George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Theatre
Teaching Areas: Acting, Musical Theatre
Date of Hire: September 1982
Beth Turcotte has been an inspirational theatre artist and educator devoted to the development of new work and emerging talent for the past thirty years. She has earned accolades in both professional and educational arenas for her visionary projects and passion for arts education. Her immersive learning undertaking, The Circus in Winter, an original musical inspired by the novel by Cathy Day, was the culmination of a classroom project by 15 undergraduate students. The piece was selected to participate in the American College Theatre Festival at The Kennedy Center and was honored with eleven awards including Outstanding New Work, Director of a New Work and Set Design. This opportunity has propelled many young artists to the forefront of their professions, including collaborator and Circus composer Ben Clark.
Beth is the recipient of the 2012 Creative Endeavor Award for her dedication to arts education and the creative process. In her community work, she created the Cornerstone Center for the Arts, an inner-city arts institution discovering young unheard voices and exposing over 15,000 children to theatre, dance and music. Beth has traveled, taught and performed throughout Asia, delivering American musical theatre to new audiences. Beth is now a George and Frances Distinguished Professor of Theatre as of Fall 2014.
She is a Professor of Theatre and Dance Performance at Ball State University and received her MFA from Southern Methodist University.
The Virginia Ball Immersive Learning Project The Circus In Winter premieres at Goodspeed Opera House, October 23 and runs through November 16.