Theatre & Dance Department
Beth Osnes PhD, is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is a non-voting member of the Environmental Studies faculty. She is co-founder and co-director of Inside the Greenhouse, an endowed initiative on the CU campus to inspire creative communication on climate. She recently toured an original new musical Shine to select cities that are a part of the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative to engage youth voices in resilience planning. She has developed a method towards vocal empowerment for young women that she is researching with Non-Governmental Organizations in Guatemala, Tanzania and the USA. This is based on previous work using theatre as a tool for women to empower their voices for participation in their own sustainable development with communities in Panama, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua, and the Navajo Nation. She has presented that work at the 2010 World Renewable Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, the 2012 World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, and the 2012 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio. She also has conducted field research as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia; published books (including Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development with Routledge) and many articles on women’s vocal empowerment, gender equity in sustainable development, mothering, activism, and the performing arts. She is featured in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion. Her original solar-powered shadow puppet performance, Clean Energy Access: The Musical was performed at schools in the Navajo Nation and at the Castillo Theatre in New York City. As cofounder of the former Mothers Acting Up (2002–2011), she toured a program, in partnership with Philanthropiece Foundation, entitled the MOTHER tour, to locations around the world to create a global community of mothers moving from concern to action on behalf of their most passionate concerns. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, JP, and has three children, Peter, Melisande, and Lerato.