Dr. Marion J. Bentley

Fine and Performing Arts

Dr. Marion J. Bentley (1928-)

was born in St. George, Utah. After receiving an Associate in Science degree at Dixie College, he completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah, a Master’s degree at Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Utah. Additional studies were completed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the Webber-Douglas School, all located in London, England.

He spent 13 years as a professor and department chair in English, Speech and Drama and as Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Dixie College. Marion was responsible for taking theatre to new heights at Dixie College, especially musical theater. He has a talent for taking average students and turning them into incredible performers. His students have performed all over the world, designed sets for major Broadway productions and performed as members of the Metropolitan Opera. While on sabbatical in London, he directed Promised Valley, and then brought two members of that cast back to Dixie College to continue their studies.

He is “Dixie College from head-to-toe” and when he brings performances to St. George to raise scholarship funds for Dixie, they are quickly sold out. He is still involved in musical theater as he serves on Tuacahn Board of Directors. He and his wife, the former Deanna Hawkins, are the parents of six sons.