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Portrait of Jeanne Beckwith

Jeanne Beckwith received her PhD in dramatic criticism from the University of Georgia in 1994. Her dissertation, Deviancy on the Stage, critically examined the works of David Mamet and Peter Barnes.

She holds an MFA in playwriting, also from the University of Georgia, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Indiana University.

A playwright whose works have been performed from San Francisco to Istanbul, Beckwith has been included in several “best of” collections. Her short plays appear in collections published by Smith & Krause. Her play A War Story at the Rialto is published by Playscripts, Inc. Her play Mission to Mars is included in the 2015 anthology Geek Theatre published by Underwords Press. The AlphaNYC theater Company recently presented her full-length play Love Letters Made Easy at the Roebuck Theater in New York City. Her sci-fi/horror play The Rhode Island Chapter was produced by Otherworld Theater in October 2016 as part of the Paragon Play Festival in Chicago. Other recent productions include Broken Circle at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, Vt., and The Existential Marionette at The Burlington Fringe.

Beckwith lives in Roxbury, Vt., with her husband, professor and writer F. Brett Cox. She sits on the board of the New England Theatre Conference and is a member of the Dramatist Guild. At Norwich, Beckwith teaches/has taught World Literature, English Composition, Speech, Acting & Directing, Technical Design, Intro to the Stage, and survey courses on American dramatists. She has served as technical director for the Norwich University student drama group, the Pegasus Players, for the past 15 years and as interim theater director in 2016-17. Beckwith will assist the group’s new director, Assistant Prof. Jeff Casey, during the 2017-18 academic year as he takes over the Pegasus Players.

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