Beth Osnes
Assistant Professor

  Room C1B84 University Theatre Building
261 UCB
Boulder CO, 80309-0261

Fall 2020 Office Hours
Tuesdays 11am-12:30pm and by appointment 

Research Interests

I am a theatre and performance studies scholar/artist who is active in applied performance and creative climate communication. My career focuses on publication while integrating performance and process-oriented work as its underpinnings and exploratory elements: my creative work informs research and vice versa.  My current primary interest resides in the use of performance as a tool for supporting youth in empowering their civic voices.


Beth Osnes PhD, is an Associate Professor of Theatre and an Environmental Studies associate at the University of Colorado. As co-director of Inside the Greenhouse, an initiative for creative communication on climate, she toured an original musical Shine to Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities locations to facilitate youth voices in resilience planning, and published the book Performance for Resilience: Engaging Youth on Energy and Climate through Music, Movement, and Theatre. Open Source Materials for Shine are available through the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network. As co-founder of SPEAK she recently published a curriculum for vocal empowerment for young women’s civic voices that is evidence-based with Dr. Chelsea Hackett and the MAIA Impact School in Guatemala. Her book Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development includes her work specific to gender equity in Panama, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua and the Navajo Nation. She is featured in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (