Performing 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
- "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
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Academy Fight Song involves PA alumni, faculty
in world-premiere production at Boston Center for the Arts.
Kinky Boots actor comes home.
Following a stint on Broadway, Lauren Chapman '12 returns to Boston in the Tony award-winning show's national tour.
Assistant Professor Christina Marin recieves service learning innovation grant
to support collaboration between Emerson's Theatre Education graduate program and ¡ACCIÓN! Community Theater (ACT) in Hyde Square.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!