Theatre Faculty & Staff
Jim Shores, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept. of Communication & Theatre
(859) 858-3511, x2348
Dr. Shores chairs the Communication and Theatre Department at Asbury University. He has taught at Asbury since 2015 and before that at Montreat College for 19 years. Dr. Shores has a doctorate in Communication Studies from Regent University with a focus in Entertainment-Education. He has also studied at the Act One Hollywood Writer’s Program. He and his wife Carol have a Christian theatre company, Acts of Renewal. They have toured nationally for 27 years, writing and performing plays & short films for conferences, universities, and churches. They have written for Focus on the Family, Family Life, and the Billy Graham Association. In his spare time, Dr. Shores enjoys hiking, travel, writing, and history.
His play on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien has been selected by 4Front Theatre to be featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland 2021. He and Carol will be taking Asbury students there in August to perform it, after studying at the Globe Theatre in London for two weeks.
Carol Anderson, M.F.A.
(859) 858-3511, x2207
Professor Anderson has an MFA in Acting from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BA in Biblical Studies and American Studies from Barrington College. Carol teaches acting and directing courses. She has also directed several plays for Asbury’s Theatre Departnent, as well as the sold-out show “Crowned with Glory and Honour” that Asbury students performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2019). Prior to Asbury, Carol taught at Montreat College as Associate Professor of Theatre. Carol is also a professional actress and in her other life performs nationally with husband Jim Shores as Acts of Renewal.
She has spoken and performed at over 60 of the CCCU schools across the country as well as at Harvard. Her one-woman show on eating disorders was aired on PBS. Their work combining professional theatre and speaking has given them ministry opportunites to present across the US, UK and Israel. As Acts of Renewal, Carol has been able to to offer Asbury students professional theatre/ministry opportunities; such as directing the show that gave 6 students opportunity to perform with them on a Familylife marriage cruise performing for the audience of 2500. Asbury students also performed with Carol in Nancy DeMoss’ Revive Our Hearts women’s conferences, where their performances live streamed to over 400,000 globally. Investing in the next generation of artists is one of Carol’s highest priorities. She’s excited about new opportunities both in the classroom and out as we’ve been asked to bring Asbury students back to the 2021 Edinburgh Festival and are in the midst of creating theatre projects to meet the COVID-19 challenge.
Catherine Gaffney, MFA
(859) 858-3511, x2207
Professor Gaffney is delighted to be an adjunct professor at Asbury University. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Catherine holds a BA in Theatre (San Francisco State University) and an MFA in Acting and Directing (Regent University). A professional stage actress for over 30 years, some of her favorite roles include Beau Jest (Sarah) at Taproot Theatre, Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs) and The Lady With All The Answers (Ann Landers/Eppie Lederer) at Cortland Repertory Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest (Miss Prism) with AthensWest and most recently Holes (The Warden) at Lexington Children’s Theatre. In addition to her stage work, she is also a voice over talent and film actress (Can I G
et A Witness Protection? now on Amazon Prime). Her favorite role is wife to writer & professor Sean. Catherine is a member of Christians in Theatre Arts, Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Kentucky Theatre Association. She is also an Equity Membership Candidate and a former member of SAG-AFTRA.