Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Other Departments: Playshop Theatre
Degrees: B.A., Moorhead State University; M.F.A., University of Texas
Phone: (814) 332-2308
Office Location: VCCA 307
T 11:00-12:00 & 1:00-2:00
Others by Appointment
Beth Watkins, Professor of Communication Arts/Theatre, joined the Allegheny faculty in 1986. Professor Watkins received her M.F.A. in Directing from the Department of Drama and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching interests include acting, directing, dramaturgy, devising and adaptation, and film studies. Since 2003 she has co-led experiential learning seminars to Stratford-upon-Avon and London, exploring theatre, art and culture in the U.K.
For the Playshop Theatre, the producing arm of the department, she directs annually. Recent productions include How I Learned to Drive, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Anna in the Tropics and Wedding Band. She has devised productions with student actors and local artists, including Marginalia in Sonnet Form, Chewing Your Fingers to the Bone, and Playing Dirty. Professor Watkins has directed over fifty theatre and opera productions and published articles and performance reviews in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, and The Journal of Medical Humanities. Her chapter “Chick Joint: Adapting (To) Life Behind Bars” appeared in Performing Adaptations: Essays and Conversations on the Theory and Practice of Adaptation by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.