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Osnes, Beth Associate Professor

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Research

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  • The research of Beth Osnes focuses on 1) using theatre as a tool for young women to empower their voices for self-advocacy and civic participation (she received a major Outreach grant to research her approach) and 2) community engagement through performance for youth. She also uses this vocal empowerment work to focus specifically on gender equity in renewable energy development. She has presented on this work at numerous conferences and has done original field research in Panama, Guatemala, India, Namibia, Nicaragua, Tanzania and the Navajo Nation and has published on her findings. Also, she is co-founder of Inside the Greenhouse (ITG), an endowed initiative on the CU campus for creative climate communication. She created a musical performance in conjunction with ITG and the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, Shine, and toured it to 8 international cities to engage youth voices in residence planning-http://www.insidethegreenhouse.org/shine/

keywords

  • use of performance-based methods to support youth in authoring climate solutions at the local level, vocal empowerment for women in all aspects of sustainable development, theatre for development, creative climate communication, community engagement in resilience planning at the city level, young women's vocal empowerment, good natured comedy, environmental education

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Teaching

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  • ATLS 3173 - Creative Climate Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    We generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change and engage with various dimensions of issues associated with sustainability. We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are or can be communicated, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theatre, film, fine art, television programming, blogs, performance art, for example) and then be creating our own work. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Same as ENVS 3173 and THTR 4173.
  • DNCE 5048 - Performance and Community Engagement
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Engages students in the power of performance for effecting positive social change. Students research collaboratively to create performances and workshop experiences to intentionally author the future they want. Readings provide theoretical foundations that serve as the basis for creative work. Students engage in creative explorations. Open to all forms of performance.
  • ENVS 3173 - Creative Climate Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    We generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change and engage with various dimensions of issues associated with sustainability. We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are or can be communicated, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theatre, film, fine art, television programming, blogs, performance art, for example) and then be creating our own work. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Same as ATLS 3173 and THTR 4173.
  • ENVS 4850 - ENVS Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    To be taken in final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Department enforced restriction: Requires a minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared ENVS major and approval by departmental honors committee.
  • ENVS 5930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provides academically supervised opportunities for environmental studies majors to work in public and private organizations on projects related to the students' research and career goals, and to relate classroom theory to practice.
  • THTR 4029 - Performance and Community Engagement
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Engages students in the power of performance for effecting positive social change. Students research collaboratively to create performances and workshop experiences to intentionally author the future they want. Readings provide theoretical foundations that serve as the basis for creative work. Students engage in creative explorations. Open to all forms of performance.
  • THTR 4073 - Performing Voices of Women
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Explores theories underlying the feminine voice, varied perspectives in prose and poetry, ways of embodying these voices and perspectives in performance forms and ultimately the students' own voices through creation of autobiographical performance pieces (some to be presented for student audiences). Open to both men and women. Same as WGST 4073.
  • THTR 4173 - Creative Climate Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    We generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change and engage with various dimensions of issues associated with sustainability. We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are or can be communicated, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theatre, film, fine art, television programming, blogs, performance art, for example) and then be creating our own work. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Same as ENVS 3173 and ATLS 3173.
  • THTR 5049 - Special Topics in Theatre
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Opportunity for students to explore, upon consultation with the instructor, areas in theatre that the normal sequence of offerings may not allow. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as THTR 4049.
  • THTR 6011 - On-Stage Studies: Global Ancient and Classical Theatre
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
    Studies classical and neoclassical drama in performance, with particular attention to 20th century productions and the critical and scholarly responses to these productions.
  • THTR 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WGST 4073 - Performing Voices of Women
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores theories underlying the feminine voice, varied perspectives in prose and poetry, ways of embodying these voices and perspectives in performance forms and ultimately the students' own voices through creation of autobiographical performance pieces (some to be presented for student audiences). Open to both men and women. Same as THTR 4073.

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