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Jean Reed Bahle
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

Jean has been involved with the arts in West Michigan for the past 35 years as an actor, director, writer and teacher. Jean has served as adjunct faculty in the theatre department since 1994. As an actor she has appeared in over 50 shows, working with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Grand Rapids Civic, Circle Theatre, and most prominently with Actors' Theatre where she has won numerous Grand Awards for her work as an actor and director.

As a playwright, she has been commissioned and has had produced several plays including one for the students at Hope in 1996. In addition, Jean continues to be active as a free-lance talent in radio, industrial films and TV.

Jean has taught the beginning Acting classes, Play Analysis, Introduction to Theatre and Playwriting in addition to Encounter with the Arts. Professional development studies have included two intensives with the Royal National Theatre in London as well as class work in New York City.


  • B.A. Secondary Education (English major, Fine Arts minor) - University of Michigan, 1972

Email: bahle@hope.edu