Beth Osnes PhD, is an Associate Professor of theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is co-founder of Inside the Greenhouse, an endowed initiative on the CU campus to inspire creative communication on climate (www.insidethegreenhouse.net). As cofounder of the former Mothers Acting Up (2002–2011), she toured a program, in partnership with Philanthropiece Foundation, entitled the MOTHER 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. In conjunction with that program, she is developing a methodology that is specific to gender equity in clean energy development, using theatre to include voices of women living in poverty in the planning and implementation of development projects in Panama, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua, and the Navajo Nation. She has presented that work at the 2010 World Renewable Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, the 2012 World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, and the 2012 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio. She also has conducted field research as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia; published books (including Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development) and many articles on women’s vocal empowerment, gender equity in sustainable development, mothering, activism, and the performing arts. She is featured in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (www.motherthefilm.com). Her original solar-powered shadow puppet performance, Clean Energy Access: The Musical was performed at schools in the Navajo Nation and at the Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City. She is currently touring an original new musical Shine to select cities that are a part of the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative to engage youth voices in resilience planning.
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