Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard

Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard

DeAnna M. Toten Beard, MFA, PhD

Associate Professor of Theatre History

Department of Theatre Arts

Phone: 710-6486

Office: HSFAC 202

BIC Course: World Cultures II


Dr. Toten Beard joined the Baylor faculty in 2002 as a member of the Department of Theatre Arts where she teaches theater history, dramatic literature, theory, and dramaturgy. She taught World Cultures II for the first time in Spring 2011. The interdisciplinary and experiential nature of theatre history has made her feel at quite home in the lively atmosphere of the BIC!

As a historian, Dr. Toten Beard's two primary research interests are modernist theatre in early twentieth-century America and military theatricals in the World War I era. Her published work includes the book Sheldon Cheney's Theatre Arts Magazine: Promoting a Modern American Theatre, 1916-1921; book chapters, "Performance, Preparedness, and Playing with Fire: Major General O'Ryan and U.S. Military Theatricality in the World War I Era" and "American Experimentalism, American Expressionism, and Early O'Neill"; and articles, "Susan Glaspell Goes to Law School: Adventures in Reading Trifles with Criminal Practice Students", "Artisan to Artist: The Impact of Gallery Exhibitions of New Stagecraft in the U.S., 1914-1919", "‘The Power of Woman's Influence': Nineteenth-Century Temperance Theatricality and the Drama of Nellie H. Bradley." Dr. Toten Beard holds the MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and the Ph.D. in Theatre History from Indiana University. When not in a theatre or a classroom, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, xeriscape gardening, playing with her Boxer dog, and tending her backyard chicken flock.