DeAnna Toten Beard


Chair, NAST Commission on Accreditation
Elected March 2017, term ends March 2020

DeAnna Toten Beard is Professor of Theatre History and Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Baylor University, where she has taught since 2002. She also teaches in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and co-directs the Baylor in Oxford (UK) study abroad program. In 2012, she was named a Baylor Teaching Fellow. Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor, she taught theatre history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Professor Toten Beard is an active historian with research interests in early twentieth century American theatre and drama. Among her publications are “The Little Theatre Movement” in Blackwell’s Companion to American Literature (2017); “Inspiration and Atmosphere in Getting Together A War Play: Stage Authenticity and the WWI Soldier on the Broadway Stage” in Theatre Annual (2015); “Performance, Preparedness, and Playing with Fire: Major General O’Ryan and U.S. Military Theatricality in the World War I Era” in Public Theatre and Theatre Publics (2012); Sheldon Cheney’s Theatre Arts Magazine: Promoting a Modern American Theatre, 1916-1921 (2009); “Artisan to Artist: The Impact of Gallery Exhibitions of New Stagecraft in the U.S., 1914-1919” in New England Theatre Journal (2007); “American Experimentalism, American Expressionism, and Early O’Neill” in A Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama (2005). Professor Toten Beard is the editor of The Texas Theatre Journal, published annually by the Texas Educational Theatre Association.

Professor Toten Beard was elected to the NAST Commission on Accreditation as a member in 2013.

Professor Toten Beard earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism from Indiana University, a Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English Literature from the University of Mary Washington.
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Updated April 2017