Who is Beth?
Beth Reeves is an actor, director and teaching artist. A graduate of Columbus State University Department of Theatre, her thesis is titled Preserving West African Storytelling in the Pittsburgh Cycle. "Now that I know how to do the art, it's time to do the work". This statement serves as the reason why Beth is in theatre: to pay respect to her ancestors, use the art form to initiate social justice and to promote a cathartic experience.
Beth has worked with University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film, Speak with Purpose (Seattle, Washington), Dalton Little Theatre, The Creative Arts Guild, Fountain City Poetry Slam, The Springer Opera House, among other arts organizations throughout the years. She has also worked with after school programming such as the Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley, Girls Inc. of Columbus and Phenix-Russell, Empowered Youth of Columbus, New Horizons Behavioral Health, and Child and Youth Services on Fort Benning. Her teaching methods gravitate toward Socially Responsible Theatre.
Currently, she teaches for her alma mater, Columbus State University Department of Theatre and Dance. As a leader, she has pushed for representation inside the classroom, the curriculum and on stage. Beth teaches African-American Theatre and Performance. The course examines the origins of Black Theatre in America and how the political climate in the 19th and 20th centuries impacted the development of Black Art. She also teaches Socially Responsible Theatre (focusing on how art and activism connect), Introduction to Acting/Directing and Theatre Appreciation for the department.