Faculty Profiles

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 Santa 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”: Eugene O'Neill's Wife Characters, A Reconsideration, 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 2019

    • LVA 2002 SF:THEATER POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE SF
    • THR 4600 THEORY TECH AND PRAC OF CONTEMP ACTING
    • HUM 4620 CONSTRUCTING AND PERFORMING THE SELF
    • LVA 2002 SF:THEATER POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE
  • Degree Courses 2018

    • LVA 2003 DRAMATIZING THE AMERICAN DREAM
    • MOB 7501 STRATEGIC WRITING FOR MANAGERS
    • THR 4600 THEORY TECH AND PRAC OF CONTEMP ACTING
    • LVA 2045 MODERNISM AND THE MAKING OF THE NEW
    • LVA 2002 SF:THEATER POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE
    • LIT 4694 EUROPEAN THEATER IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Wynstra, C.B. (2016). "Eugene O'Neill: Inside and Outside the Classroom". Eugene O'Neill Review, The. Vol: 37, Page: 185-188. Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • 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. Vol: 35, Issue: 1, Page: 1-14. Penn State University Press. link

Book Chapters

  • Wynstra, C.B. (2018). From Page to Stage: Dramaturging the Female Voices of the Provincetown Players": Teaching Modernist Women Writers in English. Modern Language Association of America.
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2015). “Arts and the Entrepreneur: The Sorenson Center for the Arts”: “Arts and the Entrepreneur: The Sorenson Center for the Arts”. Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2012). Critical Lens: A Rhetorical Approach to O’Neill’s Early Wife Characters: Critical Insights: Eugene O'Neill. Salem Press.

Other

  • Wynstra, C.B. (2018). Long Day's Journey into Night . Vol: 70, Issue: 2. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Wynstra, C.B. (in press). "Anna Christie". Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2015). The Second Girl. Vol: 36. Penn State University Press.
  • Wynstra, C.B. (2012). Long Day's Journey into Night: The Eugene O'Neill Review. Vol: 33, Issue: 2, Page: 309-312. Penn State University Press. link

Presentations

  • "The Diction of Globally Competent Students: Helping Learners Recognize and Revise Exclusionary Language" Rourke, K. Wynstra, C. Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Austin, TX (2019)
  • “‘The Old Ways Are Dying and A New World is Rising As They Fall’: The American Worker and the San Francisco Mime Troupe's Dramaturgy of Nostalgia.” Wynstra, C. American Society for Theater Research Forum, La Jolla, California (2018)
  • “Pedagogy of Place: Strategies for Putting the City on the Syllabus.” Wynstra, C. Schmitz, P. Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching, Bethesda (2018)
  • "Feminist or Misogynist: Eugene O'Neill and 'Anna Christie'" Wynstra, C. Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston, MA (2018)
  • "Performing Immigration" Wynstra, C. Orchard Cove Lifelong Learning Series, Canton, Massachusetts (2018)
  • "'I Can Always Twist Him Round My Finger': Calculated Love and Fallen Women in the Plays of Eugene O'Neill" Wynstra, C. Eugene O'Neill International Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway (2017)
  • "This Is Not a Lecture: The Rewards of Student-Generated Productions." Wynstra, C. Rourke, K. 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. Babson New Student Orientation 2016, Babson Park, MA (2016)
  • "Eugene O'Neill: Inside and Outside the Classroom" Wynstra, C. Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (2016)
  • Everything You See Here is True Rourke, K. Wynstra, C. 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 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. 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. Inaugural International Conference of the Société d’Etudes Modernistes, Paris, France (2014)
  • Principles for Growing Equity in the Classroom Rourke, K. Wynstra, C. Babson New Faculty Development Workshop, Babson Park, MA (2013)
  • "From Melodrama to Modern Drama" Wynstra, C. 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. American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA (2013)
  • "Exorcism and its Foreshadowing on Long Day's Journey into Night" Wynstra, C. National Playwrights Conference, New London, CT (2012)
  • "The Rhetoric of Revival: Understanding How The Normal Heart Continues to Beat" Wynstra, C. The Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD (2012)
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