Arts and Letters Faculty

James Beard

Professor of Communication Arts


Master of Fine Arts, City University of New York
Bachelor of Arts, Oswego State University

Office: Aquinas 120-G
Office Hours:  T/TH 7-9 am, and 1:15-3:15 pm
Phone: 845-569-3234


Public Speaking
Advanced Public Speaking


Prior to joining the Mount Saint Mary College faculty, Professor Beard appeared in numerous theatrical productions in New York and throughout the country. As the theatre director at the Mount, he directed approximately thirty-five productions between 1982 and 2009. He has served the college as chair of the Division of Arts and Letters, chair of the Curriculum and Promotion and Tenure Committees, and as chair of the Faculty Senate. He was awarded the college’s Faculty Award for meritorious service in 2001. In 2009, he retired from theatrical production, but continues to teach full time at the college. His areas of specialization are speech, modern British and America drama, and the plays of Eugene O’Neill.

Professor Beard earned a BA in speech and theatre from Oswego State University, an MFA in directing from City University of New York, and received his professional acting training at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. He is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and Theatre Association of New York State. He has served on the board of the Orange County Arts Council and currently chairs the board of directors of Ritz Theater Newburgh, Inc.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Association of University Professors
Assciation for Theatre in Higher Education
Theatre Association of New York State

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