Dr. Barbara (Bobbi) McKean is an Associate Professor for the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona. She teaches courses in Acting, Educational Drama Methods, and Popular Entertainment. She co-edited a textbook for that course, Popular Entertainment: Performance, Spectacle, Sport and Culture, published in 2013.
Her research focuses on the role of the teaching artist within professional theatre organizations, schools and community. Her book, A Teaching Artist at Work, focuses on the preparation of beginning teaching artists. Since 2004, Dr. McKean has been the educational consultant for Montana Shakespeare in the Schools, working on the fall tours to middle and high schools. Before teaching at the University level, Bobbi was a professional actress and teaching artist. She was Director of Education at the Seattle Children’s Theatre for seven years.