Mary Beth Easley

Mary Beth Easley is Head of Directing at The University of Iowa. Focusing on new play development, intercultural theatre expression, and outreach to under-represented urban and rural communities where she utilizes devised theatre as a means to deepen awareness and foment change, Ms. Easley has been directing plays, coaching, and teaching acting in New York City for many years. She was previously Artistic Director at Brooklyn College. She has directed Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the Midwest. Her work has been featured at The Bushwick Starr, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Rep, The Women’s Project, The New Federal Theater, and LaMama ETC, among others. A guest director and responder at the Great Plains Theater Conference since 2013, Ms. Easley is currently working with composer Mark Bruckner and author Diane Glancy (an alum of the UI Writer’s workshop) on adapting Ms. Glancy’s novel Pushing the Bear into a multi-media musical.

Role with GPTC: Responder, Instructor, PlayFest Director