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Mary ElizaBeth Peters (she/her/hers) is an author, theatre artist and educator in Boston, Massachusetts. Beth is an inclusion-based drama teacher for the Boston Public Schools, where she teaches drama to K0-5th grade students, including students with Autism and multiple disabilities. Her work centers on social emotional learning and wellness, and includes a focus on trauma-sensitive teaching and bullying intervention. Beth is also a playwright and director, and holds a Masters Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beth has worked with Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Actors Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, New Repertory Theatre, Watertown High School, the Boston Health Commission, The Learning Center for Deaf Children, and the Perkins School for the Blind, among other organizations.
Professional affiliations and conference presentations include "Change the Stage" in association with Emerson College, the American Alliance for Theatre Education, the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild, the Emerson College Theatre Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute. Beth is currently writing a non-fiction book about living with chronic illness, navigating the American medical system, and balancing life and health. Her book aims to give practical advice, alongside heartfelt storytelling, to patients, caregivers and medical providers.
Additionally, her play “Jonathan” will open with Moonbox Productions at the Boston Center for the Arts this year. “Jonathan” is about a young man living with autism who is working at a big-box store during the busy holiday season. This play asks audiences to consider their beliefs about disability, employment and education, and to take a real look at how we treat each other.