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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 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 continued to teach full time at the college until 2015. His areas of specialization are speech, modern British and America drama, and the plays of Eugene O’Neill.

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