Dr. David Beach



Professor David Beach holds a PhD in Education/Instructional Technology, Composition & Rhetoric from George Mason University, an MFA in Playwriting with concentrations in Directing and Dramaturgy from Hollins University, an MA in English/Linguistics from George Mason, and a BA in English Language and Literature from Marymount (VA) University. A professor teaching courses in composition, linguistics, playwriting, and drama, he is also a mentor in the Graduate Teaching Fellows Program. He serves on the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee and is the faculty advisor for the Creative Writers Guild and Exit 109, the literary and arts magazine. He is the Department’s representative in the Faculty Senate, also serving as Secretary of the Faculty Senate. He is the College's representative to the Academic Program Review and Enhancement Committee. David has worked in higher education for 30 years, and prior to that, he worked in corporate training/global education. His research interests include representations of the male in theatre, writing pedagogies, and writing across the curriculum.

A playwright, director, and actor, David directed Radford’s production of the medieval French farce, Husband Swap, or Swap Meats, at the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival in Kalamazoo, MI, in May 2019. His short play, Mothers and Terrorists, was awarded the John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award at the Kennedy Center's Region IV American College Theatre Festival in 2021, and his short play, Merry Christmas, Good Soldier, received the Best Dramatic Script award from The Hive Collaborative. David is the founder and artistic director of the Virginia Blue Ridge Theatre.