DeAnna Toten Beard is the Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Theatre Arts. Dr. Toten Beard joined the theatre faculty at Baylor in 2002 and teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and dramaturgy. She is also a member of the teaching faculty in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. Dr. Toten Beard was named a 2012-2013 Baylor Fellow.
Dr. Toten Beard earned a Bachelor of Arts from Mary Washington College in Virginia, where she also became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She later attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook for the Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy. Her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory is from Indiana University, Bloomington.
With research interests in early twentieth-century American theatre, Dr. Toten Beard's is the author of "Performance, Preparedness, and Playing with Fire: Major General O'Ryan and U.S. Military Theatricality in the World War I Era" in Public Theatres and Theatre Publics from Cambridge Scholars Press (2012) and "American Experimentalism, American Expressionism, and Early O'Neill" in the Blackwell A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama.
Dr. Toten Beard is the author of Sheldon Cheney's THEATRE ARTS MAGAZINE: Promoting a Modern American Theatre, 1916-1921, published by Scarecrow Press.
Her other publications include "A Doughgirl with the Doughboys: Elsie Janis, 'The Regular Girl,' and the Performance of Gender in World War I Entertainment (Theatre History Studies, 2014);
“Susan Glaspell Goes to Law School: Adventures in Reading Trifles with Criminal Practice Students” (Texas Theatre Journal, 2008); “Artisan to Artist: The Impact of Gallery Exhibitions of New Stagecraft in the U.S., 1914-1919” (New England Theatre Journal, 2007); “‘The Power of Woman’s Influence’: Nineteenth-Century Temperance Theatricality and the Drama of Nellie H. Bradley” (Theatre History Studies, 2006).
Dr. Toten Beard is the Editor of Texas Theatre Journal, published annually by the Texas Educational Theatre Association.
Dr. Toten Beard is active in the work of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, serving as an on-site visiting evaluator for schools around the country seeking accreditation or re-accreditation with NAST. In 2012 she was elected to a three-year term on the Commission on Accreditation.