Dr. Ann Marie Byrd began teaching at UMUC in 2019 after residing in Southern California where she taught at both the Cal State Fullerton and Orange Coast College. Previously, she was a full-time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and the University of Notre Dame. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as an M.A. and B.A. in English from Michigan State University.
Dr. Byrd has a diverse academic background teaching English Literature, Writing, Speech, Communication, Humanities, World Literature, Dramatic Literature, Theatre Directing, and Acting for the Stage & Screen.
As a professional writer, Dr. Byrd is a broadly published scholar, journalist, arts columnist and theatre critic as well as a webmaster—developing marketing and social media content for not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise are in Restoration and Renaissance drama, and she is the author of The Ravishing Restoration, a feminist-historicist study of 17thcentury English playwright Aphra Behn. As a theatre practitioner, she is a historian, critically-acclaimed stage director and an active member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).