Beth Murray

Associate Professor of Theatre Education
Robinson 370
704-687-0243

Beth Murray, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor who coordinates the program in Theatre Education.  With deep practical roots in both K-12 and community-based arts, Beth has worked extensively in school and community settings creating and researching arts-based multimodal literacy environments for and with youth. She has been a public-school theatre teacher, a freelance teaching artist, a program development facilitator, and a playwright/author/deviser for young audiences across her career. Beth’s current trajectories of creative activity and research explore, describe, question, and foster spaces where young people and those who teach and reach them put theatre and all the arts to work for learning and inter-cultural understanding.  The Mamá Goose Project, in which Beth was co-playwright and director of a multilingual play for young audiences as well as a professional development facilitator and principal investigator, exemplifies her collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach. Cotton & Collards: Unearthing Stories of Home through Kitchens & Closets is a current inquiry with local and global artists, educators and the Levine Museum of the New South. Dr. Murray has published in academic and practitioner journals, such as Youth Theatre Journal, English Teaching Forum and Middle School Journal and has contributed to books and anthologies. She is the current editor of Youth Theatre Journal.

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