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Maria Beach

Job Title: Assistant Professor
Organization affiliation:

Oklahoma State University

Location: Austin, TX
Education:

PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from University of Texas at Austin.
MA in Theatre from Villanova University.
BS in Theatre and Fine Arts and MEd in Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University.

Biography:

Maria Beach is an Assistant Professor of Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism at Oklahoma State University, where she is also the Graduate Coordinator for the Theatre Department. She holds a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin, a MA in Theatre from Villanova University, and BS/MEd degrees from Vanderbilt University. She has worked as a dramaturg at both academic and professional/alternative theatres, including Hudson/Stageworks, Vortex Repertory Company, Renaissance Austin Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays.

Dr. Beach's research interests include theatre and war/peace, plays about gender violence, female dramatists, dramaturgy, and diverse American theatre and drama. Her current research projects include a book about American stage women's activism and World War I. She is a former Dramaturgy Debut Panelist at ATHE and is active with that organization's Dramaturgy and Women and Theatre Program focus groups.

Areas of Expertise:

Plays by women, theatre and war/peace, 20th and 21st century American drama and theatre, reinterpretations of classic plays

Recent Work:

A staged reading of "Veils" by Tom Coash at Hudson/Stageworks.
"Oklahoma Voices," a devised piece based upon oral histories.

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