School of the Arts Faculty
Dr. Nelson teaches in the area of theatre education, and supervises the field work of students pursuing Massachusetts licensure as teachers of Performing Arts.
Bethany Nelson teaches in the areas of theatre education, playmaking, and multicultural education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught drama and theatre K-12 in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and her research interests are focused on using Applied Drama and Theatre for meeting best practice in multicultural education with at-risk urban youth.
Research on the effects of in-role drama, process drama, and playmaking are published in Youth Theatre Journal, Drama Australia Journal, Drama Research: international journal of drama-in-education and Research in Drama Education Journal: the journal of applied theatre. She regularly presents workshops and papers at national and international conferences and is a contributor to Key concepts in Theatre/Drama Education (2010), an international textbook on the state of the field edited by Shifra Schonmann.
Office: Tufte 703
Current CoursesDrama as Education I (TH460)
Student Teaching Seminar (TH463)
Student Teaching Practicum (TH465)
Drama as Education I (TH660)
Student Teaching Seminar (TH663)
Student Teaching Practicum (TH665)
- "Opening Doors: Drama As Culturally Relevant Pedagogy," (2004). Drama Australia Journal, Vol. 29, no. 1, 2005, pp. 51-62 "Beyond Belonging: The Relationship Between Community and Power for Urban Students of Color," (2009). Drama Research: internationa
Global & Civic Engagement
- She is currently working with urban high school students from Greater Boston through EmersonTHEATRE and the Emerson PATHWAYS program, using playmaking as a tool for helping students develop performance and advocacy skills.
Awards & Honors
- She is the winner of the 2012 ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching, the 2014 Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2014 Leonidas Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award for the New England Theatre Conference, Disting