Beth Osnes
Assistant Professor

Office: University Theatre Building C1B84

Affiliated Departments

Theatre & Dance

Research Interests

Beth Osnes is an applied theatre practitioner, a theatre scholar, and a solo performer. She is passionate about using theatre as a tool for women to empower their voices for participation in the development that impacts their own lives and communities (see her most recent book Theatre for Women's Participation in Sustainable Development, Routledge 2014). Her Vocal Empowerment Workshop has been hosted by international non-governmental organization and universities in India, Ethiopia, Panama, Namibia, Guatemala, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nicaragua, the Navajo Nation and in cities across North America.


Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder


Beth is a co-founder of Inside the Greenhouse, an endowed initiative on the CU campus to celebrate creative climate communication. With Mothers Acting Up (2002-2011), Beth toured a program in partnership with Philanthropiece Foundation entitled, The (M)other 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. This program consisted of a one-woman show written and performed by Osnes, (M)other, and the Empowering Mother Voices workshop, also created and facilitated by Osnes. From 2009 to the present, she has been developing a methodology specific to gender equity in clean energy development using theatre as a tool to include the voices of the women living in poverty in the planning and implementation of development projects. She has presented on this work at the World Renewable Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver in 2012, and the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in 2012. She has published books and many articles on women's vocal empowerment, gender equity in sustainable development, mothering, activism, and the Asian performing arts.