Beth Wynstra holds a Ph.D. in Theater Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In her dissertation, "Revolutionizing Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Revolution: Language, Persuasion, and Action in the Modern American Political Theater," she applies Aristotelian notions of rhetoric to 20th century political performance. Beth has taught courses on rhetorical theory, public speaking, modern drama, American theater, community-based theater, and acting. In 2007 she was one of five graduate students campus-wide to win the outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the U.C. Santa Barbara Academic Senate. She has published work in Theatre Journal and Laconics, and her original one-act play Always, Gene was produced at the 2009 Eugene O'Neill Festival in Danville, California and will be produced in September, 2010 at the Irish American Heritage Center Theater in Chicago. Beth serves on the board of the Eugene O'Neill International Society, and she is currently preparing an article on the 1913 Pagent of the Paterson Strike.