Beth Wynstra

Assistant Professor

Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
781-239-5516

Bio

Beth Wynstra teaches courses in American Drama, Acting, Modernism, and Rhetoric. She holds a Ph.D. in Theater Studies from the University of California at San​ta Barbara and a certificate in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. Beth is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled “I Only Act a Part You’ve Created”: Marriage and Modernity on the American Stage which investigates the agency, persuasive tactics, and status of wife characters in the plays of Eugene O’Neill. She has written extensively on the life and plays of Eugene O’Neill and serves on the board of the Eugene O’Neill International Society. Beth regularly directs plays and musicals at Babson and is the Founding Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theater. From 2013 until 2015 Beth served as the first Faculty Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of California

Academic Interests

Rhetoric; Public Speaking and Performance; Rhetorical history and theory; Eugene O'Neill; Modern Drama; Political Theater

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017

  • HUM 4620: CONSTRUCTING AND PERFORMING THE SELF
  • LVA 2002: SF:THEATER POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE SF
  • AHS 1000: AHS FOUNDATION

Degree Courses 2015-2016

  • LVA 2003: DRAMATIZING THE AMERICAN DREAM (LIT)

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Wynstra, C.B. (2016). "Eugene O'Neill: Inside and Outside the Classroom". Eugene O'Neill Review, The, 37, 185-188.
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2015). The Second Girl, performance review. Eugene O'Neill Review, The, 36
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2014). "It Sounds Wonderful, Doesn't It?”: Promises of Marriage in the Plays of Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill Review, The, 35(1), 1-14. link

Book Chapters

  • Wynstra, C.B. (in press). From Page to Stage: Dramaturging the Female Voices of the Provincetown Players". In Janine Utell (Ed.), Teaching Modernist Women Writers in English. New York, New York: Modern Language Association of America
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2012). Critical Lens: A Rhetorical Approach to O’Neill’s Early Wife Characters. In Steven Bloom (Ed.), Critical Insights: Eugene O'Neill. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2015). “Arts and the Entrepreneur: The Sorenson Center for the Arts”.“Arts and the Entrepreneur: The Sorenson Center for the Arts”. Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing

Others

  • Wynstra, C.B. (in press). From Page to Stage: Dramaturging the Female Voices of the Provincetown Players". New York, New York: Modern Language Association of America
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2012). Review of "Long Day's Journey into Night". University Park, PA: Penn State University Press link

Presentations

  • "This Is Not a Lecture: The Rewards of Student-Generated Productions."
    Wynstra, C., Rourke, K. "This Is Not a Lecture: The Rewards of Student-Generated Productions." Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Austin, Texas (2017)
  • A Normal Day, Rita's Way: Film Screening and Facilitated Discussion
    Rourke, K., Wynstra, C. A Normal Day, Rita's Way: Film Screening and Facilitated Discussion Babson New Student Orientation 2016, Babson Park, MA (2016)
  • "Eugene O'Neill: Inside and Outside the Classroom"
    Wynstra, C. "Eugene O'Neill: Inside and Outside the Classroom" Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (2016)
  • Everything You See Here is True
    Rourke, K., Wynstra, C. Everything You See Here is True CWEL Coffee for Faculty and Administration, Babson Park, MA (2016)
  • "The Second Girl and Its Connections to O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night"
    Wynstra, C. "The Second Girl and Its Connections to O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night" The Humanities Forum, Boston, Massachusetts (2015)
  • "‘Then Nothing Would Ever Have Happened’: Mary Tyrones Memories and the Rehearsal of Nostalgia in O’Neill’s Marriage Plays"
    Wynstra, C. "‘Then Nothing Would Ever Have Happened’: Mary Tyrones Memories and the Rehearsal of Nostalgia in O’Neill’s Marriage Plays" Ninth International Conference on Eugene O’Neill, New London, Connecticut (2014)
  • “I Must Be a Mere Protective Animal”: The Modern Marriage in the Works of the Provincetown Players
    Wynstra, C. “I Must Be a Mere Protective Animal”: The Modern Marriage in the Works of the Provincetown Players Inaugural International Conference of the Société d’Etudes Modernistes, Paris, France (2014)
  • Principles for Growing Equity in the Classroom
    Rourke, K., Wynstra, C. Principles for Growing Equity in the Classroom Babson New Faculty Development Workshop, Babson Park, MA (2013)
  • "From Melodrama to Modern Drama"
    Wynstra, C. "From Melodrama to Modern Drama" National Playwrights Conference, New London, CT (2013)
  • "'We're Just Going to Be So Happy, Aren't We Dear?': Approaching Engagements in the Marriage Plays of Eugene O'Neill"
    Wynstra, C. "'We're Just Going to Be So Happy, Aren't We Dear?': Approaching Engagements in the Marriage Plays of Eugene O'Neill" American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA (2013)
  • "Exorcism and its Foreshadowing on Long Day's Journey into Night"
    Wynstra, C. "Exorcism and its Foreshadowing on Long Day's Journey into Night" National Playwrights Conference, New London, CT (2012)
  • "The Rhetoric of Revival: Understanding How The Normal Heart Continues to Beat"
    Wynstra, C. "The Rhetoric of Revival: Understanding How The Normal Heart Continues to Beat" The Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD (2012)