Power: A Comparison of Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine and Longinus’ On the Sublime as Archetypal Spiritual Rhetorics.” Presented at the 1996 Speech Communication Association Convention in San Diego, California.
  • "Dialogic Theory: Toward a Rhetoric of Meaning," presented at annual Colloquium Regent University: Virginia Beach, VA, November, 1994.
  • "Anagogic Theory: Reappropriating Terms for a Spiritual Rhetoric," presented at annual Colloquium, Regent University: Virginia Beach, VA. October, 1993.

Honors, Awards

  • Who's Who Amond America's Teachers, 2005
  • RSCA Best Article, 1997 Award. (Spectacular Transcendence)
  • Artist in Residence, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA, 1992.
  • Full Doctoral Fellowship, Regent University (1992-1995)
  • Full Graduate Fellowship, Yale University (1988-1989)


Professional & Community Service

  • Chair, Faculty Status Committee, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2008-2009

  • Set Design, Make Believe, a world premiere by Kristin Froberg. Salomon Theatre, Spring 2007.
  • Guest Speaker, New Faculty Seminar, “Diversity” Panel, Point Loma Nazarene University, Fall 2004.
  • Panel Respondent, “Rhetorical Themes in The Matrix,” Film Forum, Point Loma Nazarene University, Spring 2003.
  • Faculty Representative, Student Ethics in Communication Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, April, 2002.
  • Director, 2002 Design Jury, San Diego State University.
  • Panel Member/Respondent, New Faculty Seminar, “Survivors” Panel, Fall, 2001.
  • Set Consultant, Shades of Grey, Advanced Video Production Project, PLNU, Spring, 2001.
  • Faculty Representative, California State University Fresno, 28th Student Communication Conference, Fresno, CA, April, 2001.
  • Faculty Representative, Student Ethics in Communication Conference, Pepperdine University, Malibu CA, April, 2001.
  • Judge, Round Robin Debate Tournament of Champions, PLNU, Spring, 2000.
  • Panel Member, "Faith and Film: A Wesleyan Perspective" A collaborative project of research and writing with a student colloquium, Fall 2000.
  • Set Consultant, Hamlet, Salomon Theatre, Fall, 2000.

Professional Affiliations

  • Actors Equity Association (1987—)
  • National Communication Association (1993-2002)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (1994-1998)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (2002—)


Professional Theatrical Stage Management (AEA & Waiver)


  • Production Stage Manager, East of Eden. (World premiere in three full-length parts). Western Stage Co. 1992.
  • Production Stage Manager Damn Yankees. Western Stage Co. 1992.
  • Assistant Stage Manager Moon Over Miami. Yale Repertory Theatre. 1989.
  • Production Stage Manager Struck Dumb, (premiere) with Joseph Chaikin. Mark Taper Forum/Taper Too, 1987.
  • Production Stage Manager War in Heaven, with Joseph Chaikin. Mark Taper Forum/Taper Too, 1987.
  • Stage Manager Boys from Syracuse. Musical Comedy/L.A. Palace Theatre, Hollywood, CA. 1986.
  • Stage Manager Leave it to Jane. Musical Comedy/L.A., Palace Theatre, Hollywood CA. 1986.
  • Assistant Stage Manager New Moon, with Ann Blythe. Long Beach Civic Light Opera, 1986.
  • Assistant Stage Manager Cabaret, with Artie Johnson. Long Beach Civic Light Opera, 1986.
  • Assistant Stage Manager King Roger (English Premiere), Long Beach Opera, 1985.
  • Production Stage Manager White Seal Coat (premiere), Theatre Exchange (waiver). Hollywood, CA. 1985.


Television, Film, and Technical Theatre

  • Staging/Scenic Carpentry Treasures in your Home. PAX Network, 1999-2000.
  • Staging/Scenic Carpentry 700 Club. Christian Broadcasting Network, 1993-99.
  • Staging Big Brother Jake. Family Channel, 1993-1997.
  • Staging Heart to Heart. Christian Broadcasting Network. 1991-1993.
  • Staging Straight Talk. Christian Broadcasting Network. 1991, 1993-1994.
  • Staging If I Die Before I Wake. CBS After-School Special. NorthStar Productions, 1991.
  • Staging The Emancipation of Lizzie Stern, CBS After-School Special. NorthStar Productions, 1993.
  • Electrics Crew Young Messiah. Family Channel, 1993.
  • Electrics Crew Hallelujah Holidays with Sammy Davis Jr. Long Beach Sports Arena, 1986.
  • Production Assistant Gallagher's Messiest Show Ever. Showtime Cable. 1985.
  • Crew Peter Pan, with Cathy Rigby. Long Beach Civic Light Opera. 1985.
  • Crew Sunday in the Park with George. Long Beach Civic Light Opera. Long Beach, CA.
  • Crew Forty-Second Street. Long Beach Civic Light Opera. Long Beach, CA.
  • Load and Hang Crew, Pharmaceuticals Industrial. Universal City, CA, 1984.


PLNU Theatre (2000-2008)

  • Set Design Glass Menagerie, Salomon Theatre, 2008.
  • Director Caucasian Chalk Circle, Salomon Theatre, 2008.
  • Set Design Maids, Salomon Theatre, 2008.
  • Set Design Make Believe, Salomon Theatre, 2007.
  • Set Design & Construction, My Fair Lady, Crill Auditorium, 2005.
  • Director Star Spangled Girl, Salomon Theatre, 2005.
  • Set Design & Construction Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), 2004.
  • Director Uncle Vanya, Salomon Theatre, 2004.
  • Set Design & Construction Relative Terms, Salomon Theatre, 2004
  • Director Arsenic & Old Lace, Salomon Theatre, 2003.
  • Director Talley’s Folly, Salomon Theatre, 2003.
  • Set Design & Construction Sound of Music, Crill Auditorium, 2003.
  • Director Waiting for Godot, Salomon Theatre, 2002.
  • Set Design & Construction Twelfth Night, Salomon Theatre, 2001.
  • Set Design & Construction Into The Woods, Crill Auditorium, 2001.
  • Set Consultant, Hamlet, Salomon Theatre, Fall, 2000.