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Rachel E. Bauer Ph.D.

Coordinator, BA in Theatre Arts Lecturer, Theatre Arts

Rachel E. Bauer, Ph.D. is Coordinator of Academic Theatre Arts and Lecturer in Theatre Arts in the Department of Media and Theatre Arts at Sacred Heart University. She is a scholar, director, dramaturg, and performer, but first and foremost, she is an educator. In her current role at SHU, Rachel oversees the BA and Minor in Theatre Arts, and teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis, writing, and other areas of theatre studies.

In her research and teaching, Rachel focuses on highlighting the transferable nature of theatre pedagogy and theatre education, focusing on the skills gained through theatre training that are useful both on the stage and across disciplines. She hopes to continue to develop the interdisciplinary relationships between the Arts and STEM fields to advocate for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics) approach to education and communication strategies. Her other research area focuses on gender and theatre, specifically looking at women’s experiences in theatre and theatre in higher education. Rachel’s work has been published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Theatre Annual, as well as other publications on using theatre approaches in STEM classrooms.

Rachel earned a Ph.D. (’18) and M.A. (’13) in Theatre from the University of Missouri, with minors in College Teaching and Women’s and Gender Studies, and B.A.s (’10) in English and Theatre, with a concentration in Acting and Directing, from Rowan University. Originally from southern New Jersey, she now resides in Connecticut with her family. When she is not engrossed in theatre, Rachel likes to bake, create, and be in the outdoors.