John M. Bald

Associate Professor of Theatre Emeritus


John retired in May 2015.

John Bald came to Converse in 1982 as the designer/technical director for Theatre/Converse, and assumed his current duties as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance in 1993. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre design from Brandeis University. He has previously taught theatre at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s University, both in St. Paul, MN.

John’s teaching duties include scenery and lighting design, theatre history, stage makeup, play analysis, theatre architecture and public speaking among others. In addition to Theatre/Converse, he has designed productions for the Spartanburg Little Theatre, Theatre Odyssey, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, the Mercer Arts Center (Mass.) and numerous summer theatres.

John is treasurer and past-president of the South Carolina Theatre Association, serves as a respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and is Southeastern Regional Coordinator of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honors Society.